$50,000 to repair hut
THE Town of Mosman Park faces a $50,000 bill to fix concrete cancer and other repairs at the heritagelisted WWII Leighton Artillery Battery on Buckland Hill.
A May engineering report to the council said the battery’s 1940s-built tunnels were in good “overall” condition, but subsequent investigations found corrosion in some lintels in the battery’s tunnels, corrosion in windows in an observation post, and concrete falling from the radar hut’s roof.
The radar hut’s steps also had corrosion, some overhanging concrete at the hut had exposed reinforcing, and there was corrosion at the battery’s command post.
The only quote for repairs before a December 15 meeting estimated the cost of the repair work at $42,375, but other estimates are being sought.
A staff report said any cost of repairs could be offset with a State Government grant for the conservation of culturally significant places.