$50,000 to re­pair hut

Western Suburbs Weekly - - NEWS -

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.

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