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Federal Drive road works to start

Byron Shire Council is starting construction works this week on Federal Drive, Goonengerry.

The worksite is on Federal Drive between Mafeking Rd and Jarretts Rd intersections.

The fifteen week road upgrade program includes major earthworks (including embankments), storm water upgrade, rock gabion wall, road renewal and tree removal.

Weather permitting the works will be completed in May 2017.

The works will be done in the following stages:

Stage 1 – Pre road construction works
Removal of Camphor Laurel trees from Monday 23 January 2017. The worksite will be under Traffic Control from 7am to 5pm daily.  The approved removal of non-native trees is to improve road safety and line-of-site for motor vehicles.

Stage 2 – Installation of gabion basket retaining wall
From 31 January 2017 the worksite will be CLOSED TO ALL TRAFFIC 24hrs a day 7 days a week until the finalisation of the road construction works.

Stage 3 – Road reconstruction and drainage works
Road reconstruction and drainage works will commence from approximately 21 February 2017 upon completion of the gabion basket retaining wall. The worksite will remain CLOSED TO ALL TRAFFIC. 24hrs a day 7 days a week until the finalisation of the works.

Property owners and residents, who have a driveway within the worksite, have been contacted by Council to ensure access.

The worksite will be under traffic control for all stages and motorists are required to follow site traffic controllers and signage.

Council appreciates motorists’ co-operation and patience during the road closure which will allow the works to be expedited, minimising longer term impacts on the community.

Council is also keen to hear from Byron Shire residents who live within ten kilometres of Federal Drive who are interested in free clean fill material for earthworks, landscaping, agricultural and other permitted uses.

The fill offered is certified virgin excavated natural material (VENM) and would be delivered in 12 tonne tip trucks to approved sites.

For enquiries please contact Byron Shire Council engineer, Hank Spangler on 6685 9328.

Additional project updates will be made available via Council’s website at

Media contact:

Media Communication Officer
Byron Shire Council
Ph: 02 6626 7320

Byron Shire is located at Australia's eastern-most point with a population of almost 29,000. It is a thriving community where residents and visitors live, work and play in a sustainable environment and where Council strives to deliver the highest standard of local government services and infrastructure.