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Council survey to support claim for disaster funding

Byron Shire Council needs help collecting data from flood affected residents.

Feedback provided will help to build support to lobby the Australian Government for disaster relief funding for flood affected residents.

Mayor Simon Richardson said he and staff had been in contact with federal politicians pleading the case for inclusion in the Australian Government Disaster Recovery Payment and Disaster Recovery Allowance (DRA).

“Unlike our neighbouring shires in the Lismore and Tweed, Byron has been told that we have to demonstrate the need for the funding.

“It goes without saying that we are shocked by this response and are appealing to the Minster for Justice, The Hon Michael Keenan MP,  to declare the funding available to our residents.

“This is fast becoming a national disgrace. Our residents are Australians who deserve to be treated as equally as any other.

“The rain and extreme flooding event doesn’t discriminate according to shire boundaries  and the Australian Government shouldn't either.

“We call on the Minister for Justice to treat one resident on one side of a shire boundary equally as their neighbour in the other side if they have suffered the same damage and devastation to their house, contents or livelihood,” Mayor Richardson said.

Byron Shire Council has sent data from the support services and on the ground staff to the Ministerial office and now needs to capture further input from flood affected residents.

Flood affected residents are being asked to complete the survey on Council’s website www.byron.nsw.gov.au or https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/byronshireflood.

Waste clean-up crews will continue over the weekend and into next week.

Kerbside clean-up schedule:

  • Saturday , 8 April  – Mullumbimby clean-up zone
  • Sunday, 9 April – Mullumbimby clean-up zone

Next week

  • Monday, 10 April – Mullumbimby clean-up zone
  • Tuesday, 11 April  – Billinudgel 
  • Wednesday, 12 April– New Brighton clean-up zone
  • Thursday, 13 April - South Golden Beach and Ocean Shores clean-up zone
  • Friday, 14 April – Mullumbimby clean-up zone

The Byron Resource Recovery Centre on Manse Road, Myocum, is also accepting flood damaged bulky items and green waste, free of charge until Saturday 15 April.  Please note that the centre will be closed on Good Friday, 14 April.

Infrastructure services director Phil Holloway said pothole crews will also continue to work throughout the shire over the coming weeks.

“From this week’s inspections, the worst effected roads are the rural gravel roads at  Upper Wilsons Creek, Wanganui and Huonbrook.

“Whilst still open, we are urging motorists to use caution when travelling in these areas and drive to conditions.

“Interim access along the roads is being restored  as quickly as possible during the continued wet weather.

“Residents in rural areas should also use caution when crossing causeways where the water has not yet gone down,” he said.

Road updates and closures are available on My RoadInfo  http://www.myroadinfo.com.au/landing.asp. Council’s after hours emergency number 6622 7022 is also manned over the weekend to report incidents. 

The Mullumbimby & District Neighbourhood Centre (55 Dalley St, Mullumbimby NSW 2482) is continuing to provide community support and emergency relief services. Phone: 02 6684 1286

Donations of grocery cards for people affected by floods are urgently required and graciously accepted. Donations of food items are also appreciated. Food items will be used to cook meals for those in need.

For people wishing to make financial donations to those affected by flood, there is a donations button on the MDNC website: https://mdnc.org.au/ 100% of donations received are used to purchase grocery cards for people in need and donations are tax deductible.

For furniture donations go to the "Helping Hands Byron Shire" Facebook page.

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.