Byron Shire Flood Recovery Update - 22 April 2022

Published on 22 April 2022

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We are in the tricky space now where we are still working on flood damage and flood-related matters alongside the normal day-to-day operations of Council. 

Things like slashing and mowing and the filling of potholes are being done but it will take a little bit of time to get the schedule back to normal so please be patient. 

If it is something urgent be sure to call our Customer Service team on 02 6626 7000 or you can use the Report It tab on our website. 

There would be very few people who have not been impacted by the floods either directly or indirectly and everyone is encouraged to make a submission to the NSW Flood Inquiry. 

NSW Flood Inquiry  

Submissions are open for the 2022 NSW Flood Inquiry until Friday 20 May.   

Public submissions can be made via:   

  • Email: inquiry@floodinquiry.nsw.gov.au
  • NSW Government Flood Inquiry submissions portal
  • Post: NSW Independent Flood Inquiry, GPO Box 5341, Sydney NSW 2001
  • In-person at any Service NSW Service Centre or at a Mobile Service Centre 

For more information go to the NSW Government's Flood Inquiry webpage. 

Roads 

Upper Wilsons Creek 

Contractors are working on restoring road conditions for 2WD vehicles, from the first causeway back into the valley. Most currently they have: 

  • Started work on causeway cleanout, shaping roadside drains, safety bund on low side of slip area.
  • Imported rock for causeway and rectification of road formation with tandem tipper.
  • An 8-tonne excavator has cleaned up road formation between causeways 5 and 6, spread rock and tidied up roadside drains.
  • Cleaned out causeways 7 and 8 with grab, spreading rock each side of aprons and started work in the slip catch drain on low side of formation.
  • Import rock for causeway and rectification of road formation with tandem tipper.

Huonbrook 

It has been two months and people are still isolated in the upper reaches of the Huonbrook Valley.  

It is a terrible and frustrating time for many, and we are doing everything we can to get the roads cleared and open.  

It might not be happening as fast as everyone would like but we are doing our best, keeping in mind we cannot open any roads if they are not safe for vehicles to travel on. 

If causeways and drains have not been cleared in the upper valley it is because we cannot get the equipment up there to do it.  

Restoring safe access, unfortunately, is a long and tedious process which is not what isolated residents need to hear but that is the unfortunate truth.  

  • Teams are in the final stages of initial earthworks to remove debris.
  • Geotechnical investigations are underway to determine the stability of the soil. The results of this work will give our engineers and staff the information they need for more short and long-term repairs and rebuilding. Importantly – we will know exactly what load limits the road can take.
  • Huonbrook Road through slip is opened with traffic control 7AM – 4PM – some minor delays during works may be experienced.

Mill Road (Huonbrook) 

Emergency access has been restored. 

Wanganui Road 

2WD access is open to the end of the road. 

Williams Bridge  

The main route between Main Arm and Mullumbimby has been restored. 

It's taken just over seven weeks to restore the abutments that were ripped away in the flood event. 

Getting rock was a huge challenge for us, and we must thank our contractors and the ADF who helped make this happen. 

And of course, the Council staff who pulled this project together! We look forward to seeing more Main Arm locals around Mullum more often now! 

Federal  

There is no quick and easy fix for the landslip at Federal Drive.  

This week we continued the geotechnical investigations to give us more information about the stability of the soil and the site generally and this information will be used to inform the design and remediation work.  

On the 5-6 May people may notice a drone in the air near the site. Our subcontractor is using the drone to do a laser survey which will also provide valuable information to help with design.  

At this stage it looks like the road will remain closed for at least three to six months.  

It is an unstable area so please do not go past or move the signs that say ‘road closed’. 

If you need any more information about this project call Josh Provis or Kirk Weallans on 02 6626 7000. 

Drains 

We have full-time vacuum excavation trucks working through the Shire clearing all drainage lines following the floods.  

People at Suffolk Park have been asking about this and we expect the trucks to be in that area in the next few weeks.  

As a part of this process we are using CCTV to assess whether there has been any significant damage to the network. 

Mullumbimby Flood Recovery Centre 

The Mullumbimby Flood Recovery Centre will be closed on Anzac Day, Monday 25 April.  

Except for public holidays the Centre is open Monday to Friday from 9am to 4:30pm. 

The outreach centre will continue to operate at the South Golden Beach Community Hall: 

  • Tuesday 26 April from 12pm to 4pm.
  • Tuesday 3 May from 12pm to 4pm.

Due to low attendance the outreach service at Billinudgel has been put on hold. 

Waste 

Apart from some rural communities, we are now finalising our flood waste service. 

You can book in a free drop-off for your flood-damaged waste to the Byron Resource Recovery Centre until 26 April 2022. Make a booking by calling 1300 652 625. Make sure you bring proof of address. 

Skip bins were removed from the following locations today: 

  • Palmwoods
  • RFS Upper Wilsons Creek
  • Left Bank Road
  • Coopers Lane/Main Arm Road

Kerbside collection of flood waste has finished. 

We are still working with rural communities who have had challenges with road access, helping with waste removal. 
 
Reminder: the Byron Resource Recovery Centre at Myocum is closed on ANZAC day. 

Back Home Grants 

The Back Home grant is open. 

Flood-affected homeowners, renters and landlords can now apply for ‘Back Home’ grant payments to help replace appliances, reconnect utilities and carry out structural repairs to make their homes safe and habitable again. 

The $112 million state and federal co-funded package provides one-off payments of: 

  • $20,000 for owner-occupiers
  • $15,000 for landlords
  • $5000 for renters

Information on the Back Home grant is on the Service NSW website. 

Council Business survey   

Was your business damaged or impacted by the floods?   

Please take our survey so that we can have a better understanding of the impacts and how Council can best help you.  

Tell us about your flood heights  

We're keen to hear from residents and businesses about the flood heights at your property.  

Share your experience via the Tell us about flood heights at your property page on our website. 

Make a donation – make a difference  

We’re raising money for two great causes:  

  • The Mullumbimby District Neighbourhood Centre and the Byron Community Centre to help with the purchase of community buses.  
  • Improving telecommunications for communities in isolated areas by buying equipment to connect these communities in emergencies. 

Help us support our community’s needs by donating to the Byron Shire Mayoral Flood Recovery Appeal.  

Information about this appeal and how to donate are on our Flood support, donations and funding page on Council’s website. 

Grants 

Information on grants available to individuals and businesses is on the Service NSW website. 

 

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