Byron Shire Flood Recovery Update - 29 April 2022

Published on 29 April 2022

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Welcome to our last community-wide Byron Shire Flood Recovery Update. This will be the last time we send a flood recovery update to our Shire-wide subscriber base. 

We acknowledge that parts of our Shire are no longer in flood recovery mode, and for others there is still a long road ahead. 

If you wish to continue receiving flood recovery updates, we warmly welcome you to subscribe to our Byron Shire Flood Recovery Update list. 

We will continue to send regular flood recovery updates to those of you who opt in to receive them. 

Click here to subscribe to the Byron Shire Flood Recovery Update list. 

From next week, we will resume sending our regular Community E News updates only to this list. 

Be sure to subscribe to receive our Flood Recovery updates.  We’ll be sure to keep reminding you in the weeks to come. 

At the risk of repeating ourselves – the NSW Flood Inquiry wants your submission.  

There is also a community meeting next Tuesday evening (3 May 2022) at Southern Cross University. If you don’t want to travel to Lismore you can watch the meeting on-line. The details are below. 

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 NSW Service Centre or at a Mobile Service Centre  

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

NSW Flood Inquiry Community Meeting 

The NSW Flood Inquiry will host a community meeting for the Northern Rivers on Tuesday 3 May in Lismore. 

Any member of the public can attend to share their views.  

The meeting details are: 

  • Tuesday 3rd May
  • 5.30pm – 7.30pm
  • Whitebrook Theatre (Y205), Southern Cross University, Military Road, Lismore

People attending should register at the NSW Flood Inquiry website.  

You can attend the meeting virtually by going to the Flood Inquiry webpage at 5:30pm on 3 May. 

Roads 

We have engaged sub-contractors who are working on a lot of the road and infrastructure problems in the hinterland. The reason for this is that we need to continue our program of work and maintenance including road reseals and upgrades. 

Upper Wilsons Creek 

Ongoing emergency access work on Upper Wilsons Creek Road is getting close to restoring 2WD access to the end of the valley.  We expect at least one more week before the road is trafficable by 2WD. 

Huonbrook 

Council’s Infrastructure Services team is developing a project plan for the upper Huonbrook valley including the staging of proposed work. We appreciate how frustrating it is for our community living in this area, but be assured planning is underway. 

We have recruited extra resources to help with the project planning and procurement state of the works.  

Huonbrook Road through slip 1 is open with traffic control from 7am – 4pm. There may be minor delays. 

Mill Road (Huonbrook) 

Our crews have been grading Mill Road this week, restoring access for a number of residents. This work is expected to be complete before the end of the week. 

Wanganui Road 

Grading and restoration work will start on Wanganui Road next week.  

Federal  

The landslip on Federal Drive is still moving and the intermittent rain is not helping things. 

We have set up technical equipment to monitor the landslip to get a solid idea of just how much it is moving. 

We are planning to have a drone in the air next week (5-6 May). Our subcontractor is using the drone to do a laser survey to progress the design solution design.  

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

A good amount of work has progressed at Kings Road, including work to stabilise the embankment. The plan is to work on sealing Kings Road in the coming weeks, as this has become a major thoroughfare for Federal residents.  

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

Mullumbimby 

Pothole repairs have been underway at Coral Avenue and Clay Avenue in Mullumbimby this week.  These roads suffered severe damage during the flood event. 

We’re halfway through repairing the slip at Monet Drive, Montecollum. We’ll provide more updates on this next week.  

Drains

Next week we have plans to repair and rebuild stormwater pits at Clifford Street, Suffolk Park. Please be aware there may be some traffic delays.  

Vacuum excavation trucks continue to work through the Shire clearing all drainage lines after the floods.  

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

Communication 

Recognising that there are still problems with mobile phone and internet access in some parts of our Shire since the floods, we have written to Telstra to ask what exactly the problems are, and how we might be able to help. 

Mullumbimby Flood Recovery Centre 

The Mullumbimby Flood Recovery Centre is open Monday to Friday from 9am to 4:30pm. 

The outreach centre will be open at South Golden Beach Community Hall next Tuesday, 3 May, from 12pm – 4pm. 

Grants  

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

Waste 

Flood collections and free drop off has finished.  

If you have not been able to access the free drop off or the collections, please contact our Resource Recovery Hotline on 1300 652 625.  

We will continue to work with rural communities who have had challenges with road access. 

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. 

 

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