Byron Shire Flood Recovery Update - Friday 6 May 2022

Published on 06 May 2022

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We are continuing with this update to help communities and individuals in the Byron Shire who are in flood recovery mode and have told us they would appreciate ongoing information from Council work crews and teams.  

Please let your neighbours and friends know that anyone can sign up to receive these updates via our website – or forward them this link: Byron Shire Flood Recovery Update list.  

Tell us about your flood stories and experiences 

We are putting together a submission for the NSW Flood Inquiry and invite community members to share their recent flood stories and experiences via the Your Say Byron Shire website: www.yoursaybyronshire.com.au/floodinquiry 

We’ll be gathering stories until 15 May 2022 so that we can make Byron Shire Council’s submission to the inquiry by 20 May. 

This is an opportunity to ensure your story is captured and to pass on the details of your experience, from the devastation and loss, to the stories of bravery, community resilience, compassion and kindness. 

Share your flood experience stories with us online at www.yoursaybyronshire.com.au/floodinquiry.  

NSW Flood Inquiry  

Council strongly encourages members of our community to also make individual submissions to the NSW Flood Inquiry. 

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

  • 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 

Two meetings about the NSW Flood Inquiry were held in our region this week (Lismore on 3 May and Tumbulgum on 4 May).  

We have requested a meeting be held in the Byron Shire. We’ll let you know more when we know more. 

Roads 

The number one question we are getting is when will our roads in the hinterland be properly fixed? The answer is we don’t know. 

We have a contractor working on a plan for all the roads in the hinterland. This includes the design of the work that needs to happen and of course a budget for the work. 

The timeframe for this overarching plan is at least several months but most likely it will take longer than that. 

So what does that mean? It means that we will continue working on getting roads open so people can get access to their properties.  

These accesses are only temporary and every time it rains there is more damage that we must fix. 

Across the Shire – our normal program of work has resumed and this includes filling the potholes...and there are a lot of potholes.  

Huonbrook 

Thank you to the residents of Upper Huonbrook who met with our Mayor, Michael Lyon, Mark Arnold, General Manager and Phil Holloway, Director Infrastructure Services this week. 

They hiked up the valley with representatives from the Police, Services Australia and Service NSW to meet with locals and have a talk about the problems they are experiencing and what the plan looks like for the road. 

This week we got access to Huonbrook 2 landslip. Next week we are aiming to get further up again. 

We are also going to do some work at the end of what locals call ‘the goat track’ to make parking and turning around a bit easier.  

Mill Road (Huonbrook)  

The aim is to have our grader teams back on Mill Road next week. There’s a lot of work to do on this road – we know there are some pretty bad potholes. 

We will be at the mercy of the weather though, noting the forecast is for a bit more rain. 

Mill Road (Goonengerry) 

Byron Shire Council will also aim to have four grader crews working on Mill Road, Goonengerry mid next week, weather permitting.  

Grading crews will work at Billinudgel and Coopers Lane at Durrumbul, weather permitting. 

We’ve got a road seal planned for Koonyum Range Road next week (of course again we need good conditions!). The work will extend around 2.7kms of damaged road.  

Wanganui Road 

We were hoping to grade Wanganui Road and start restoration work this week but the weather has held us up. We will be moving onto this once we have finished some work on Huonbrook Road. Hang in there Wanganui residents! 

Federal  

The landslide at Federal is noticeably moving daily, and it accelerates during rainfall. 

Geotechnical investigations are ongoing and contractors have installed instruments to measure the stability of the landslip. 

We are removing some trees, as necessary, as they become unstable because of the landslip. The reason for this is because they are a safety hazard for staff working in the area. 

The contractors working on this project have said that there will be a period of several weeks where the site will be monitored and information collected to allow them to gather the data they need to come up with a solution for the road. It’s tedious and very technical work, so please bear with us.  

Good news at Monet Road with the slip there now almost repaired. We also hope to get a seal underway here in the coming weeks. The photos in this update show the incredible progress that has been made. 

Mullumbimby 

Our maintenance operations crew will start work around Stuart Street next week, particularly focusing on the road edges that were impacted during the flood event. Be sure to move your cars and allow access for our crews to get in and get the work done quickly. 

Drains 

Work has continued cleaning and vacuuming out the drainage network at Suffolk Park, including some open drain clearing work this week. Our crews are focusing on priority areas for general maintenance.  

We also have new asphalt works happening at MacGregor and Alcorn Street in Suffolk Park this week, weather permitting. 

Free Mental Health and Natural Disaster workshop for businesses 

Byron Shire businesses are invited to sign up for a free Mental Health and Natural Disaster workshop to be held on Tuesday 17 May 2022 at Byron Shire Council in Mullumbimby from 9am to 1pm (lunch provided). 

The workshop will be facilitated by Mullumbimby Psychology and is funded by the Commonwealth under the Disaster Recovery Funding arrangements.   

It will include: 

  • Information on the mental health landscape after a natural disaster
  • Psychology first-aid strategies
  • Completion of a well-being checklist and mental health action plan
  • Mental health supports available.

People can register for the workshop by emailing economicdeveloment@byron.nsw.gov.au by Tuesday 10 May 2022. 

The maximum number of participants is 15 people. 

Northern Rivers Flood Roadshow  

The Department of Regional NSW is delivering a series of sessions for businesses and primary producers significantly impacted by the floods.  

The sessions are designed to help business identify which grant, package, or assistance they may be eligible to apply for. 

The dates, times and locations are listed below.  

Register via Eventbrite registration for the session you would like to attend. 

  • 9 May from 4.30pm to 8.00pm at Kyogle Memorial Hall
  • 10 May from 8.00am - 12.00pm at Woodburn Rod n Reel Hotel
  • 10 May from 4.00pm - 8.00pm at Lismore Heights Sports Club
  • 11 May from 8.00am - 12.00pm at Lennox Head Community Centre
  • 11 May from 4.00pm - 8.00pm at Murwillumbah Services Club

Telecommunication update 

In last week’s E News update, we mentioned that Council had contacted Telstra on 29 April to question why members of our community are still experiencing problems with mobile phone and internet access – what the problems are and how we might be able to help.  

We understand that there are people in Mullumbimby township experiencing issues because of the recent tower fire. There are also people in our hinterland areas who have not recovered their telecommunication services since the first flood event.  
 
Council has not yet received any response from Telstra but we will let you know when we do.  
   
Residents in the Huonbrook area this week reported that Telstra had been in contact with them and was onsite re-establishing a land line this week. 

Mullumbimby Flood Recovery Centre

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

Grants  

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

Waste 

Flood waste collections and free drop off have 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.  

Any items put out on the kerbside or roadside will be considered illegal dumping so it is important that you make contact with us if you need help. 

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

Water quality of our beaches and waterways 

The latest water quality results from beaches and estuaries on on our website. 

Tell us about your flood heights  

If you haven’t had a chance, we’re still keen to hear from residents and businesses about the flood heights that occurred 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 the Flood support, donations and funding page on Council’s website. 

 

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