Byron Shire Flood Recovery Update – Friday 19 August 2022

Published on 19 August 2022

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Roads Update   

Flood damage work, along with our normal program of road maintenance and improvement for roads, drains etc., is ongoing around the Shire. 

As we move towards ending these Flood Recovery Updates, information on major flood damage projects will shortly be posted to the website and updated regularly. 

At this point we are thinking regularly will mean monthly, keeping in mind that work in the hinterland areas will take many months, even years. 

In the next edition of the Flood Recovery Update, we will post the links to key roadwork and infrastructure information. 

Work on the landslip at Huonbrook started last Friday and contractors have been cracking on with the job of getting basic road access to those residents who are still isolated. 

We are working on the details for work at Upper Wilsons Creek and Upper Main Arm and there will be more information about this in the next edition. 

Information about the reconstruction of Federal Drive is on our website.  

Report your road damage and potholes  

It is important that you tell us about the potholes and damage to your roads. Every time we post something on social media about the roads that we fixed; people tell us about the roads we have not fixed. 

We know there are many roads in a poor state, and we are doing our best with what we have.  

The best way to notify us of potholes, or road damage, is via the Report It tab on our website.  

Waste      

Free flood drop off has finished. Exceptions may apply with prior written approval.     

Call 1300 652 625 for more information.  

In the hinterland we recommenced kerbside bin collections along Wanganui Road yesterday. 

The contractor can only service properties up to and including 230 Wanganui Road. Residents beyond this point are asked to bring their bins to the turnaround at number 230. 

NSW Government help with flood debris on public and private land 

The NSW Environment Protection Authority is responsible for large flood debris, such as cars, that is still on private land, public land and in some waterways.  

For the clean-up of all flood debris on private land, register at Request clean-up of flood debris on private land program | Service NSW. For further info call MRA Consulting Group on 0492 941 487.  

If you have found large or hazardous flood waste on the beach, or in rivers and waterways you can report this directly, via email, to flood.programs@epa.nsw.gov.au.  

You can find details for all flood clean-up programs on the EPA (Environment Protection Authority) website. There are guidelines for each program.  

Please note the recovery of insured vehicles will be the responsibility of insurance companies.  

Safe Haven in Mullumbimby   

The Safe Haven community support and wellbeing hub at Mullumbimby is open. 

Clinicians and support workers are at the hub, seven days a week, to provide immediate care and help to people who need mental health support because of the floods.  

It is a free service and no appointment is necessary. Just drop in. 

  • Free
  • Open seven days a week 
  • 12pm – 6pm 
  • Behind the CWA Hall in Tincogan St, Mullumbimby   

Mullumbimby Flood Recovery Centre    

The Mullumbimby Flood Recovery Centre is operating out of the CWA Hall on the corner of Tincogan and Gordon Streets in Mullumbimby.  

The Recovery Centre will be open on Monday 22 August from 9am to 4.00pm. It will not open on 24 August because of the Flood Grants Support Sessions at the Mullumbimby Ex Services Club. 

The following services are available:

  • Service NSW
  • Legal Aid NSW
  • Insurance services.  

The Flood Recovery Centre will operate as normal in the week starting 29 August with the doors open on the 29 and 31 August. 

Flood Grants Support Sessions in Mullumbimby next week 

Service NSW will be holding flood grant support sessions in Mullumbimby from 23-25 August. 

Flood grant specialists will be available to help people with new or existing flood grant applications.

  • Mullumbimby Ex Services Club, 58 Dalley Street
  • Tuesday 23 August, 9am to 5pm
  • Wednesday 24 August, 10am to 7pm
  • Thursday 25 August, 9am to 5pm 

Book your free face-to-face appointment by calling Service NSW on 13 77 88. 

More information is available on the Service NSW website.  

Flood Property Assessment Team in Mullumbimby next week 

The NSW Government’s Flood Property Assessment team will be in Mullumbimby from 23 - 25 August. 

The team can help residents, businesses, and primary producers with accessing: 

  • A free property assessment, including an inspection report and repair schedule with estimated costs.
  • If required, an electrical make safe and structural inspection.
  • Free property demolition if applicable and only with the property owner's consent.
  • Disaster Relief Grant 

The team will be in the mobile registration van at 55 Dally Street from 9am to 4pm on: 

  • Tuesday 23 August
  • Wednesday 24 August
  • Thursday 25 August  

The property assessment program is being delivered by the Johns Lyng Group; a building company specialised in disaster recovery.  

You can also register for the program by calling 13 77 88 or by visiting the Service NSW website.

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