In response to community concern about flooding and overflow incidents in the community, Council will use Water Sensitive Urban Design to help absorb excess stormwater as a low impact and long term, sustainable solution.
Mullumbimby’s leafy wide streets currently have grassy nature strips with mature trees offering valued shade. Some have edible street gardens, pockets of parking sealed with permeable, functional materials. All lend to a relaxed, walkable and spacious feel.
The town’s rear lanes, although narrow, are highly valued as they maintain a connection with the service and industrial architecture of the past, but deliver a more pedestrian and cycle friendly space.
The Water Sensitive Urban Design projects aim to enhance Mullumbimby’s low scale, 'country town' feel and landscape character with further street-based garden projects.
The use of greening techniques to create cooler microclimates, capture stormwater and continue to combat the urban heat island effects in the town centre are all important to the delivery of a high-quality, attractive environment. Well blended planting of local indigenous trees and vegetation will create a connection to the caldera as well as provide shade, shelter and ecological benefits.
Mullumbimby’s ‘heritage’ look and feel will not only be maintained through Water Sensitive Urban Design projects, but will benefit from better stormwater drainage in private residences and street frontages. Flooding will be reduced, street aesthetics will improve, public spaces will be greener and cooler.