Council counting cost of rain event


With the rain easing, Byron Shire Council staff are continuing to respond to problems caused by the recent rain, including inspecting the condition of roads, bridges and drains.

In the seven days from 7 February to 13 February, official gauges recorded 614mm at the Cape Byron Lighthouse and 535.8mm at Mullumbimby.

This amount of rain has done significant damage to Council infrastructure, the cost of which is currently being assessed.

Cameron Clark, Byron Shire Council’s Acting Director Infrastructure Services, said it will be some weeks before the cost of the natural disaster is realised.

“The rain has caused significant damage to roads and we are patching potholes as a priority as weather permits,” Mr Clark said.

“People need to be aware of the potential for land slips and while our staff are out checking if people do notice something I urge them to contact Council.

“The amount of rain put extraordinary pressure on our sewerage treatment plants and we are continuing to work through some of these problems, and people in Mullumbimby also experienced problems,” he said.

“We are aware of this historic problem in Mullumbimby and the inflow and infiltration project we started last year (2019) aims to resolve some of these drainage issues,” Mr Clark said.

After a short closure last week, the Resource Recovery Centre is now open for business again.

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