Two council-owned sites at Brunswick Heads have been identified by the NSW Government as locations for temporary housing for people who had their homes damaged by the floods.
Council is now working with Resilience NSW to finalise details of lease arrangements which would allow for temporary housing to be erected on a smaller site at Excelsior Circuit in Bayside next to Lilly Pilly Preschool and at 125 Tweed Street on the remediated former STP site for up to five years.
The pop-up flood housing in the Byron Shire will be managed by Resilience NSW in conjunction with local community housing providers.
“I don’t think anyone would dispute the critical need we have right now for safe and secure housing for people who are rebuilding and recovering from the flood disasters. People need this housing now,” Byron Shire Mayor Michael Lyon said.
Mayor Lyon said Council supported the development of the sites for short-term residential accommodation as resolved at the Council Meeting on 12 May.
“This project sits with Resilience NSW and Service NSW who will be engaging directly with people to determine their level of need and support,” he said.
The two sites are included in the $350 million modular housing packing for the Northern Rivers, announced by the NSW Premier, Dominic Perrottet, on Sunday 17 April 2022.
Similar temporary housing is being set up on various sites in neighbouring shires and potentially other sites in Byron Shire that are not owned by Council.