Wilsons Creek Road. The site of a landslip.
Wilsons Creek Road. The site of a landslip. Jerad Williams

Children slip into school

IT WILL be an unusual start to the school year for dozens of Wilsons Creek children today as they negotiate a landslip on their way to and from the school bus.

Students will have to be walked from one side of the slip to the other because the bus cannot cross the dangerous section of road near Wilsons Creek Public School.

Half the road collapsed into the flooded Wilsons Creek last week following days of torrential rain.

Owner of the Mullumbimby Bus Service, Gary Hughes, said there were about 70 students on the west side of the slip that he could no longer pick up or drop off at their usual bus stops. The bus route will now start and end at Wilsons Creek Public School, just east of the slip. Traffic controllers will assist school children and walk them from one side of the slip to the other when needed.

Mr Hughes said it would be too dangerous for even a small bus to cross the remaining single lane.

"The weight limit is far less than what even our smallest bus is. They're not letting anything bigger than a 4WD across," he said.

While the school year officially started yesterday, Mr Hughes said the bulk of students who caught the bus were returning to school today.

Meanwhile, repair of the road is expected to take at least two weeks and is dependent on the weather, Byron Shire Council says.

Community infrastructure executive manager Phil Holloway said the council would have to cover the repair costs because the region had not been declared a natural disaster area. The repairs bill was still being calculated.

And while some have already begun comparing it to Byron Bay's Lighthouse Rd slip, which has taken more than five years to fix, it is understood these repairs should be more straightforward.



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