Byron Shire Council headquarters at Mullumbimby
Byron Shire Council headquarters at Mullumbimby

Emergency access initiated for Upper Coopers Creek

BYRON Shire Council has advised that an emergency four-wheel drive access road for Upper Coopers Creek Rd, near Mullumbimby, has been identified with permission being sought from the landowners to allow access.

The council closed Upper Coopers Creek Rd - a no-through road - to vehicles and pedestrians on February 6 after an inspection of a landslip caused by ex-cyclone Oswald revealed there was an "immediate risk of catastrophic collapse".

The closure has affected about 40 properties.

Mayor Simon Richardson said: "Geotechnical drilling rigs are onsite and are working under highly controlled and supervised conditions to try and determine how fast the slip is moving and gathering information on the best way to repair the road.

"It is a slow process due to the highly hazardous conditions and as soon as we have additional information from the engineers we will provide an update."

The landslip is 150m long and has a 40m-deep drop to the creek on one side and a high steep hill on the upside.

This week the NSW SES provided transport to help key emergency representatives get into Upper Coopers Creek.

Cr Richardson said residents had been offered help with relocation should they feel the need to leave the area and welfare services were assisting with accommodation.

Upper Coopers Creek Public School students have relocated to Goonengerry Public School.

Principal Sharon Turner said they were fortunate that Goonengerry, just 10 minutes away from their school, which has 11 students, had a spare classroom.

She said local residents believed it could be months before the road was reopened.



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