Natural Disaster funding wanted after New Year's downpour

THE New Year's Day heavy down pour that occurred in the early hours of the morning in the Byron Shire hinterland, caused more damage than was initially thought.

Geotechnical engineers have been assessing the damage to infrastructure at the January 1 Wilson's creek landslip site and a number of other affected locations including Coolamon Scenic Drive and Montecollum Road, said Byron Shire Council.

Council's Acting Infrastructure Services Director, Phil Warner, said estimates for repair works are coming in just under one million dollars at present.

"Crews have been able to clear most of the initial debris that came down during the storm," Mr Warner said.

"Council is continuing to work on the Wilson Creek road land slips with the removal of a large amount of spoil and vegetation and it is anticipated two way traffic movement will be possible later this week subject to a geotechnical review of the slope."

Emergency clean up works will continue on the hinterland roads over the coming weeks however Mr Warner said the impact on roads and the associated drainage infrastructure is quite extensive in some places.

"Council has submitted an application for Natural Disaster funding to the NSW Ministry for Police and Emergency Services with the estimated cost of works approaching $1 million," Mr Warner said.

"This process can take approximately three months and in the meantime, Council will continue to complete emergency works and make roads accessible." 

"Further restorative works will be dependant on the outcome of the natural disaster funding assessment."

Motorists are urged to drive to road conditions and observe all signage and road controls in place for work crews.



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