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Rule prevents driveway repair

Jim Reimer, 7-year-old son Connor and dog Sabre on the destroyed causeway he and his family used to drive across to get home.
Jim Reimer, 7-year-old son Connor and dog Sabre on the destroyed causeway he and his family used to drive across to get home. Contributed

A BATTLING Byron Shire family has had to take their home off the market and struggles every day simply to reach their house because of delays in repairs to Wilsons Creek Rd that was damaged by flooding in January.

Byron Shire Council however says a five-tonne load limit on the road can't be lifted for safety reasons.

This limit is preventing the Reimer family of Upper Wilsons Creek near Mullumbimby getting equipment in to repair their own driveway,

But the council has offered to individually consider heavy vehicles if carpenter Jim Reimer can provide truck axle specifications.

Patrizia Reimer, her husband Jim and their seven-year-old son say they have to hike 300m up a steep driveway after parking their car because a private causeway which serves their home and their neighbour's was destroyed in the flood.

It can't be repaired while the weight restrictions apply to the road.

"We cannot rebuild thanks to the five-tonne limit," Ms Reimer said.

"We need to have pipes, rocks and concrete delivered."

Mr Reimer who has owned his property for 22 years said the council had been taken far too long to fix the road.

He fears a repeat of the shemozzle which saw Byron council take 6 1/2 years to repair Lighthouse Rd which provides access to Wategos Beach and the famous lighthouse after a landslip in 2005.

Ms Reimer said the home had been for sale but the couple took it off the market "as we cannot show prospective buyers a property with no vehicle access."

The council's executive manager of community infrastructure Phil Holloway said the five-tonne limit was the result of site inspections by geotechnical consultants.

"Council appreciates the impact these restrictions are having on residents and businesses," Mr Holloway said.

"However use of the road by heavy vehicles is not considered safe and may lead to further damage of the road, including it being completely blocked."

Meanwhile, Mr Reimer carries tools and equipment 300m to his car.

Their two cars are parked on Upper Wilsons Creek Rd and they cross the creek on foot and walk up and down the steep driveway daily.

 

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Topics:  byron shire council floods mullumbimby roads



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