A resident, who asked not to be named, hops in the sink hole that has appeared in Matong Drive, Ocean Shores. Residents in the street have rigged an impromptu barricade around the hole to prevent any cars running into it.
A resident, who asked not to be named, hops in the sink hole that has appeared in Matong Drive, Ocean Shores. Residents in the street have rigged an impromptu barricade around the hole to prevent any cars running into it.

Sink hole opens up at Oceans Shores

AND you thought the pot holes were big where you live.

Residents of Matong Drive, Ocean Shores awoke this morning to find a gaping hole had opened up in the middle of their road over-night.

The hole measures about 90cm long and 40cm wide and is at least two metres deep. But it could stretch on much deeper as it appears to turn the corner underground in soft clay.

And it doesn't look like it would take much for the hole to grow even bigger as the 3cm deep bitumen rim appears to be in a precarious state.

Local resident David Fairhurst could have easily driven into the chasm near the corner of Gilba Ave.

"I was driving up here and thought, 'not another pothole'", Mr Fairhurst said.

But as he got closer he realised he was dealing with something way more dangerous and raised the alarm.

Residents quickly fashioned a safety perimeter around it out of two wheelie bins and some rope.

They hold concerns that repairing it may result in having to tear up a large section of the no through road.

Byron Shire Council is investigating the cause of the road's collapse.


View Ocean Shores sink hole in a larger map


Vessel washed to sea, destroyed in overnight incident

Vessel washed to sea, destroyed in overnight incident

Crew members had to jump from the sinking vessel

11 photos that prove spring is here

11 photos that prove spring is here

Spring is in the air, and our readers' photo reflect that this week

Your chance to see the best gardens in Lismore

Your chance to see the best gardens in Lismore

Learn the secrets of the region's green thumbs

Local Partners