Wilsons Creek community represented in road repair project
BYRON Shire Council is to establish a Project Reference Group to oversee the repairs on Wilsons Creek Road caused by the landslip on January 26 this year.
The group will be comprised of six members to be nominated from amongst Wilsons Creek Rd residents along with Councillors Duncan Dey, Rose Wanchap and Basil Cameron to form the PRG.
Representatives will also be invited from the Roads and Maritime Services, other state authorities and members of parliament.
It follows a notice of motion from Cr Duncan Dey at last Thursday's council meeting.
Cr Dey said the the group would offer expertise where it could, assist in preparing a project time-frame, consider options for earliest completion and advise on risks to the community in keeping the road closed to various staged load limits.
He also requested that the Council write to relevant state government departments asking for assistance with opening of fire trails or tracks that could be used in an emergency, facilitation of school transport arrangements and provision of water.
"Our united approach will deliver a strong message to state government that we need rapid support and funding to restore full access to Wilson Creek," Cr Dey said.
Mayor Simon Richardson said the group was an opportunity to combine Council and community commitment and showed faith in completing the restoration works as quickly as possible.
Council will aim to hold its first Project Reference Group meeting in December.