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2022 Floods

Byron Shire Flood Recovery Update – Thursday 10 March 2022



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Byron Shire Flood Recovery Update – Thursday 10 March 2022

There’s no quick recovery from a flood like we experienced last week and the hard work continues for our community.

Council’s teams are working flat out on getting road access to places like Wilsons Creek, Main Arm, Huonbrook and Wanganui and the Australian Defence Force is working with us to get this happening which is terrific news.

In particular we are asking that only essential traffic travel on Wilsons Creek Road tomorrow and across the weekend. We are preparing the road so we can get the excavators and trucks up there on Monday.

Collection of flood-damaged waste continues. It’s a slow process but we’re making good and visible progress.

While we still ask that residents use the additional skip bins that have been provided around the shire for flood waste where possible, the good news is that the Resource Recovery Centre at Myocum will be open this Saturday and Sunday from 8:30am – 11:30am.

Large trucks will still be in operation at the tip, so we ask for your patience and to exercise caution when moving amongst heavy vehicles. Proof of address is required if claiming flood waste.

A REMINDER that the Mullumbimby Farmers Market is not on this week (Friday 11 March).

Mullumbimby Recovery Centre

If you, or anyone you know, has been impacted by the floods, please go and find out about the range of services and help available to you at Resilience NSW’s dedicated Flood Recovery Centre at the Mullumbimby Civic Hall in Dalley Street.

Face-to-face support is available from a range of different agencies and the centre is open 7 days from 8.30am until 5pm.

You might feel that you don’t need these services because there a lot of people worse off than you.

We are hearing that many people feel this way. But the Mullumbimby Recovery Centre is there for everyone, and it really is worth going and having a chat in this safe and welcoming space. Please use all the great help and services now on offer.

Waste and Clean-up Information and Schedule

A reminder to keep cars off the streets as much as possible, or the trucks can’t pick up your waste.
Please put small items and any food waste in your wheelie bins to make the clean-up process quicker. Wheelie bins are getting collected as per normal unless access is restricted.
We encourage residents to continue using the additional skip bins for flood waste. There are bins located at:
“Salad Bowl” – Brunswick Valley Way / North end of Orana Rd Ocean Shores
Mullumbimby netball courts carpark – Byron St Mullumbimby
Kohinur Hall – Upper Main Arm
Palmwoods Rd – at junction of Main Arm Rd, Upper main arm Rd and Palmwoods Rd
Left Bank Rd Mullumbimby – approximately 760 Left Bank Rd
A sixth location at Upper Wilsons Creek will be added once access safe access is established. We’re hoping this will be early next week.

Remember that asbestos needs to be dealt with by a licensed contractor. Photos and advice on what asbestos might look like can be found at Around the home | Asbestos (

Clean Up Crews

Kerbside clean up crews are scheduled to come through the following areas Thursday, Friday and Monday:
Mullumbimby (north and south of Argyle St, Nightcap Crt, Cassia Crt, Rush Crt, Left Bank Rd)
New Brighton (North Head Rd, Pacific St, New Brighton Rd)
South Golden Beach (beginning with Beech and Gloria Streets)
Ocean Shores (northern end Orana Rd and areas around Waterlilly Park)
North Ocean Shores
While most contractors will take a break over the weekend, some will continue if possible and may be assisted by the Australian Defence Force (ADF).

Roads and bridges

Council crews are continuing to work hard on solutions to restore access to several of our flood-impacted hinterland communities.

Wilsons Creek

Please avoid travel on Wilsons Creek Road tomorrow. Essential traffic only.

Council will be joined by Australian Defence Force crews and will be preparing Wilsons Creek Road for excavator and truck access on Monday.

Work will continue over the weekend so that we can get machines to a large washed-out area which is preventing access further up the valley.

Main Arm and Williams Bridge

We kicked off work to restore access at Williams Bridge yesterday and it’s full steam ahead today, despite the rain. We’re hoping to have these bridge works completed in the next few weeks.

Huonbrook and Huonbrook Valley

We’re working with ADF teams to clear the road into Huonbrook which has been impacted by significant landslides.

Survey control points are being established for slips at Huonbrook and Federal to monitor any potential ongoing movement.

Geotechnical test-drilling will start at Huonbrook next week and Council will secure drilling services to move on to Federal and other slips systematically.

Upper Coopers Creek – Englishes bridge

We’re making good progress on Englishes bridge too! Our plan is to establish a temporary crossing first, to provide safe access for the community. Then we’ll be replacing the current bridge. You’ll see our crews and contractors on the ground next week working on the temporary crossing.

Report It, Report It, Report It

Thank you to everyone who has been able to report road damage via the Report It tab on Council’s website.

Every piece of information has made a big difference. Please continue reporting any road damage you see – be as specific a as possible. Pin-point the locality or provide a street address, and send a photo if you can.

Please remember that smaller-scale damage reports will be lower down the repair priority list than those posing significant safety and access issues, so will take longer for the crews to get to.

Please avoid sight-seeing as it has been hampering operations.

People should continue to be careful driving around the Shire and check Live Traffic or the map on Council’s emergency dashboard.

Locating plans and information for flood-impacted properties

If you need to find plans and information for insurance purposes for flood impacted buildings or structures on your property, there are two options available:

Buildings approved from 2018 onwards
If the building or structure was approved and constructed from 2018 onwards, the information may be available online on Council’s Application Tracker.

Select ‘Search’ from the menu and enter the property details.

If you need assistance contact Council’s Development Support Officers 02 6626 7025.

If there is no information on the Application Tracker, refer to Option 2 to make an application to access informal information.

Buildings approved before 2018
If the building or structure was approved and constructed before 2018, apply to Council to access informal information.

Accessing Council information

If you need assistance contact Council’s Records Officers on 02 6626 7000.

Food businesses

Food businesses need to be aware that any food, food surfaces and cooking utensils that have come into contact with floodwater might be contaminated.

Use only drinking-quality (potable) water for activities on food premises such as washing up or rinsing.

Do not salvage canned food for resale.

Ensure that discarded food cannot be collected by member of the public.

Cleaning and sanitising food utensils, food contact surfaces and other surfaces

If your business or home has been flooded, or you’re helping others with the clean-up, here are some helpful tips:

Carefully check dishes, pots, pans, cutlery and kitchen equipment that may have been in contact with floodwater.
Throw away damaged or cracked items made from porous material such as wood, plastic or rubber including wooden chopping boards as they cannot be adequately cleaned and sanitised.
Wash utensils and surfaces in hot, soapy, drinking quality water. Take apart and clean the non-electrical pieces of any kitchen equipment that can be safely taken apart and rinse in hot water.
Sanitise silverware, metal utensils, pots, plans and kitchen equipment in pieces by placing into boiling water for 10 mins.
Sanitise dishes, glass, porcelain, china and enamel ware by placing in sanitising solution for 10 mins. You can make this yourself:
Add 25ml of 4% non-fragranced household chlorine bleach to 5 litres of cold water.
Rinse with drinking-quality water.
To clean cupboards and counters:
Wipe down with hot soapy water
Sanitise with a 200ppm chlorine bleach solution (before storing dishes or food).
Finally, it is best to air dry all the items you’re cleaning (in case towels have been splashed with contaminated water).

Find out more from the NSW Food Authority website.

Contact Council’s Environmental Health Officers on 6626 7107 for further information.

Health Tips

Go to Council’s website for important information on:

  • mould
  • rainwater tanks
  • septic systems
  • swimming pools
  • mosquitoes and increased danger after floods
  • Water quality on beaches, creeks and swimming holes

Domestic Animals

We are aware that many animals have been displaced because of the flood event.Council’s pound is currently full. If you need temporary accommodation for your companion animal(s) you can contact Council for providers that may be able to assist.

Cavanbah Centre

The Cavanbah Centre is operating as usual from 8am – 6pm, 7 days per week. It is also offering hot showers to people who have been out assisting with recovery operations.

Open Spaces and Playgrounds

Playgrounds should be avoided until safety checks have been completed over this week.

Bangalow Sportsfields, and the Bob Bellear Sportsfields in Ocean Shores, have reopened.

Grants and Government Financial Assistance

For the Australian Government Disaster Relief Payment and the Disaster Recovery Payment and to find out what you are eligible for:

Call Services Australia on 180 22 66.
Services Australia website
myGov website.
Service NSW website (including Storm and flood assistance for businesses | Service NSW)

Council Services

Because some staff have been impacted by the floods our Customer Service Centre at the Mullumbimby office is operating at reduced hours this week.

  • The Customer Service Centre is open from 12pm – 4pm daily.
  • Staff are available on the phone from 8:30am – 4:30pm
  • Email
  • Report non-urgent requests online using Report It
  • For after-hours emergencies call 02 6622 7022

There are also Council staff available at the Flood Recovery Centre at the Civic Hall in Mullumbimby.

For the latest information on Council services go to our website ( or our Facebook page.

Byron Shire’s Emergency Dashboard also has links to the SES, BOM and road closure information.

2022 Floods

Mullum Recovery Centre recognised




Mullum Recovery Centre members.
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Mullum Recovery Centre recognised


The Mullum Recovery Centre has been recognised as a finalist in the NSW Resilient Australia Awards 2023. While the centre did not take out the top spot in the local government category, being recognised as a finalist is a great acknowledgement of the valuable work that was done in connecting the community with recovery services.

In the wake of devastating flood events in February and March 2022, the Mullum Recovery Centre was set-up at the Mullumbimby Civic Hall to provide support to disaster-affected residents from March to August 2022. It was a place for impacted residents to connect with information, support, and each other. In addition to providing formal support services, it was also important to create a welcoming space.

Byron Shire Mayor Michael Lyon said that the Mullum Recovery Centre was an example of how Council and community work together to support local residents and that the people involved with setting up and running the Mullumbimby Recovery Centre wholeheartedly deserve the recognition they have been given.

Mullumbimby District Neighbourhood Centre, Council and Resilience NSW worked with a range of local community organisations as well as state and national services to establish the Mullum Recovery Centre in the early days after the flood events. In my eyes it is certainly a benchmark for recovery centres throughout Australia. I want to thank everyone involved and let you know that your commitment and hard work certainly has not gone unnoticed,” Mayor Lyon said.

Mullum Recovery Centre members.

Mullum Recovery Centre members.

The NSW Resilient Australia Awards is proudly sponsored by the Australian Government in partnership with the states and territories and managed by the Australian Institute for Disaster Resilience (AIDR). The awards celebrate and promote initiatives that build whole of community resilience to disasters and emergencies around Australia, and how organisations work together during disaster events.

The Centre also won the Community Partnerships award category at the 2023 LG Professionals NSW Awards earlier this year.

Council continues to work alongside other levels of government and community on the long journey of recovery and facing ongoing climate challenges together.

On a final note, Council would like to acknowledge Shedding Community Workshop, which won the Mental Health & Wellbeing category at the awards for their post-flood repair and recovery initiative. Following the flood events, the organisation transformed their small scale workshop; supporting hundreds of volunteers to salvage, assess, clean, repair, donate and deliver flood-damaged items to flood affected communities region wide.

Shedding Community Workshop also won the 2023 Community Initiative of Byron Shire award earlier this year.


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A chance to find out all about building




The Tiny Homes Australia tiny home, that is moveable and built from trailers.
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A chance to find out all about building


By Samantha Elley

Tiny homes were certainly a drawcard at the Lismore Housing Expo last weekend.

Held at the South Lismore Bowling Club, the expo saw a steady stream of people who wandered the booths of house builders, financiers, insurance companies, council staff, Northern Rivers Reconstruction Corporation and even well-being groups such as Social Futures.

Examples of tiny homes were set up for the public to peruse and that is where Pauline Luethi of Alstonville, along with Jenny Luethi of Lismore and Regi Lippuner of East Lismore, were, inspecting the latest in this housing phenomenon.

“I am genuinely interested in tiny homes,” said Pauline.

“I was looking four years ago, but wasn’t ready, but now we are looking again as it is probably a good time.”

Co-owner of Tiny Homes Australia, Dang Nguyen said she and her partner, Peter Wigley had started their company because they believe passionately in tiny homes.

“We push for tiny home communities,” said Dang.

“So that people will be with each other but separate in their own space.”

Pauline Luethi of Alstonville, Jenny Luethi of Lismore and Regi Lippuner of East Lismore inspecting a tiny home.

Pauline Luethi of Alstonville, Jenny Luethi of Lismore and Regi Lippuner of East Lismore inspecting a tiny home.

The tiny homes are made from trailers and can be added to, to make room as space is needed.

The tiny home on display at the expo had a kitchen and dining area in the first trailer, then a couple of bedrooms in the second one, as an example.

For the Lismore area, Dang said the benefit of a tiny home is that it is moveable.

“The home has wheels which are lifted up when in one place, but can come down and be moved as needed,” she said.

For Richmond Hill couple Donna and Antonio Cruz, the home expo was a chance for them to do some investigation work.

“We are looking at building  a granny flat onto our house,” said Donna.

“It will be an investment.”

The Tiny Homes Australia tiny home, that is moveable and built from trailers.

The Tiny Homes Australia tiny home, that is moveable and built from trailers.

Suncorp’s Senior Mobile Lending Manager, Grant Burdon and Design and Resilience specialist, Tegan Mortimore were on hand to discuss all things finance and insurance, for people looking to build, invest or renovate.

“Each loan is assessed under normal home loan conditions,” said Grant.

“Serviceability is important, such as can you pay back the loan.

“Some homes may not fit the mortgage conditions but each situation is treated individually.”

For people wanting to build that extra granny flat on their property Tegan said its important to ensure the new building meets insurance requirements.

“We want to educate people and encourage them to speak to their insurer,” she said.

“There may be  a number of underwriting issues such as separate metering, that needs to be addressed.”


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Long awaited breakthrough for Tyalgum community with access to flood-damaged road restored




Tyalgum’s temporary access road has finally opened saving residents a long drive.
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Long awaited breakthrough for Tyalgum community with access to flood-damaged road restored


By Sarah Waters

Tyalgum residents can now save a lot of time getting to and from home following the long-awaited opening of Tyalgum Road.

A temporary access road, through the landslip site near Tyalgum Village, was opened on Monday, October 30.

Tyalgum resident Bruna Sutherland said it was an exciting development.

“It’s a huge change … it’ll save me at least half an hour of time on the weekends,” Ms Sutherland said.

“It’s a better road too, it’s not that winding, so I’m very happy that it’s open again,” Ms Sutherland said.

Tyalgum resident Bruna Sutherland is pleased she no longer has to drive an alternative route via Chillingham to get back to her hinterland home.

Tyalgum resident Bruna Sutherland is pleased she no longer has to drive an alternative route via Chillingham to get back to her hinterland home.

An extreme landslide (100 meters in height) which occurred during the February-March 2022 flood took out a section of Tyalgum Road.

The severely damaged section of road was instantly closed to traffic, leaving residents of the hinterland village no choice but to travel the longer alternative route via Chillingham.

In March this year, a local contractor was appointed to undertake the road’s major restoration.

The stabilisation and construction of the single-lane temporary access road was the first stage of fixing the flood-damaged road.

Tweed Shire Mayor Chris Cherry said it was a big relief for everyone to finally see it open again.

“The repair of the extreme landslip just outside of Tyalgum is the biggest and most complex of all of our restoration jobs in the Tweed following last year’s devastating flood,” Ms Cherry said.

The major landslide that took out a section of Tyalgum Road during the 2022 floods.

The major landslide that took out a section of Tyalgum Road during the 2022 floods.

“But thankfully, we will see cars, motorbikes and bicycles travel through this important community connector road once again.

“It has been a difficult and complicated process for the project team and contractor SEE Civil to get to this point, but it has been even more difficult for residents who have been impacted by this road closure and we thank them for their patience,” she said.

Council’s Manager Infrastructure Delivery Tim Mackney said while the slip was currently stable, heavy rainfall had the potential to create movement.

In the event of detected ground movement or heavy rainfall in the coming months the new access road may have to be closed while the permanent work to fix the slip continue.

Council will advise the community any changes or the need to temporarily close the access road should a concern arise.

The contractor remains on-site at Tyalgum Road, continuing work on the reconstruction of the permanent road which is due to open by March 2025.


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