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2022 Floods

Byron Shire Flood Recovery Update – Wednesday 2 March




Byron Shire Flood Recovery Update – Wednesday 2 March

Whilst the severe weather has eased, we are now in the clean up and recovery phase across the Shire. We have many hard days ahead.

We appreciate that many in our community will be experiencing enormous shock and heartbreak at this time.

Residents are asked to listen to the ABC radio for updates and monitor Byron Shire Council’s Emergency Dashboard.

The biggest emergency response concern is the Upper Main Arm and Upper Wilsons Creek areas. Last night the ADF were able to airlift some people out from Upper Wilsons Creek.

Additional support from the ADF has been requested to assist with our severely impacted communities.

Council staff have continued to inspect roads and assess damage.

Infrastructure Services Director Phil Holloway said due to the extensive damage in many areas, it was unknown at this stage how long the assessments would take to complete.

“It is devasting and when combined with the damage throughout Northern NSW, Councils have an enormous job ahead of restoring communities, roads and access.

“Staff have been out clearing and repairing roads to restore access where we can, but in some cases, we are only managing to get about 500 metres into a road before we come across extreme damage. This is especially the case in the hinterland with failed causeways and landslips,” he said.

Council has also requested help from NSW Public Works.

Residents and visitors should continue to limit their vehicle movement and check My Road Info for closed roads and cautions. Do not travel through flood waters.

Englishes Bridge has been washed away and there is severe damage to many causeways and landslips.

Extreme caution must be used when travelling in the Shire. For information on road closures go to the map on the front page of our emergency dashboard.

To report road damage, use the Report It tab on our website.

Water restrictions – Mullumbimby critical shortage

Due to damage to the Mullumbimby water treatment plant, the Mullumbimby potable water supply is CRITICALLY LOW and should only be used for essential purposes. Please use sparingly.

Water from Mullumbimby taps is safe to consume. Bottled water will be available at the Mullumbimby Civic Centre – please take only what you need.

As frustrating as it will be, please delay using your hose to clean up – drinking water is our top priority. Water should not currently be used for cleaning up.
Only flush your toilet when necessary. Take short showers.
If the levels drop further, the Mullumbimby water supply may need to be turned off to allow it to replenish. If this was to occur, the water would be turned off west from the Federation Bridge to the showgrounds. Council will advise if this is to occur.

In other parts of the Shire people are asked to use water sparingly.

Rous County Council is asking the community to be mindful of their water use during the current flood disaster and where possible, reduce their water consumption during this time.

This advice applies to properties connected to mains water in the areas of Lismore, Ballina, Byron Bay (excluding Mullumbimby) and areas east of and including Coraki in the Richmond Valley Shire.

This request follows high turbidity levels within Rocky Creek Dam that have reduced the capacity of Nightcap Water Treatment Plant to produce water.

Council Services
The Byron Shire Council administration building is likely to be closed until the end of the week and staff have also been personally impacted.

Communication services with phone and internet are limited. We are working hard to return to full services.

Clean up
Our resource recovery team is working to source contractor trucks to pick up and collect flood waste today. The Resource Recovery Centre at Myocum remains closed.

Garbage services to rural areas are cancelled until roads are clear. Services in urban areas are continuing as normal. If bins are not collected on the normal day, they will be emptied as soon as possible. Please continue to sort your waste so we can recover recycling and organics

“We are working to source more contractors and crews for the mammoth clean-up effort that is required for our Shire.

“If we can visit affected towns sooner, we will,” Director of Infrastructure Services Phil Holloway said.

The bulk flood waste pick up operation will continue in Mullumbimby tomorrow (Thursday 3 March) and throughout the town centre (weather permitting).

Clean up in other towns will start on Monday as follows:
Brunswick Heads – Monday 6, Tuesday 7 and Wednesday 8 March
Billinudgel and The Pocket – Wednesday 9 March onwards
North Ocean Shores (Low lying areas) – Wednesday 9 March onwards
New Brighton- Wednesday 9 March onwards
South Golden Beach – Thursday 10 March, Friday 11 March and into following week
If we can get there sooner, we will.

To help our bulk flood waste collection operation run smoothly, we ask residents to:
Place only flood damaged items on the kerbside for collection (only in areas listed above to be serviced).
Please ensure anything you want to keep, or you are drying out, is easily distinguishable from bulk flood waste piles.
Keep streets and laneways clear.
Move cars onto your driveways, if possible, to allow access for our trucks.
Where possible put your bulk waste on our main streets.
Please do not put asbestos in with your bulky waste; this is a danger for the public and staff.

Water height
While devastatingly fresh in our minds, impacted residents are being asked to measure and record the water height and save photos.
Council will be seeking this data in coming weeks to measure impacts and improve flood mapping and to support our claim for disaster recovery funding.

Sandhills childcare centre
The centre will remained closed for the remainder of the week until debris can be removed.

The council’s Community Services team is working with the local Resilience Network to provide support and ensure a coordinated approach to donations and offers of support across the Shire.

Rather than giving items that may not be needed, in the first instance please check the list on the GIVIT page, ‘What is needed’. Byron Shire has specific items listed by community organisations. You can sponsor these items and they will be distributed to Byron Shire residents affected by the floods, through trusted community service organisations and neighbourhood centres.

You can also donate money to state wide flood appeals:
Donate at GIVIT Appeals | Flood Appeal | Donate To Help People Recovering From Floods in QLD And NSW | Donate Money Or Items
Click on ‘Donate Funds to NSW Recovery’
Donate at Qld and NSW Floods Appeal | Australian Red Cross

Evacuation Centre
The Ocean Shores Country Club remains the evacuation centre for Byron Shire.

Connecting with loved ones
The Red Cross is managing a register to help people connect with loved ones who may have been impacted during this event.

Disaster funding
The Australian Government Disaster Recovery Payment (AGDRP) of $1,000 per eligible adult and $400 per eligible child is available for people impacted by a flood event.

The AGDRP is a one-off, non-means tested payment and is available to eligible people in the Byron Shire who have suffered a significant loss, including a severely damaged or destroyed home or serious injury.

The Disaster Recovery Allowance (DRA) is also available.

The DRA helps employees, small business people and farmers who have lost income as a result of the floods.

The allowance provides for a maximum of 13 weeks payment from the date people have, or will lose, income as a result of the disaster.

The DRA is set at the maximum equivalent rate of the Jobseeker payment or Youth Allowance.

How to claim
Claims for the AGDRP and the DRA are open from 2pm today, 1 March 2022.
· Call Services Australia on 180 22 66.
· Via the myGov website.
· Go to the Services Australia website

Council offices
The Mullumbimby Customer Service office is closed until later this week.

Council has been impacted by the major network outages overnight, and as a result our phone system and internet service continues to be down.

Our after hours service is available to take limited calls on 02 6622 7022.

We have skeleton staff available to access our remote systems and can be contact via email

For all emergencies and life threatening situations please contact the SES 132 500 or 000.
People can also report road damage etc on the Report It tab on our website.

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2022 Floods

$300,000 funding agreement to help deliver flood resilient land in the Byron Shire




Janelle Saffin, Paul Scully, Michael Lyon Resilient Lands Program Saddle Road Precinct

$300,000 funding agreement to help deliver flood resilient land in the Byron Shire


The NSW Government is providing Byron Shire Council $300,000 through the Resilient Lands Program to provide safe, flood resilient land for new housing at the Saddle Road Precinct in Brunswick Heads.

The funding from the NSW Reconstruction Authority (RA) will allow Council to complete a Structure Plan, Infrastructure Priority Plan, technical studies, and community engagement to investigate suitability for new housing and public infrastructure in the precinct.

Located on the western side of the Pacific Motorway, the site is just five minutes by car to Brunswick Heads and eight to Mullumbimby. It is well above projected flood heights which will provide opportunities for new homes off the flood plain.

Saddle Road is the third site to be identified under the RA’s Resilient Lands Program (RLP). The site is also the first to be identified outside of the Lismore LGA under the program, and has also been flagged in Byron Shire Council’s Residential Strategy as a key site for future residential development.

It follows the recent announcement of 400 new lots in East Lismore and up to 50 new households in the Mount Pleasant Estate at Goonellabah.

While the final number of homes at Saddle Road will be determined following detailed planning and community engagement, based on site-specifications, it is estimated between 500-800 homes could be delivered.

The RLP is accelerating the delivery of new land and housing options, linking with the $700 million Resilient Homes Program (RHP), giving flood impacted homeowners a pathway to move to a safer location.

The RA will work with RHP buyback participants to secure suitable and affordable land and will provide further support to those eligible who wish to relocate their existing homes.

For more information, visit NSW Reconstruction Authority.

Minister for Planning and Public Spaces Paul Scully said:

“This funding is a win-win for the community and Byron Shire Council.

“Not only will it help to unlock flood-resilient lots for people to build on, it also helps Council and the NSW Government deliver on its promise of more homes for our growing population.

“The land is positioned near existing services and an established community and will provide a beautiful, safe place to live for those affected by the nearby flood plain.”

Parliamentary Secretary for Disaster Recovery Janelle Saffin said:

“The announcement of this third site under the Resilient Lands Program is the first one outside of Lismore.

“Locals communities and Councils can be assured that the wheels of the RLP are starting to turn right across the Northern Rivers.

“This announcement will be followed by others in our local government areas and will see more land become available, giving people accepting buybacks in the Resilient Homes Program a variety of places to choose from.”

Byron Shire Council Mayor Michael Lyon said:

“We are thrilled to receive this initial funding support which will not only benefit members of our community displaced by the natural disasters in 2022, but also address the housing crisis that has existed since before the floods.

“Council can now get on with the important job of structure planning for this site on The Saddle Road and get the land ready for building flood-resilient houses more quickly which is a huge win.

“The work ahead includes an Aboriginal Heritage and Environmental Sensitivity Assessment, a Structure Plan that includes a vision and concept plan for the site, a Planning Proposal to amend Council’s LEP and an Infrastructure Priority Plan that addresses the infrastructure required to support a new community such as roads, sewer and water.

“As these works are progressed, we look forward to working with our community to achieve the best outcomes.”


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2022 Floods

Lismore’s Damaged Structures Demolished for New Facilities





Lismore’s Damaged Structures Demolished for New Facilities


In a significant development for Lismore’s recovery, demolition work has started on eight buildings that were critically damaged during the 2022 flood disaster.

This marks a pivotal step in the city’s efforts to rebuild and revitalise affected areas.

Brett Lee, the Council’s program manager, highlighted the necessity of these demolitions for public safety and the future reactivation of the sites. “These buildings have long served the community, but the extensive damage from the February 2022 natural disaster means it’s time to clear the way for new developments,” he stated.

Demolition activities kicked off last week with the takedown of the old Essential Energy building located at the corner of Ballina Road and Conway Street. The next structures slated for removal include the old Scout Hall on Wilson Street and the Humbley Oval Hockey Club Kiosk.

Plans are also set for the demolition of the toilet block and pumphouse at Lismore Lake, to be replaced by a new modular toilet to serve the lake park patrons.

Furthermore, the weatherboard building at Sam Trimble Oval is due to be replaced with a new facility that includes an accessible toilet with timed locks, a large shade shelter, lockable storage, and utility access. The existing brick amenities block at this location will also undergo upgrades.

At Neilson Park in East Lismore, the canteen or old cricket shed will be razed to make room for a new modular toilet/changeroom. Similarly, the amenities block at Wade Park and McKenzie Park in North Lismore are scheduled for demolition to pave the way for the installation of modern modular toilets.

These developments are part of a broader initiative to not only enhance the infrastructure but also to ensure Lismore’s resilience and readiness for future challenges. The community looks forward to the completion of these projects, which promise improved amenities and a revitalized urban environment.


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Jewellery Design Centre Launches “Tell Our Stories” to Celebrate Lismore’s History




Jewellery Design Centre

Jewellery Design Centre Launches “Tell Our Stories” to Celebrate Lismore’s History


Advertorial by Daniel Pinkerton

The Lismore Jewel Centre, a beloved fixture in the community, has reopened its doors in the Starcourt Arcade under a new name: Jewellery Design Centre. To celebrate they are launching a heartwarming initiative to commemorate the history and cherished memories of Lismore and the old store.

“Since reopening, we’ve had so many come and tell us how happy they are we’re back and share their fond memories of the old Jewel Centre” says owners Gary and Mariska Pinkerton.

“We love it, and so we want to invite more people to share their stories with us!”

The old Lismore Jewel Centre now known as Jewellery Design Centre now launches Launches "Tell Our Stories"

The old Lismore Jewel Centre. It will be missed dearly.

The ‘Tell Our Stories’ campaign invites locals to share their personal stories of connection, community and the special jewellery that has played an important role in their lives.

“The stories have played a special role in our lives too,” says Mariska.

“While we were closed after the flood, we did house calls and had customers come visit us at home which put a whole new light on the jewellery experience. All of a sudden the glitz was gone and our appointments were stripped back to just us and our customers. In this setting people naturally began to share their heart felt experiences with us, and we got to know them in a whole new way.”

It was this experience, they explain, that inspired the new Jewellery Design Centre in Lismore’s Starcourt Arcade.

“It’s smaller and not as ritzy as the old Jewel Centre was,” says Gary of the new store, “But for us it captures that feeling we felt when we would sit around dining tables with our customers.”

Jewellery Design Centre Launches "Tell Our Stories"

Just like home- a picture of the new interior’s cosy setting.

Gary and Mariska are now inviting community members to visit the store and share their own memories and experiences, with the chance to win exciting prizes.

Each person who shares their story online or in-store will be entered into a draw to win a $500 voucher, while those who have a piece repaired, remade, or custom-designed during the campaign period will have the opportunity to win a pair of $1,500 diamond earrings.

“We especially want to hear stories about the rich history of Lismore, memories of the old Jewel Centre or touching moments where jewellery has played a special part in your life.”

“More than the prizes, this is about celebrating the stories of the Northern Rivers and the memories that bind us together,” says Mariska.

Jewellery Design Centre Launches "Tell Our Stories"

Entries are open until May 24. For more information about the “Tell Our Stories” giveaway and how to participate, visit the Jewellery Design Centre in the Starcourt Arcade or follow the QR codes below to their social media channels.


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