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Last Sunday morning Jaz was walking her dog at Suffolk Park allocated dog beach when she noticed two dogs chasing a very small wallaby joey. The tiny joey was jumping in and out of the water, the dogs nipping at its heels.
Jaz called out to the dog’s owner to stop them, he responded by calling his dogs, but made no attempt to restrain them.
Jaz was carrying a towel which she managed to throw over the joey and the dogs retreated.
As Jaz carefully picked up the tiny animal, Leon who is Animal Enforcement Officer with Byron Council arrived at the beach and Jaz was able to hand him the little joey.
Leon delivered it to nearby WIRES volunteers Annie and Dave at Suffolk Park where the joey was treated for severe shock.
The joey is a Swamp wallaby, and it is just 7 months old, it is at a stage of development where it would spend considerable time in mums pouch and just starting to hop out to follow her at foot as they forage for food.
But Mum had not been with the joey and she was nowhere to be found.
Earlier that same morning a call to WIRES emergency hotline had been received, this call was for an adult Swamp wallaby seen at the picnic area nearby. The wallaby was observed trying to hop away, but injuries to its back legs were severe and it was falling over as it tried to move.
WIRES volunteers Annie and Dave had responded to the call straight away, but were not able to locate the animal. Putting two and two together, this wallaby was likely the little joeys mum, injured by dogs earlier that the morning, the joey managing to get away whilst mum was being chased.
Repeated visits to the site during that day were fruitless, thick bush nearby is likely where the injured wallaby had found a place to hide. When a native animal is injured it will do its best to hide, it will be silent no matter how much pain it is enduring, and sadly can be impossible to locate.

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Wires Northern Rivers

Byron Bay and surrounding area has wonderful diversity of native wildlife, it is a sensitive environment and it is up to us, residents and visitors alike, to ensure that native wildlife survive into the future. Please be responsible, always ensure your dog is under control including when in an allocated dog exercise area, and remember that native wildlife within these allocated areas have lived there for a very long time and have nowhere else to go.
This little joey has now joined two other Swamp wallaby joeys of similar ages, all are from Byron Shire and in care with Annie and Dave at Suffolk Park. They will be released back to the wild in Suffolk Park in May next year, we hope that they will have the opportunity to help their species survive into the future, but in order for that to happen we need everyone living in or visiting Byron Bay to be responsible pet owners, as well as drive with caution from dusk till dawn when these animals are most active.

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2022 Floods

Byron Shire Flood Update – 1:00pm Wednesday 30 March 

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Byron Shire Flood Update – 1:00pm Wednesday 30 March 

 

Residents and businesses in many parts of the Byron Shire, especially Byron Bay and Suffolk Park, have been affected by flooding with heavy rainfall across the region overnight.  

Rainfall figures released by the Bureau of Meteorology (BoM) show Coopers Shoot recorded 319mm of rain to 9am this morning (30 March 2022) with 282mm at Byron Bay. 

A severe weather warning for heavy rainfall and thunderstorms remains in place. 

Moderate flooding is also possible along the Brunswick River at Mullumbimby and along the Marshalls Creek at Billinudgel early this afternoon.  

All available Council staff are at work, although many have also been impacted by the rain and flooding.   

For links to all the latest information from the SES, BoM and Council go to our Emergency Dashboard. 

Our Facebook page has loads of information as well. 

Roads 

 

At 11:30 am, we have 37 reported road closures and a significant number of flood cautions issued across our network in Byron Shire. 

The M1 is closed southbound at Tyagarah. 

Significant flash flooding has been experienced in the Byron town centre and industrial estate. 

The flash flooding experienced in Lawson, Jonson Street and surrounds has been unprecedented. Traffic controls have been in place since early this morning.  

Shirley Street is closed at Kendall Street and Ewingsdale Road is closed near Belongil Bridge at Sunrise Boulevard, police are on the scene. 

We also have a landslip reported at Broken Head Road near the Coast Road and emergency services have been on site this morning. There is another landslip reported at Bangalow Road that remains inaccessible to emergency services. 

Suffolk Park experienced significant flash flooding overnight, a number of roads remain cut off here. 

New Brighton Road is closed near the intersection of Redgate Road. 

The majority of our major hinterland roads remain cut off and inaccessible, with crews unable to further inspect the damage in these areas. We have been advised by locals a new landslip has occurred at Wilsons Creek Road. We will provide updates on this when they come to hand. 

We’ve received reports of a number of trees down, blocking roads across our network, many in areas we are still unable to access. 

Evacuation Centres

 

The Cavanbah Centre Byron Bay was opened as an Evacuation Centre this morning by the lead agencies (Department of Communities and Justice and Northern Rivers NSW SES). 
 
We are aware getting to the Cav is a challenge at the moment because of road closures. Check MyRoadInfo to see what roads are open and closed.  

Water and Sewer

 

All available staff are working on the water and sewer network across the Shire. 

Any urgent problems with water, sewer and drainage should be reported to our Depot staff on 02 6685 9300. 

Non-urgent problems can be reported via Report It on our website. 

Drinking water and water for household use 

There is currently no problem with water supply in the Byron Shire and the water is safe to drink and for household use.  

Our water treatment plant at Mullumbimby is still off-line but we have enough water reserved and we have also turned on the emergency connection to the Rous County Council water supply. 

There are no water restrictions but we do ask that people use water sparingly until the flood water recedes and operations return to normal. 

Sewer 

Heavy rain yesterday and overnight is continuing to have an impact on our sewer system and our network is under pressure from the large amount of water flowing into pump stations around the Shire. 

Staff are doing all they can but they can’t get to some sites because of flooding.  Once the rain stops and water subsides we will get to all the affected areas. 

Stormwater 

Everyone should stay out of stormwater.  This is the water in the streets and coming up through the drains. 

Stormwater is dirty and often contaminated with sewer run-off and other substances that are harmful to our health.  

For more information about the danger of stormwater go to the NSW Health website. 

Waste 

Due to the severe weather and issues with access, Byron Resource Recovery Centre, the tip, is closed today. 

Kerbside bins will be collected on your normal bin collection day. There may be some delay to collections if access has been limited due to road closure and flooding. 

Flooding through Byron township has resulted in multiple vehicles getting inundated and large quantities of floating rubbish. This area will be a primary focus for our crews clean-up once water levels drop.

  

Areas that we have not been able to collect are: 

·        Byron Industrial Estate 

·        Skinners Shoot Road  

·        Shirley Lane   

 

Flood recovery clean-up is on hold. 

 

Visit Flood clean up and waste for more information. 

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2022 Floods

Flood relief support

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The-Salvation-Army-Woolworths-Group’s-long-standing-natural-disaster-relief-partner.

Flood relief support

100% of the profits on products sold from our friends and suppliers in the Northern Rivers will be donated to The Salvation Army to support flood relief efforts.

When times get tough, Aussies come together.

Healthy Life is running this initiative

 

Flood relief support

When times get tough, Aussies come together

With the recent flooding having a devastating impact along the eastern seaboard, we’re lending a hand by donating 100% of the profits on products sold from our friends and suppliers who call the Northern Rivers region home.
The money raised will go towards The Salvation Army – our long-standing natural disaster relief partner at Woolworths Group – in its efforts to support those evacuated from their homes through meals at evacuation centres, as well as grants and support for the recovery and rebuilding to come.
Shop products by Bare Blends, Byron Bay Bronze, Byron Bay Chilli, Canabella, Coconut Bowls, Eco Minerals, Eye of Horus, Simply Clean, The Monday Food Co and We* the Many and help support those in need.

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Innovating for a greener future

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Innovating for a greener future

Matthew Bell

The Green Innovation Awards are synonymous with school-aged children presenting incredible ideas for a greener future and now the not-for-profit organisation wants to see it part of the everyday classroom.
The Green Innovation Awards is now in its fifth year which continues to see hundreds of primary school and high school students involved.
Each year, students are asked to invent, develop and present ideas for greener living across categories of water management, waste management, building and packaging materials, biofuels and renewable energy, and technology.
This year, with the support of the Northern Rivers Community Foundation, the Green Innovation Awards have been able to create curriculum-aligned teaching resources to make it easier for teachers to introduce the program into the classroom.

Founder and local chiropractor Dr Bridie Cullinane said the resources are available to both primary and high school students with a focus on trying to get more high schools involved.

The resources have been put together in partnership with the Department of Education and other department programs which will provide greater access to mentors for students.

“They’ll have access to academic mentors from Southern Cross University as well as industry mentors which we’ve found in the past is amazing for schools because the mentors can come into the classroom,” she said.

Dr Cullinane also highlighted that it helps the teachers get the message across.

She said, “It gives the teachers the chance to have the message brought in by someone externally and I think it is really engaging for the students and maybe gives them some lightbulb moments of a career path.”

The resources have been considered for a ready-to-go approach with lesson plans set out for teachers and student worksheets already drafted.

Bridie emphasised that this program allows students who may not be the best at science or STEM subjects in the classroom to flourish in an environment that they may be passionate about.

The Green Innovation Awards is not just for top performing students. Some of our favourite previous finalist and winning entries have come from students who having typically performed well in science and other STEM subjects. The Green Innovation Awards provides all students with an opportunity to show their strengths and hopefully ignite a passion for learning,” she said.

Schools that are interested in piloting the resources can contact the Green Innovation Awards at info@greeninnovationawards.com.au

For more information teachers and schools can visit the online website at greeninnovationawards.com.au

Picture supplied by Green Innovation Awards

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