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Meeting on Wilsons Creek Road tonight

Crews start work to stabilise the landslip on Upper Wilsons Creek road yesterday. Photo Kate O'Neill/The Northern Star.
Crews start work to stabilise the landslip on Upper Wilsons Creek road yesterday. Photo Kate O'Neill/The Northern Star.

RESIDENTS at Wilsons Creek will be updated on efforts to fix the washed out Wilsons Creek Road at a public meeting tonight.

Byron Shire Council will host the meeting at the Wilsons Creek Public School from 6pm.

A large section of the road washed away during storms in January, resulting in weight restrictions for vehicles travelling on the road - including school buses.

Byron Shire Council acting general manager, Phil Holloway, said rthe meeting would outline the scope of the damage to the road, restoration works to date and what would happen next.

Mr Holloway said fixing the landslip was not a straight forward process and involved several government departments due to funding and the location next to a creek.

"Design works to fix the road are ongoing and Council has recently received a permit, with conditions, from the Department of Primary Industries (Fisheries)," Mr Holloway said.

"The permit requires substantial work by council staff and the consultants with the aim of protecting the environment of Wilsons Creek."

As well as the environmental considerations required by Fisheries, Mr Holloway said staff needed to assess any flood impact of the works and if there would be an adverse impact on upstream properties.

The restoration works require part of the creek being reclaimed. This means the creek will need to be diverted and all environmental and flooding protections need to be considered.

Mr Holloway said as a requirement of the Natural Disaster Funding, the Roads and Maritime Services have been kept informed at all stages.

To assist with traffic movements and the recent lowering of the road weight limit, Council has also sought the assistance of the NEWLOG inspectors to enforce the load limit.

"The load limit is in place due to the unstable nature of the road and for the ongoing protection of the road, and safety of residents, whilst we work towards full restoration.

"The recent reduction from 5 tonnes to 3 tonnes was in direct response to further cracks forming in the road pavement.

"Overweight vehicles will contribute to further deterioration and we ask that all residents comply with this load limit as it is in their best interests that we maintain access until we are in a position to undertake full restoration."

Mr Holloway said he was aware that water was becoming an issue for some Wilsons Creek residents and staff were working as quickly as possible to restore the road.


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