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Meeting for Wilsons Ck landslip

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.

BYRON Shire Council will hold a community meeting for Wilsons Creek Road residents on next Monday from 6pm.

The meeting at Wilsons Creek Public School will outline the scope of the damage to the road, restoration works to date, and where to next.

The council's acting general manager, Phil Holloway, said fixing the landslip was not a straight forward process and involved several government departments due to funding, and the fact the slip is located 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)," he 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 will need to be considered.

Mr Holloway said as a requirement of 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, the 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 while we work towards full restoration," he said.

"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.

Topics:  byron shire council, landslip


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