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Wilsons Creek Road is again reduced to one lane due to a landslip. Photo Byron Shire Council
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Wilsons Creek residents woke up to an unwanted New Year’s present after flash floods in the early hours of January 1 caused a major landslip that once again blocked the only road in and out of the village.

Repairs have only recently finished on two other landslip sites, the result of massive floods in early 2013.

Traffic is down to one lane in each direction at the site.

It is just a kilometre further up the road from the 2013 slip near the school, work on which was completed in October at a cost of $2.4 million.

Byron Shire Council’s acting infrastructure services director, Phil Warner, said the slip had occurred on the upside of the hill, bringing trees down over the road, which have now mostly been cleared.

‘As a precautionary measure, we have put traffic controls in place and it is currently single lane access,’ he added.

Wilsons Creek resident Michael Balson told Echonetdaily that there was so much soil movement in the ‘massive slip’ that some of the trees blocking the road were ‘still standing’.

The scene that greeted Wilsons Creek Road residents on January 1, after land including still-standing trees slipped over the road. Photo Michael Balson
The scene that greeted Wilsons Creek Road residents on January 1, after land including still-standing trees slipped over the road. Photo Michael Balson

The current slip is expected to cost $250,000 to repair but Mr Warner said council would still need to go through the process of applying for emergency funding.

‘The whole process can take in the order of three months,’ he told ABC radio this morning.

‘We will be working closely with RMS and hopefully we will have representation from RMS onsite.


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