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February 1, 2023

Time for some fun as Billinudgel reflects on Cyclone Debbie

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Billinudgel’s main street underwater during Cyclone Debbie last year. Photo Jeff Dawson.

Billinudgel is inviting everyone to celebrate a year on from Cyclone Debbie this Friday at a community  flood anniversary gathering. The town is coming together to reconnect and reflect on the last year from 5 till 8pm at the Billinudgel Pub.

It is a community event for families, locals, neighbouring communities and anyone who would like to come and support the town said Rebecca Brewin from Billi’s Auto who has been a key organiser of both the flood recovery and strategies for flood response in the future.

‘There will be a jumping castle and face painting, live music, prizes and free food and it is about celebrating the strength and resilience of our community,’ she continued.

Funding has been provided from NSW government and Byron Shire Council to help get Billinudgel back in business. The funding will be used to beautify the town, provide workshops and signage as well as a day of celebration in Se[ptember to highlight what the town has to offer.

This Friday is a key step towards bringing the town together ‘and have some down time together, to relax and have a good time,’ emphasised Rebecca.

Flood warning

With no current shire wide flood warning system in place Rebecca has helped develop a webpage that brings together a range of flood information and updates for people called the Billinudgel Flood Group.

‘People were having to manage so many different web pages to bring all the information they needed together,’ said Rebecca.

‘As a flood comes through I’ll manage it amending it as warnings come. It is just to try and give everyone the ability to find out the information in one place, have a chat online or post information. It gives the community a little more ability to be updated.’

Rebecca is also working with Duncan Dey and James Flockton to apply for funding for a shire wide flood warning system.

‘We hope the flood warning system will be in place by 2019,’ concluded Rebecca.


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