15.2 C
Byron Shire
May 9, 2021

Tweed Council wins award for river erosion control

Latest News

Join Clarkes Beach paddle out this weekend to stop massive oil and gas field project

Hundreds of local surfers and water-lovers will paddle out at Clarke’s Beach over the weekend to protest against a massive oil and gas field proposed for the NSW coast.

Other News

Belongi Spit

John Lazarus, Byron Bay An update on proposed development of the Belongil Spit site, for the information particularly of those...

Meet local firies and save lives, including your own

Meeting local firefighters and learning about home fire prevention is really important and more so in recent times and into the future.

Rous County Dam

Jo Faith, Newtown Strong objections to the proposed development of this dam have been articulated by the Indigenous Heritage First...

Board defends its management of Mullum Rural Co-op

The issue of potential fraud and financial mismanagement was a key part of the response from Mullumbimby Rural Co-op...

More money for Byron Shire roads and bridges

The NSW government has announced almost $5 million dollars in funding for Byron Shire infrastructure.

Miracles left, right and centre?

It's emerged Scott Morrison had used a taxpayer-funded VIP jet to attend a Pentecostal conference on the Gold Coast.

Before: the state of the Oxley River bank after ex-tropical cyclone Debbie last year. Photo TSC

Tweed Shire Council has won a 2018 Local Government NSW Excellence in the Environment award for its innovative Oxley River bank erosion stabilisation project.

The project, at Eungella, was recognised under category the ‘Natural Environment Protection and Enhancement: On-Ground Works’.

The project, which was completed this time last year, involved working together with three private landowners bordering Oxley River to reconstruct the eroding riverbank.

Ex-tropical cyclone Debbie left extensive damage and severe bank erosion at two sites, with banks left about seven metres high and prone to further slumping and erosion.

What was unique about the project?

After: The reshaping of the river bank and installation of the recycled logs will prevent further erosion. Photo TSC

After levelling off the banks, some 250 recycled hardwood logs – some with root balls still attached to stabilise them – were installed four metres into the river bed to provide bank protection and capture further sediments.

The logs were sourced through vegetation management contractors working on the Pacific Highway upgrade between Woolgoolga and Ballina.

Tweed’s community and natural resources director Tracey Stinson said it was ‘wonderful that these majestic big trees are being recycled and put to such good use’.

She added the landowners had been ‘glowing in their appreciation, as the productivity of their farms has increased [and] they are not going to lose swathes of land to the river each time it floods’.

As part of the project, the Oxley River banks were battered to a stable grade and covered with erosion control matting. More than 2,000 native trees, shrubs and groundcovers were planted to provide long-term stability.

Riverside fencing was also installed to exclude stock from the two project sites.

Council says that since the works were completed, both sites have been extremely successful in preventing further erosion.

The project was funded through Tweed Council’s River Health Grant program, which aims to protect and improve water quality in the Shire’s drinking water supply catchment.

Support The Echo

Keeping the community together and the community voice loud and clear is what The Echo is about. More than ever we need your help to keep this voice alive and thriving in the community.

Like all businesses we are struggling to keep food on the table of all our local and hard working journalists, artists, sales, delivery and drudges who keep the news coming out to you both in the newspaper and online. If you can spare a few dollars a week – or maybe more – we would appreciate all the support you are able to give to keep the voice of independent, local journalism alive.


  1. Why are they cutting down trees for this to put in the bank. The water has to get away so when the current slows down on one side it would speed up on the other side.
    Why are they not planting trees as the root system holds the soil together.

    • Did you read the article? The logs were sourced from the Pacific Highway upgrade so were already cut down (bad) but now have been put to good enviornmental effect (good). The work done is precisely to reduce the energy of the water on this bend and 2000 plants have been planted.

    • Absolutely agree Jimbo. It’s trees and roots that’s needed not chopped up trees. A misunderstanding of nature has occurred here


Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

Man dead after boat capsizes near Yamba

Police say a man has died and a second has been taken to hospital after a boat capsized south of Yamba this morning.

Jonson Street bus shelter gone and an era ended

Byron Shire Council says that the wooden bus shelter on Jonson Street outside the Byron Visitors Centre is being removed today with all bus services operating from the new bus interchange on Butler Street in Byron Bay

Upside down river

Tim Harrington, Lennox Head Letter contributor Richard White (letters 21/4/21) quite correctly identifies the Richmond River as an ‘upside down river’ and nowhere is this more...

Ballina Dragons’ great results at Urunga

The Ballina Dragon Boat Racing Club is a group of paddling people from all walks of life who enjoy being out on the water having fun and keeping fit.