26.8 C
Byron Shire
February 28, 2021

Federal Drive closed amid landslip fears

Latest News

Truth

Dr Matt Landos, East Ballina There is the real news and then there is the fake news. The radio news announced...

Other News

Letting go

Mary McMorrow, Mullumbimby I respect the parents forgiving the drunk driver who killed their four children (one a cousin) as...

Amber alert for blue-green algae at Lake Ainsworth

An amber alert has been put in place for Lake Ainsworth near Lennox Head in relation to the presence of blue-green algae.

Editorial – Ewingsdale development creep rejected by residents

A petition of 294 signatures against rezoning Ewingsdale farmland to commercial use will be presented to councillors for their upcoming Thursday meeting.

Music fest aims to be COVID-19 recovery event

Byron Bay could host a two-day, beachside music and arts festival in June this year, after an application to hold the event was lodged with Byron Council.

Coal scuttle

Alan Veacock, Cumbalum After some serious arm-twisting from the rest of the sane world, led by Joe Biden, the ‘marketing...

Interview with James McMillan, founder of the Byron Surf Festival

With the Byron Bay Surf Festival just days away, founder James McMillan took a few minutes to talk to Seven about the awesome things planned for the coming weekend.

Part of Federal Drive, Federal, has been closed due to landslip fears. Image Google Maps

Byron Shire Council has been forced to close a section of Federal Drive at Federal because of the potential for a serious landslip.

The road was closed on Friday afternoon (February 15) after an inspection of a section of the road by an independent geotechnical consultant engineer.

The section of road on the western side of Federal Drive was identified as a landslip hazard in June 2018 and staff began planning for stabilisation works to be undertaken.

Infrastructure services director Phil Holloway said that the preliminary investigations have been completed and Council is set to approve a preferred contractor at the March Council meeting.

‘As part of our routine safety schedule, we get an independent engineer to do regular checks on stability of this section of road – and during the most recent check it was noted that the landslip had worsened,’ Mr Holloway said.

‘The dry weather has also resulted in cracks appearing in the soil on the slope, and this means that even a small amount of rain could result in a landslip.

‘This is naturally extremely dangerous for anyone who may be on the road at that time,’ he said.

Locals will still be able to access their properties but some people may have to take a detour.

‘We apologise for any inconvenience but from a safety perspective we had no choice but to close this road until the landslip is repaired,’ Mr Holloway said.

Council is expecting contractors will start work on stabilising the landslip in April-May this year. Once work starts it will take approximately eight weeks to complete.

 


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.

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

Monkey see

Daniel Brown, Byron Bay Back in my early youth growing up in Mt Eliza Victoria in the ‘90s I’d secretly look up to and admire...

Australia’s bastardry

Gareth W R Smith, Byron Bay Australia has a long string of racist and anti-humanitarian policies. These range from its treatment of Aboriginal people, complicity...

Mt Warning ban

Chris Gee, Byron Bay Indigenous readers be advised that the following letter contains references to persons deceased. I read with some interest and also, I am...

‘The Great Reset’

Gary Opit, Wooyung I appreciated the letter by Lucas Wright (17 February) on the Great Reset conspiracy fantasy. With our privileged, western, simplistic understanding of...