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Byron Shire Council has put out a press release asking motorists driving in the Byron Shire are asked to take extra care. The release says the heavy rain over the last several days has damaged the road network.

Council says large potholes have opened in many areas and Council will be prioritising patching this week.

Phil Warner, Acting Director Infrastructure Services said people need to slow down and be aware there may be changed road conditions. ‘People need to slow down, drive to conditions and be aware there are hazards including potholes and debris on roads,’ said Mr Warner.

‘The overall condition of the road network in the Byron Shire has been severely impacted by this rain event and rain events like this one,’ he said.

‘In the 24 hours to 9am Sunday, Coopers Shoot recorded 149mm rain, Cape Byron 110mm and Myocum 111mm and when added to the rain we got on Thursday and Friday last week we have really copped it.

‘We are asking for people to report road damage and potholes via the REPORT IT tab on our website,’ he said.

Council staff have also been on call responding to emergencies over the weekend and there will be another comprehensive inspection of conditions across the entire Shire this week.

There was flooding in some areas of Byron Bay on Saturday as a result of continued rain and the high tide in Belongil Creek.

Water levels around Byron Bay are also elevated with the tides and swell hampering the flow of water from Belongil Creek into the ocean.  Tallow Creek at Suffolk Park is also open to the ocean.

Debris has washed up on beaches and surfers and swimmers are advised to take care when in the water.

The Bureau of Meteorology has a severe weather warning in place for parts of the Northern Rivers.

For more information:



For information on weather – www.bom.gov.au.



For held during floods and storms call the SES on 132 500.

Follow the Richmond Tweed SES at www.facebook.com/NSWSESRichmondTweed/.



To report potholes, road damage etc, go to the REPORT IT tab on Council’s website www.byron.nsw.gov.au.  During office hours people can call 6685 9300 to report road problems.  The Emergency after-hours number is 6622 7022.

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  1. Nahhhh !
    The recent rain has NOT caused potholes , that was caused by council incompetence and engineering failure to adequately plan for local conditions. Do you know that the Romans built roads in England (not the driest of sites I am told ) that are still being used. What shameful stupidity presides in local councils ?
    Cheers G”)

  2. How pitiful the response from Council is to blame the rain. The pot holes that open up are usually the pot holes that have been repaired in the past. The repairs are so substandard that the repaired pot holes only last one or two rain events rather than being repaired properly.

  3. Got that all wrong the worst roads I have seen in a long time are in the Byron Shire take a look at Ocean Shores disgusting, it’s not about the heavy rain it’s about fixing the problem I visit Ocean Shores once a week and all the council do is keep topping up the holes, a disgraceful act, are are the Council trying to save money, maybe they are broke or maybe the residents dont pay there rates, I once made a comment not so long ago if we planted shrubs and flowers in the holes it would look like a cemetry, I just hope no one loses a life because of this.

  4. “Caused by the rain”? Bollocks! We have some old-growth potholes in my suburb, and others that should be heritage listed! Byron Shire Council has a road repair truck called a “jet patcher” – a one man operation that sprays liquid asphalt over the potholes, topped up with small loose stones. It is a joke. It is being used for a purpose for which it is not designed and it doesn’t work, just gives the temporary veneer of repair. Worse still, all council road maintenance staff – & their managers – know it is next to useless, but it continues to be used because it is quick and easy so they can tick off jobs as having been finished with no effort required. Then Simon says the repair jobs have been done. Just come to South Golden and have a look.
    Meanwhile about 10% of Shire pothole repairs are done properly, the old-fashioned way filling the hole and compacting it using brawn.


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