Council about to get cracking on sewer overhaul

Hans Lovejoy

Repairs to almost 50 per cent of Mullumbimby’s oldest sewer network and condition assessments of Ocean Shores and Byron Bay gravity sewer networks are to start this month, say Council staff. 

CCTV was used to examine part of Mullumbimby’s sewerage and stormwater systems. image Byron Shire Council

Council’s project manager, inflow and infiltration, Julian Vivoli, says Council has allocated approximately $1 million from the 2019/20 Capital Works Sewer Fund towards the works.

The oldest section of Mullumbimby’s sewer network, which extends from Tincogan Street, south to Reservoir Road and west of the train line, was installed in the 1960s. 

‘These pipes service some 350 households and businesses in the town’, says Vivoli.

The tender process for these repairs is still to be established and Council is now investigating funding options for future stormwater works.

More than 22 kilometres of gravity sewer mains in the Byron Bay and Ocean Shores sewer catchments will also be inspected via CCTV and potentially by smoke testing.

Mr Vivoli said Council will then direct funds towards further repairs of the highest risk areas of the sewer network.

‘Impact on traffic will be limited during the scheduled works and night works will be undertaken where possible. Repair crews will be accessing the sewer network via maintenance holes only.

‘The sewer rectification works are expected to be complete by June 2020’.

To stay informed about the Reducing Stormwater in Sewers project in Mullumbimby, Council has a project page at

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