Kallaroo bund passes wet test

RECENT heavy rain has tested the effectiveness of the upgraded Kallaroo Circuit bund at Ocean Shores and it is working as designed, according to Byron Shire Council’s director of asset management, Phil Holloway.

"Council has received no complaints and the recent rainfall demonstrated that the water flows as expected,” he said.

“We’re pleased with the outcome.”

A drainage problem resulted from subdivision work at Ocean Shores when the Capricornia canal was filled to create Kallaroo Circuit.

The two pipes installed at the time for water drainage were believed to have caused floodwaters to back up and cause an issue for cane farmers in Tweed Shire.

Byron Council met with Tweed Shire Council and the local drainage union and a deed of agreement was signed to upgrade the culvert to fix the problem.

"The final solution involved a five-way consultation with Tweed Shire Council, the local drainage union, National Parks, Byron Council and local residents to ensure that effects were minimised on the Billinudgel Nature Reserve, but sufficient to protect the farmers cane during floods,” said Mr Holloway.

"Over a number of months, numerous models were applied to demonstrate the flood durations for differing size and height of the proposed culverts.

"All stakeholders reviewed the data prior to an agreement being made. Upon agreement of a culvert design, a development application was lodged and approved.”

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