The Federal Government’s Local Roads and Community Infrastructure Program has granted $1.4 million to upgrade Byron Bay’s stormwater drainage network, across Lighthouse Road, Paterson Street and Kipling Street. 

The works will be delivered by the Byron Shire Council, who received the grant – with the project set to begin on 9 August 2021. 

Byron Shire Council’s Director Infrastructure Services, Phil Holloway, said, “We are very excited to be delivering these much needed and critical works which include the construction of kerb and gutter and underground stormwater drainage on Lighthouse Road, that will extend from the Captain Cook Carpark to Massinger Street. 

“The upgrades will also include construction of a new grassed swale on the eastern side of Paterson Street and a vegetated stormwater basin south east of the corner of Paterson Street and Kipling Street.”

Mr Holloway said that the works will target stormwater runoff that currently comes down from Lighthouse Road into Clarkes Beach Caravan Park and then onto Clarkes Beach, mitigating the impact of stormwater runoff on these areas.

“Once upgraded, the stormwater network will capture, detain and treat runoff from the road and surrounding properties,” Mr Holloway said. 

The works are expected to take four months to complete, weather permitting.

“At times traffic may be reduced to one lane and there may be minor delays but we will make every effort to keep disruptions to a minimum during the construction period,” Mr Holloway said.

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