Drainage Education Campaign Kicks Off


The Drain is for Rain is the tagline of a new education campaign kicking off over the Byron Shire next month.

The campaign encourages residents, businesses, and visitors to keep their waste out of drains and easements, which will reduce flash flooding, damage to property, and help the environment.

Phil Holloway, Byron Shire Council’s Director of Infrastructure Services said that all types of things are being found in drains and easements.

“We’ve found everything from tree branches to old fridges and children’s toys dumped in drains and easements, and this causes all sorts of issues for our drainage system. Drains get blocked and flash flooding occurs, which can then damage properties from drains overflowing,” he said.

“Dumping things such as garden waste can also contaminate our waterways. It’s also illegal under the Protection of the Environment Operations Act 1997, and people can face a big fine for doing so.

“Council is working on several flood and waste mitigation projects, as well as regular drainage maintenance across the Shire. While we recognise there’s a lot of work to be done, we urge residents to help us help them, by keeping the drain for rain,” he said.

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