Byron Bay Additional Flow Path - A drainage upgrade project

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The Additional Flow Path will better manage the flow of treated water from the Byron Sewage Treatment Plant.


The Additional Flow Path is a drainage upgrade project to better manage treated water from the Byron Sewage Treatment Plant (STP) and stormwater flows across the Belongil Catchment area.

The proposed additional flow path will use public drainage land within the Byron Arts and Industry Estate. New pipeline will be required from the Byron STP to the Industrial Drain. Green areas will be created as part of the public drainage upgrade.

Location

The Additional Flow Path stretches over 2.3km in length. It extends from the Byron Bay Wetlands (at the STP), diagonally south-east across the Byron Industrial Estate (using the Industrial Drain corridor) and continues to Ewingsdale Road. It rejoins the Central Drain at the southern end of Belongil Creek.


Current stage

The project is currently in the detailed design and tender process for construction of the Additional Flow Path.

The Project Team are available to answer questions directly via the Q&A tab or email the Project Team.

Next steps

Outcome of the tender selection process.



The Additional Flow Path is a drainage upgrade project to better manage treated water from the Byron Sewage Treatment Plant (STP) and stormwater flows across the Belongil Catchment area.

The proposed additional flow path will use public drainage land within the Byron Arts and Industry Estate. New pipeline will be required from the Byron STP to the Industrial Drain. Green areas will be created as part of the public drainage upgrade.

Location

The Additional Flow Path stretches over 2.3km in length. It extends from the Byron Bay Wetlands (at the STP), diagonally south-east across the Byron Industrial Estate (using the Industrial Drain corridor) and continues to Ewingsdale Road. It rejoins the Central Drain at the southern end of Belongil Creek.


Current stage

The project is currently in the detailed design and tender process for construction of the Additional Flow Path.

The Project Team are available to answer questions directly via the Q&A tab or email the Project Team.

Next steps

Outcome of the tender selection process.


  • Media Release: $1.5 million drainage upgrade to benefit local business and environment

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    01 Oct 2020

    Byron Shire Council is investing $1.5 million towards a drainage upgrade in the Byron Arts and Industry Estate, aimed at improving water management in the Belongil catchment while providing better access to the industrial area.

    Spanning 2.3 kilometres, the project will also include the construction of a new shaded pathway, cycleway and 14-metre long pedestrian bridge.

    Council has approved commencement of the tender process to construct the additional flow path, which includes the upgrading of existing public drainage land and construction of a small section of new pipeline.

    Designed to align with the Byron Arts and Industry Precinct Plan, the upgraded drainage will offer an additional pathway for treated water from the Byron sewage treatment plant, which is currently routed west through farmland via the Union Drain before entering the Belongil Creek.

    Byron Shire Council Manager Utilities, Cameron Clark said the additional flow path will reduce the constant flows of treated water through the western Union Drain and reduce risk to soil and farmland.

    “By balancing treated water and stormwater flows across the catchment through two pathways instead of one, we can better manage the quality of the water entering the Belongil catchment,” Mr Clark said.

    The drainage upgrade will use water sensitive urban design landscaping, which uses strategically planted native flora and rocks to repurpose and control water flows.

    “Water sensitive landscaping will help slow the flows and further reduce nutrient concentrations before the water enters the Belongil Creek,” Mr Clark said.

    The project will improve pedestrian and cycle movements within the Byron Arts and Industry Estate and provide new green areas for the community and local fauna.

    The additional flow path extends from the Byron Bay Wetlands at the sewage treatment plant, diagonally south-east across the Byron Arts and Industry Estate and continues to Ewingsdale Road. It re-joins the existing drain at the southern end of Belongil Creek.

  • How does the Additional Flow Path benefit the community?

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    20 May 2020
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    The Additional Flow Path project will bring improved social and recreational benefits through the Byron Arts and Industry Estate with more green areas, including a new shaded pathway/cycleway, pedestrian bridge and water sensitive urban design landscaping.

    More broadly, the project will:

    • Reduce the constant flows of treated water through the western Union Drain to reduce risk to soil and farmland;
    • Improve water quality within the Belongil Catchment through water sensitive urban design, which further treats water flows and reduces nutrient concentrations before entering Belongil Creek;
    • Use an existing drainway which offers an opportunity to improve stormwater quality (with highly treated water) and minimise cost;
    • Improve pedestrian/cycle movements within the Byron Arts and Industry Estate with the construction of new shaded and landscaped pathways and a pedestrian bridge;
    • Provide new green areas for the community and local fauna as well as providing a buffer for flooding events; and
    • Align with the Byron Arts & Industry Estate Precinct Plan.