Mullumbimby temporary housing village
A temporary housing village has been established on Prince and Station streets, Mullumbimby for local residents who cannot return home because of flood damage.
About the site
The Mullumbimby site is located between Prince and Station streets on land owned by Transport Asset Holding Entity (TAHE).
The site hosts 40 dwellings, housing up to 160 people, and has been operational since December 2022.
Housing units will be available for residents for up to 2 years, with additional time needed for construction and decommissioning. The time spent in the village will depend on the housing needs of each resident while they find and settle back into long-term housing. This will allow time for rebuilding homes, moving, or finding a rental property.
A requirement of the leasing agreement is that the site is rehabilitated to its prior use at the end of occupation, and as agreed with TAHE as the landowner.
The village is managed by North Coast Community Housing.
Flood modelling and site design
The site was reviewed with consideration to flood risk and flood planning, including under the North Byron Floodplain Risk Management Plan.
The NSW Government commissioned independent consultants to undertake flood modelling of different scenarios at the site. The NSW Government then determined the most appropriate design option for the site. A copy of the scenarios modelled is included in the Flood Impact Assessment located at the bottom of this page.
The site has been constructed in line with Scenario A detailed in the Flood Impact Assessment. This involves:
- Construction of a fill pad above the 1% Annual Exceedance Probability (AEP) (1 in 100 year) flood level.
- Swale (drainage channels) installed between the railway line and fill pad, draining into the Brunswick River to the north; and
- Installation of a property protection bund along the northern end of the site.
More information can be found in the Flood Impact Assessment and related documents below.
Utilities and site services
The site includes utilities such as:
- garbage collection
- on-site parking.
Central BBQ facilities and shaded play areas are also available for communal use.
All residents will sign an occupancy agreement before moving into the Mullumbimby village. This sets out appropriate behaviour and conduct for living in the temporary accommodation.
If someone is unable to comply with the terms of occupancy agreement, they may be required to leave the site.
The Community Housing Provider, North Coast Community Housing, is responsible for:
- the day-to-day management of the site
- resident allocations
- on-site security.
Across all sites, the Community Housing Provider works closely with local Recovery Support Services (RSS) to provide support for residents, including:
- mental and physical health
- financial support
- options for returning to a more permanent living situation.
All housing units are cleaned before residents move in. Residents are then responsible for all ongoing cleaning of the housing unit, as it is their private home.