National Parks open Gold Coast and Northern Rivers

After the damage done by ex Tropical Cyclone Debbie in late March, most national parks in the region have now reopened, although some walking tracks and access roads remain closed.

Main details are provided below, but visit the NSW and QLD government official national parks web pages for the most recent updates.

See also Big Volcano Visitor Guide | The National Parks of the Tweed Volcano Region for more parks in the region.

NSW:

Border Ranges National Park

Last reviewed: Thu 20 Apr 2017, 3.21pm.

Closed areas: Tweed Range Scenic Drive partially closed

Tweed Range Scenic Drive is now open from Sheepstation Creek to Pinnacle lookout. Brindle Creek Loop Road is open. Sheepstation Creek and Forest Tops campgrounds are now open. The Pinnacle walk and lookout is open.

Tweed Range Scenic Drive remains closed between Pinnacle lookout and the Barkersvale entrance. Access to Tweed Range Scenic Drive is only via Lynches Creek Road from Wiangaree.

Some walking tracks will remain closed. Affected areas are:

  • Booyong walking track
  • Brindle Creek walking track
  • Bar Mount walking tracks and lookouts
  • Blackbutts lookout

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Photo:  Interpretive signage at Nightcap National Park, Whian Whian State Conservation Area (SCA) Rummery Park camping area.

Gibraltar Range National Park

Last reviewed: Thu 11 May 2017, 9.15am.

Some areas of this park are closed due to programmed road works. This closure may be extended and any extension will be posted as soon as possible. Closed areas are:

  • Mulligan’s Drive and campground
  • Anvil Rock walking track
  • Dandahra Crags walking track
  • Platypus picnic area

Mooball National Park

Last reviewed: Tue 11 Apr 2017, 11.08am.

This park is closed due to storm damage. Landslips, severe erosion and tree falls are blocking all access roads and trails.

Mount Clunie National Park

Last reviewed: Tue 31 May 2016, 10.12am.

Mt Clunie road is closed until further notice due to a collapsed bridge. There is a locked gate and access is restricted.

Mount Jerusalem National Park

Last reviewed: Tue 18 Apr 2017, 11.24am.

This park is closed due to storm damage and blockages related to trees and landslips. This closure remains in place unless otherwise extended or removed.

Nightcap National Park

Last reviewed: Mon 01 May 2017, 1.51pm.

Terania Creek picnic area, Protestors Falls and various walking tracks in Nightcap National Park and Whian Whian State Conservation Area are closed due to flood/storm damage.

This closure may be extended and any extension will be posted as soon as possible. Minyon Grass and Minyon Falls picnic areas remain open. Rummery Park campground is also open.

Toonumbar National Park

Last reviewed: Thu 23 Mar 2017, 10.56am.

Some areas of this park are closed due to weather conditions. The closed areas are:

  • Coxs Road
  • Toonumbar Forest Drive
  • Sherwood lookout
  • Murray Scrub lookout

Ironpot Creek campground and Murray Scrub walking track remain open.

Whian Whian State Conservation Area

Last reviewed: Mon 01 May 2017, 1.51pm.

Terania Creek picnic area, Protestors Falls and various walking tracks in Nightcap National Park and Whian Whian State Conservation Area are closed due to flood/storm damage.

This closure may be extended and any extension will be posted as soon as possible. Minyon Grass and Minyon Falls picnic areas remain open. Rummery Park campground is also open.

Wollumbin National Park (Mount Warning)

Last reviewed: Mon 01 May 2017, 8.23am.

Wollumbin National Park is closed due to storm damage. The Summit track and Lyrebird loop have both suffered damage, resulting in unsafe conditions for public access. Repair works are underway.

Closures may be extended and any extension will be posted as soon as possible. Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, please visit the NSW National Parks safety page for park safety guidelines and current contact details.

QLD:

Park Alerts will be regularly updated regarding conditions on parks. The next updates will be provided by Friday 26 May 2017.

Please note that in affected parks, all camping permits for closed areas are suspended for the duration of the closure. To apply for a refund or gift card, please visit http://www.qld.gov.au/camping.

Commercial tour operators and other permit or agreement holders are not permitted to enter closed areas.

Burleigh Head National Park

Resurfacing of the Oceanview track commenced Wednesday 5 April 2017, with completion anticipated by the end of June (weather dependent).

Work on the track will be completed in two sections. The northern section of the track will be the first section to be reconstructed and the Oceanview track will be closed between the northern entry at Goodwin Terrace and Echo Beach on Tallebudgera Creek during this period.

Gold Coast Hinterland Great Walk Springbrook section closed

Following damage from ex-Tropical Cyclone Debbie, the Springbrook sections of the Gold Coast Hinterland Great Walk remain closed.

This includes:

  • Numinbah Valley to Apple Tree Park;
  • Apple Tree Park to The Settlement; and
  • Woonoongoora Walkers’ Camp at Numinbah Valley.

The sections of the Great Walk in Lamington National Park, including the Green Mountains walkers’ camp, are open.

Observe all signage, barriers and directions from rangers, and do not enter closed areas.

All camping permits for closed areas are suspended for the duration of the closure. To apply for a refund or gift card, please visit http://www.qld.gov.au/camping.

Commercial tour operators and other permit or agreement holders are not permitted to enter closed areas.

Lamington National Park

Following damage from ex-Tropical Cyclone Debbie, some walking tracks in Lamington National Park remain closed.

Tracks closed in Binna Burra section include:

  • Ships Stern circuit;
  • Illinbah circuit and the Illinbah bush camping area;
  • Gwongoorool track; and
  • Caves circuit. Note: A long term closure will apply to the Caves circuit due to a significant landslide.

Tracks closed in the Green Mountains section include:

  • Albert River circuit;
  • Toolona Creek circuit; and
  • West Canungra Creek circuit.

All other walking tracks and camping areas in Lamington National Park are open.

QPWS rangers are currently working on repairs to the other walking tracks and facilities.

Observe all signage, barriers and directions from rangers, and do not enter closed areas.

Lamington National Park alerts

Most remote bush camping areas in Lamington National Park are now open with caution. Bushwalkers and campers should use extreme caution and stay alert for hazards.  Read more

Springbrook National Park

Springbrook Plateau section

Following damage from ex-Tropical Cyclone Debbie, the eastern section of Purling Brook circuit, from the John Stacey suspension bridge up to and including the eastern lookout, the causeway at the top of the falls, and the track to Settlement day-use area remain closed.

Access to the main western lookout remains open.

Observe all signage, barriers and directions from rangers, and do not enter closed areas.

Natural Bridge section

Work has started to upgrade the stairs in the glow-worm cave at Natural Bridge. It is anticipated that this work will be completed by Friday 2 June 2017, pending favourable weather conditions.

The upgrade involves the complete removal of the existing stairs and the installation of a new staircase.

As a result, the following areas are temporarily closed for the duration of the work:

  • Glow-worm cave
  • The upper section of the walking track from the fig tree to the cave entrance.

The lower walking track remains open and provides access to the external lookout ONLY. This lookout is situated outside the cave, but provides views into the cave. Return via the same route to get back to the car park.

Observe all signage, barriers and directions from rangers, and do not enter closed areas.

For latest official details on all park alerts and closures see Gold Coast hinterland national parks alerts at https://www.npsr.qld.gov.au/park-alerts and NSW NPWS Alerts at http://www.nationalparks.nsw.gov.au/alerts/alerts-list

Assistance for flood affected businesses Tweed Shire

‘Category C’ assistance for flood-affected businesses and farmers

Thursday 13 April, 2017

Mayor welcomes support and encourages ‘shop local’ message.

Mayor of Tweed, Councillor Katie Milne has welcomed the approval of ‘Category C’ support for eligible small businesses, farmers and not-for-profits describing the announcement as ‘welcome relief’ towards the end of a gruelling week of recovery efforts.

The Category C listing for Murwillumbah and Lismore was approved overnight and will provide access to grant support of up to $15,000 to eligible primary producers, small businesses and not-for-profits.

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Photo: J Palmer.  Ex TC Debbie 2017.  The view from Riverview Street, Murwillumbah

The first round of support includes areas around the major town centres including Murwillumbah, South Murwillumbah, Condong and Bray Park.   Other Tweed Shire areas including affected rural villages and outlying businesses are being considered under a separate application with more information soon to come.

To assist with the assessment process, businesses in Tumbulgum, Uki, Chinderah, Mooball and Burringbar are encouraged to provide information on how they’ve been affected via: http://www.surveymonkey.com/r/NorthCoastFloodsBusinessSurvey]

Councillor Milne says the Category C support is vital for small businesses hit so hard by the disaster.  “This is really fantastic news; the floods and the clean-up have taken such an emotional and physical toll on everyone involved,” she said.

“Small businesses and primary producers are a really important part of our community life and this sort of support is critical to helping them get back on their feet.  “The damage, clean-up and recovery costs have been significant, these grants will help, but it’s so important at this time that we continue to shop local and get behind these businesses that have lost so much.”

Category C assistance includes recovery grants for primary producers, small businesses and non-profit organisations and are designed to assist with the costs of clean-up and reinstatement of businesses that have suffered direct damage as a result of an eligible disaster.

To apply for a recovery grant, small businesses in the local government areas above can contact the NSW Rural Assistance Authority on 1800 678 593 or by visiting the NSW Rural Assistance Authority http://www.raa.nsw.gov.au/ website.

Further information on disaster assistance is available at the Disaster Assist https://www.disasterassist.gov.au/Pages/home.aspx website and the Emergency NSW https://www.emergency.nsw.gov.au/  website.

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To view all Tweed Shire Council media releases online, please visit the Tweed Shire Council Newsroom.

Tweed and Lismore road closure updates

Thursday 13 April, 2017

Tweed roads open but many hazards demand extreme care

All Tweed Shire Council roads bar two are trafficable and all communities have access in and out of their properties.

Council has successfully negotiated to push a temporary track through private property to restore access around the catastrophic failure of Manns Road at Rowlands Creek. This work will start after Easter.  Investigations are continuing in how to repair Lone Pine Road at Doon Doon, where one property is isolated.

Council will install temporary traffic lights on Clothiers Creek Road to improve safety at the one-lane section skirting a major landslip.

Council advises that while Mount Warning Road is trafficable as far as the National Parks gate and businesses there are open, the summit track is closed to visitors as repairs to scours and slip damage are being undertaken.  Road repairs will continue on Mount Warning Road over the next month as Council works to restore this important tourist destination in sync with the National Parks and Wildlife Service restoring the walking track.

At the request of National Parks, traffic controllers will be mobilised to Mount Warning Road to stop pedestrians walking through the roadwork sites to get into the National Park.

Council is continuing to retrieve materials from the washed-away Byrrill Creek bridge to rebuild a temporary one-lane timber bridge on the same alignment to restore more direct access for this community while assessing options for a permanent replacement bridge.

The temporary bridge will take at least one month to build so residents are advised that they will have to continue travelling via Tyalgum, or Cadell and Kyogle roads until then.

While roads are now trafficable, many are not in good condition and motorists should drive expecting multiple hazards.
Not only are some of the landslips still moving but road edges are soft and temporary patching of road scours and potholes may deteriorate quickly. Council expects it will take several weeks to clear topside slips.

Motorists also are advised to expect gravel and stone deposits on roads and to avoid hitting this type of debris at speed.

Over the past two weeks, Council has worked beyond its normal road maintenance limits to clear property access routes through road reserves. However, it cannot clear access routes on private property and owners are advised to contact the Recovery Centre by telephoning 6670 2133 for advice on what options they may have.

To view all Tweed Shire Council media releases online, please visit the Tweed Shire Council Newsroom.

Council urges patience for those affected by road closures

Lismore City Council is urging patience from rural residents as some of the major road closures caused by the recent natural disaster could take months to repair.   All residents will have emergency services access by the end of today (Thursday 13th) and be able to reach Lismore, however, for some this means a much longer trip than usual.

Council is now compiling detailed damage assessments for a disaster relief application to the Commonwealth-State National Disaster Relief and Recovery Arrangements (NDRRA). Rough estimates suggest the total damage bill from the flood could be well over $40 million.

Once assessments are finalised in the next three weeks, the NSW Government will need to assess Council’s claim and undertake geotechnical reports before disaster relief funding can be issued.   This is not a process Council can speed up, except to ensure that Lismore’s claim is submitted to the NSW Government soon as possible so the natural disaster funding process can get underway.

“We understand for some residents this seems like a long time, but disaster recovery is a lengthy and complicated process, and the work must be done right,” Mayor Isaac Smith said.   “Some of the landslips we are dealing with are quite serious, and are also very expensive to repair. We are relying on disaster relief in order to complete these works.”

Council is now in the process of restarting its regular roadworks program, which Mayor Isaac Smith says is good news for local ratepayers.   “Council’s own resources used during ‘normal’ work hours aren’t eligible to be covered under the natural disaster funding,” he explained.   “Using our crews on the regular roadworks schedule and contracting out the flood repairs gives ratepayers the best bang for their buck. Council acknowledges this will be frustrating for some ratepayers, but is ultimately the best outcome for the Lismore Local Government Area.”

Roads still subject to closure are:

  • Boatharbour Road (culvert collapse).
  • Cawongla Road (landslip).
  • Keerrong Road (landslip).
  • Koonorigan Road (landslip).
  • Oakey Creek Road (culvert washed away).
  • Suffolk Road off Blue Knob Road (culvert washed way – repairs currently taking place).

For road closure updates, visit http://www.myroadinfo.com.au http://www.myroadinfo.com.au.

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http://www.lismore.nsw.gov.au/

Lismore City Council acknowledges the people of the Bundjalung Nation, traditional custodians of the land on which we work.  

NSW State Govt Natural Disaster Scheme Info

Natural Disaster Relief Scheme Grants

A grant up to $15,000 to all eligible small businesses for clean-up and immediate restoration costs is available following the Category C funding announcement. Information and application forms can be found on the NSW Rural Assistance Authority website or call 1800 678 593.

Free Business Funding & Recovery Seminars

Free seminars will be held next week in Lismore and Murwillumbah on applying for disaster funding and managing cashflow.

Lismore – Thursday 20 April 2017
Time: 7am – 8:30am
Venue: Lismore Workers Club, 231 Keen Street, Lismore
Register here

Murwillumbah – Friday 21 April 2017
Time: 7am – 8:30am
Venue: Murwillumbah Services Club, 10 Wollumbin Street, Murwillumbah
Register: Email your RSVP to info@murwillumbahchamber.com.au

Grants under the $1 million business support package

A new $1 million business support package to help small businesses affected by the floods has been announced by the Deputy Premier. To register your interest, please email regional.program@smallbusiness.nsw.gov.au

Easter Weekend Recovery Centre Hours
Friday 14th April – Closed
Saturday 15th April to Monday 17th April – 10am to 4pm

Talk to a Business Connect Advisor

A Business Connect advisor can help you through the impact of the floods on your business. Advice is offered on managing cash flow, planning the next steps, accessing financial support and connecting to additional support. Call 1300 134 359 to talk to an advisor.

Help us understand what support you need.  Please complete the NSW Government Survey for Business so we can provide the right support for you and your business. This will help us to assist you and your community over the coming weeks and months.

Find more flood support resources on our website: North Coast Floods April 2017

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NSW Government Department of Industry

Council’s new warning on emerging road hazards

Recovery work to focus on roads and bridges 

Council is urging community members to slow down on the region’s roads as ongoing flood clean-up work continues and traffic volumes return to normal levels.

Council’s Director of Engineering David Oxenham said flood debris, slips and mud are being cleared but new hazards are emerging.
“The heavy rain has damaged the road surface in many areas which means small pot holes and soft edges can quickly become major unexpected hazards, particularly for motorcycle riders and cyclists,” he said.

“Vehicles travelling at speed can cause more damage to the road surface so I urge community members to take care for their own safety and the safety of our road crews who are working long hours to repair the damage.”

Council and its contractors this week move their focus from making roads passable and reconnecting isolated communities to starting to restore the roads for safe travel.

The first priority will be to stabilise topside slips, remove rocks and tree debris, clear table drains and any built-up deposits of soil, gravel, shale or bitumen.  Crews also will clean in and around pits, culverts and bridges and record any dangerous slips.

The roads to be worked on first include: Urliup, Hogans, Mt Warning, Tomewin and Garden of Eden, Tyalgum and Tyalgum Creek, Numinbah, Kyogle, Clothiers Creek, Stokers, Reserve Creek, Carool, Doon Doon and Commissioners Creek roads.

Manns Road at Rowlands Creek and Lone Pine Road at Commissioners Creek remain closed.

Council urges all motorists to be prepared for workers on roads throughout the shire and to take extreme care as the soils remain saturated and new landslips cannot be ruled out.

Residents can get the latest information on the road network via http://www.tweed.nsw.gov.au/RoadWorks]. The information also is available on http://www.myroadinfo.com.au/], together with information from neighbouring shires.

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Visit our Newsroom http://www.tweed.nsw.gov.au/Newsroom] page to view all media releases online.

National Parks closures Gold Coast and Northern Rivers

Mt Warning Road is now open, with access to accommodation and cafes/restaurants also open for business, but the Wollumbin / Mount Warning Summit walk in Wollumbin National Park is closed due to storm damage.

Popular camping areas in Border Ranges National Park and Nightcap National Park are open.  See summaries below.

For alternative camping options see Big Volcano Campgrounds and Big Volcano Caravan Parks and Holiday Parks

For latest official details see Gold Coast hinterland national parks alerts at https://www.npsr.qld.gov.au/park-alerts and NSW NPWS Alerts at http://www.nationalparks.nsw.gov.au/alerts/alerts-list

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Gold Coast hinterland national parks alerts

Gold Coast Hinterland Great Walk (view park page)

Lamington National Park closed due to ex-tropical cyclone Debbie

Lamington National Park (view park page)

Lamington National Park closed due to ex-tropical cyclone Debbie

Springbrook National Park (view park page)

Springbrook National Park closed due to ex-tropical cyclone Debbie

Cascades track in Mount Cougal section closed due to ex-tropical cyclone Debbie

As a result of damage from ex-Tropical Cyclone Debbie, the above mentioned protected areas will remain closed until declared safe.

QPWS rangers are currently working on repairs. Observe all signage, barriers and directions from rangers, and do not enter closed areas.

Commercial tour operators and other permit or agreement holders are not permitted to enter closed areas.

Tamborine National Park (view park page)

Caution required: creek crossing on Lower Creek circuit at Joalah

Corbould and Cedar Creek fire trails closed due to ex-tropical cyclone Debbie

Northern Rivers national parks alerts

Border Ranges National Park  Last reviewed: Thu 06 Apr 2017, 1.29pm.

Tweed Range Scenic Drive and Brindle Creek Loop Road are closed due to affects of Tropical Cyclone Debbie. Sheepstation Creek campground is open and can only be accessed via Lynches Creek Road from Wiangaree.  All walking tracks will remain closed until further assessment. This closure may be extended and any extension will be posted as soon as possible.

Mooball National Park  Last reviewed: Fri 07 Apr 2017, 12.36pm.

This park is closed due to storm damage associated with ex tropical cyclone Debbie, unless the closure is otherwise extended or removed.

Mount Clunie National Park Last reviewed: Tue 31 May 2016, 10.12am.

Mt Clunie road is closed until further notice due to a collapsed bridge. There is a locked gate and access is restricted.

Mount Jerusalem National Park Last reviewed: Fri 07 Apr 2017, 12.00pm.

This park is closed due to storm damage and blockages related to trees and landslips. This closure remains in place unless otherwise extended or removed.

Nightcap National Park / Whian Whian State Conservation Area  Last reviewed: Fri 07 Apr 2017, 4.07pm.

Terania Creek picnic area, Protestors Falls and various walking tracks in Nightcap National Park and Whian Whian State Conservation Area are closed due to flooding. This closure may be extended and any extension will be posted as soon as possible.

Minyon Grass and Minyon Falls picnic areas remain open. Rummery Park campground is also open.

Please drive safely and be aware of road conditions.

Toonumbar National Park  Last reviewed: Fri 07 Apr 2017, 12.36pm.

This park is closed due to storm damage associated with ex tropical cyclone Debbie, unless the closure is otherwise extended or removed.  For more information, please contact the NPWS Tweed-Kyogle area office on (02) 6632 0000 (Kyogle) or (02) 6670 8600 (Murwillumbah)

Wollumbin National Park Last reviewed: Fri 07 Apr 2017, 12.36pm.

This park is closed due to storm damage, unless the closure is otherwise extended or removed. … The Wollumbin / Mount Warning Summit walk is closed due to storm damage.

See Gold Coast hinterland national parks alerts at https://www.npsr.qld.gov.au/park-alerts and NSW NPWS Alerts at http://www.nationalparks.nsw.gov.au/alerts/alerts-list for full details.

Alternative Attractions to National Parks

See also Big Volcano Regional Tourist and Visitor Guide or blog posts: Wollumbin National Park closed for other options, and also Mt Warning Climb Alternatives, two 2013 posts offering some other choices to a climb or rainforest walk.  (Some of these suggestions will be closed as above.)