New playground and tennis court at Chillingham

A new $290,000 playground and upgraded tennis court has opened at Chillingham much to the delight of local residents.

The park has been designed to be fun for all ages and abilities and includes accessible equipment for babies, toddlers, juniors, teens and even adults.

The park was designed to reflect the village’s diverse community and integrates the local character of Chillingham and its farming history.

The new playground at Chillingham aims to appeal to children of all ages.

Council’s Recreation Planner Jodie Hewett said it was great to be able to partner with the local community to create a fantastic new park where everyone is welcome.

“We asked our community to choose their favourite design, and now we’re pleased to announce the new park is open with lots of fun to be had,” Ms Hewett said.

“This was a high priority project in Council’s Open Space Strategy 2019-2029 and during community consultation, the community asked for an upgrade to the tennis courts, a playground and more youth activities.

“It’s great to bring this new community space to the residents of Chillingham – especially in Local Government Week.

“A big concern for our rural communities in the past has been the lack of facilities so being able to provide more options for residents and young families to enjoy is very rewarding.”

The rural-themed park features:

  • an upgraded tennis court that can be used for tennis and netball
  • a half basketball court
  • new play equipment
  • built shade structure
  • scooter track
  • new basket swing
  • accessible picnic table and seating
  • landscaping
  • shade trees
  • fencing and an entrance gate.

Community input was incorporated into the project following engagement activities including a survey and an information session held at Chillingham in 2021 which informed the final design.

Council received a $290,000 grant from the Australian Government’s Local Road and Community Infrastructure Program to upgrade the park and tennis courts.

While the park is now open and ready to be enjoyed, line marking on the courts will still need to be completed over the coming weeks.

Find out more about the project and its history at

TSC Newsroom: Published 3 August 2022

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Mayor welcomes new housing package but more targeted help needed

Housing, roads, flood resilience and mitigation top wish list

Temporary and permanent accommodation, rebuilding the battered road network and funding to support flood resilience and mitigation activities top the list of priorities as the Tweed moves into the post-flood recovery phase.

Australian Army soldiers from 8th/9th Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment, assist the local community in removing flood-damaged belongings from the streets in Murwillumbah, New South Wales, as part of Operation Flood Assist 2022.

Council is advocating strongly to all levels of government for additional support in the wake of the devastating flood of February 2022, which inundated thousands of homes and damaged more than 2,100 properties, rendering 500 uninhabitable.

The record flood has left a damage bill of an estimated $80 million on Council infrastructure, including more than $50 million in damages to the road network. This figure does not include the cost of damage to businesses and private homes in the Tweed – estimated to be in the hundreds of millions of dollars.

These figures follow the announcement last week (12 April 2022) of an additional $855 million joint flood recovery support package from the NSW and Federal Governments, as well as an additional $350 million package from the NSW Government for temporary housing for flood-affected communities in the Northern Rivers.

The NSW Government also announced today the creation of the Northern Rivers Reconstruction Corporation to oversee recovery of the region.

Mayor of Tweed Shire Chris Cherry welcomed this additional support.

“We are grateful to the NSW Government for their decision to invest in temporary and more permanent housing for residents of the Northern Rivers displaced by the flood,” Cr Cherry said.

Tweed Shire Council Mayor, Councillor Chris Cherry.

“We are seeking an urgent meeting with the new Northern Rivers Reconstruction Corporation to discuss a solution which is specific to the Tweed. Our situation is quite different to that of our neighbours and we need to ensure we meet the needs of our residents moving forward.

“While we welcome pods in certain circumstances, we think they would be better placed on individual’s lands so they can be close to where their family and community are and close to the home they are rebuilding.

“We’ve come a long way in the 7 weeks since the flood with the clean-up nearing an end and emergency repair works giving way to more permanent solutions.

“The streets may look a bit cleaner but the recovery is far from over. We still have several hundred people displaced and in short-term accommodation – many of whom are suffering with not knowing what the future holds.

“We were experiencing a severe housing crisis exacerbated by COVID-19 before the flood: that has now been worsened and housing remains our top concern as we move forward with the recovery.

“We thank the State and Federal Governments for their support to date and will continue to advocate strongly on behalf of the Tweed community as we move to rebuild in a smarter, more flood-resilient way.”

Council has listed the following issues in need of urgent attention, in some order of priority:

1.    Housing

  • An incentive scheme to encourage owners of short-term holiday rental properties to provide longer-term temporary accommodation to flood victims.
  • Purchase of flood-free land for relocation of industrial and residential properties via land swap arrangements or voluntary relocation plans.
  • Expansion of current voluntary house purchase and voluntary house raising schemes.

2.    Roads

  • Support with repair and rebuilding of roads impacted by significant landslides, particularly with those heavily used such as Scenic Drive at Bilambil, Tyalgum Road and Reserve Creek Road.
  • Funding for improved reconstructions that are more resilient to future floods such as Tweed Valley Way at Blacks Drain and Kyogle Road rather than replacing the original infrastructure like-for-like.
  • Review of Pacific Highway accessibility during flood events to prevent the roadway being inundated at Chinderah and cutting the Tweed LGA in half as occurred during this flood event and in 2017.

3.    Flood mitigation

  • Funding for a review of the Murwillumbah CBD Levee and Drainage Study and the recommendations which come from that which are likely to include improved flood pumping systems along with support for greater community and business preparedness.
  • Repair and improvement of the Murwillumbah CBD flood levee.
  • Review of impacts of M1 on flooding.  

4.    Rivers and riverbanks

  • There was extensive damage and flood scouring of riverbanks (up to 30m deep in places) that is significantly impacting and putting at high risk key infrastructure, such as Kyogle Road, Tweed Valley Way and others.
  • Support for cleaning-up rivers and restoration works.

5.    State Emergency Services

  • Funding support for the building / rebuilding of new SES unit facilities in Murwillumbah and Tweed Heads.
  • Upgrade of evacuation centres.
  • Membership drive to increase active members of the SES/ Rural Fire Service, e.g. through payroll concessions.

6.    Community support

  • More funding assistance for organisations supporting communities.

7.    Rebuild and repair costs

  • Assistance for local government with the significant cost to repair buildings and infrastructure.

Meanwhile, Council is working on its submission to the 2022 NSW Flood Inquiry – and is encouraging residents, businesses and community organisations in the Tweed to do the same.

The deadline for inquiry submissions is Friday 20 May 2022, with late submissions considered by people directly impacted by the floods. For more information, visit

TSC Newsroom: Published 19 April 2022

Tweed Flood appeal gets $20,000 donation boost from film company

Tweed Mayor thanks makers of I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here!

Filmed at a secret location in the Tweed since 2003, the makers of hit reality TV Show I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here! have kindly donated $20,000 towards the Together Tweed Mayoral Flood Appeal 2022.

The makers of popular British reality TV series I’m a Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here! have shown their support for the Tweed, donating $20,000 towards the Together Tweed Mayoral Flood Appeal 2022.

The generous donation was made by production house ITV Studios late last week, boosting the amount donated to the Appeal.

Mayor of Tweed Chris Cherry

Mayor of Tweed Chris Cherry paid tribute to ITV, which has filmed the hit British and German shows at a secret location in the Tweed since 2003, for their extremely kind donation to the local community’s recovery efforts.

“The community is slowly picking up the pieces with the flood debris collection nearly done and our attention now turning to the longer term recovery effort,” Cr Cherry said.

The flood appeal seeks to raise funds to offer affected Tweed communities immediate help, support recovery efforts and resilience to future flood events and contribute to addressing significant long-term issues such as housing.

“ITV’s incredibly generous donation will go a long way towards helping our families both recover from this flood event and be more ready for the next one. Thank you again for your heartfelt generosity at a time when we need it most.

“It is acts of kindness like this that support the people of the Tweed to recover from this dreadful disaster.”

The February 2022 flood was the biggest in the Tweed’s recorded history. Many areas recorded unprecedented river levels and the damage bill is set to double that of the devastating 2017 flood event.

While local residents and businesses have received assistance from the Federal and NSW Government’s Natural Disaster Declarations, many people in the Tweed have been significantly affected and need extensive support to get back on their feet.

Council is aiming to raise at least $40,000, with monies to be equally distributed between the Murwillumbah Community Centre for the purchase of a new bus, and vital communications equipment for isolated communities in the Tweed.

Once this $40,000 target is met, the balance of funds will go to The Family Centre, the Northern Rivers Community Foundation (NRCF) and local units of the NSW State Emergency Service (SES).

The Family Centre will use the funds to support children, families and young people impacted by the floods. The NRCF will award grants to help community organisations work in the early, medium and long term phases of the flood recovery. And the SES will use the funds to recruit, train and develop volunteers for local units to build its capacity to respond to future emergencies.

To donate to the Together Tweed Mayoral Flood Appeal 2022, please make a direct transfer to:

Name: TSC Mayors Appeal Fund
BSB: 062-580
Account: 10370281

For more information visit

Australian Army soldiers from 8th/9th Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment, assist the local community in removing flood-damaged belongings from the streets in Murwillumbah, New South Wales, as part of Operation Flood Assist 2022.

Northern Rivers LGA Disaster Recovery Update summaries

Selected items from Tweed Shire, Lismore and Ballina Council Flood recovery media releases, plus links to Kyogle and Richmond Valley web sites and Emergency dashboards, national parks info and Farmers markets.

Tweed Shire Council:

“The human consequences of this flood, the loss of possessions, the loss of livelihoods and the displacement of people from their homes is catastrophic for so many in our Shire.

“We have lost 2 members of our community to this flood event. We have communities who are still isolated out at Commissioners Creek after 17 days. Many communities still only have 4WD access available.”

Recent figures released by Resilience NSW show of the 3,940 homes assessed in the Tweed so far, more than 2,100 buildings have suffered damage and 498 dwellings have been declared uninhabitable as a result of the flood.

Australian Defence Force troops help with the clean-up of flood waste at Stotts Creek Resource Recovery Centre.

Stotts Creek Resource Recovery Centre

From Thursday 17 March, the tip will only be open to the public from 7am – 11am each day for a period of at least 3 weeks. The situation will be reassessed in a fortnight, with the aim of restoring full public access as soon as possible. Normal access will be provided on Sundays when our clean-up crews will be stood down.

Here is what you can do to help:

  • Avoid the tip entirely – work crews are making their way around the Tweed and will get to each residence and business affected by the floods to collect flood-generated waste from the kerb.
  • If you have to attend the tip, do this between 7am – 11am only.
  • Try to attend earlier in the day before the clean-up trucks, crews and ADF get into full swing.

Clean-up crews are working 6 days per week and are making their way around the Shire to each flood-affected street as quickly as possible – no one will be missed.

Loads of flood waste from flood-affected areas will continue to be accepted free of charge until Monday 21 March.

Uki water treatment plant back online

The Uki Water Treatment Plant is operating again and local water reservoirs are now filling.

In consultation with NSW Health, Tweed Shire Council is resupplying Uki with freshly treated water from the Uki Water Treatment Plant. Tests confirm the water is safe to drink.

Water is no longer being tankered into the village from the Bray Park Water Treatment Plant supply.

See all Tweed Shire Council media releases here:

Lismore City Council

LCC has a page is dedicated to providing as much information as possible regarding the major flood event of 28 February 2022.

Please see below for options such as latest road closures, Lismore Flood Fund, flood financial assistance and much more.

Roads across our entire local government area have had significant damage.

Our crews are working hard to ensure our roads are safe, however, it will take time and we ask for the community’s patience.

The following is a snapshot of some of the most significant damage to our roads. We will keep the community updated on other road works we are undertaking.

Please always drive to conditions and follow all instructions.

Lismore City Council road repair updates:


Council understands that it will take our community a long time to recover from the 2022 floods. To assist, our Built Environment team has prepared a fact sheet about a temporary accommodation ‘option’ for residents who have been displaced from their homes as a result of the flood.

People who have been displaced from their homes as a result of the flood can install a moveable dwelling, such as a caravan, on land without Council’s approval for up to two years.

To read the fact sheet, click here ( .


Fashion charity Thread Together has set up a distribution hub offering flood affected members of our community free new clothing.

People will have access to new menswear, womenswear, shoes and accessories and a wide selection of childrenswear from 10am today (Wednesday) at no cost.

There is also range of socks, underwear, pyjamas, activewear and even coats and boots from an extensive range of well-known brands.

The hub is located in Norma’s Kitchen underneath the Members Stand at the Lismore Showgrounds.

Please enter from the gate nearest the Farmers Market. Operating hours at this stage are 10am to 4pm, Monday to Friday.


The free hourly bus shuttle includes the Distribution Centre at the Lismore Showgrounds and the Lismore Base Hospital.
We ask that people use this service rather than drive into the CBD to allow recovery efforts to continue unhampered by traffic.

1st Trip
👉 9am- Goonellabah Sports & Aquatic Centre (GSAC)- Wallerawang Drive Goonellabah
👉 9.07am-Southern Cross University (SCU) Evacuation Centre- Rifle Range Road
👉 9.10am- Southern Cross University “V” Block- Creative Arts Block
👉 9.15am- Opposite Lismore Base Hospital- Uralba Road
👉 9.18am- Support Facility- Lismore Library Car Park- Dawson St
👉 9.20am- Opposite KOORI MAIL- Molesworth Street
👉 9.25am- Lismore Showgrounds- Alexandra Pde Gate
👉 9.30am- Lismore Showgrounds- Alexandra Pde Gate
👉 9.35am- KOORI MAIL- Molesworth Street
👉 9.40am- Support Facility- Lismore Library Car Park- Magellan St
👉 9.43am- Lismore Base Hospital- Bus Stop- Uralba Road
👉 9.48am- Opposite- Southern Cross University “V” Block- Creative Arts Block
👉 9.50am- Opposite- Southern Cross University (SCU) Evacuation Centre- Rifle Range Rd
👉 9.55am- Goonellabah Sports & Aquatic Centre (GSAC)- Wallerawang Drive Goonellabah

2nd Trip- 10am from GSAC
3rd Trip- 11am from GSAC
4th Trip- noon from GSAC
5th Trip- 1pm from GSAC
6th Trip- 2pm from GSAC
7th Trip- 3pm from GSAC
8th Trip- 4pm from GSAC
9th Trip- 5pm from GSAC


Essential Energy continues to repair damaged electrical underground and overhead equipment in the network.

As of Wednesday, 16 March there were 1,315 customers who remained without power across Lismore due to damage to our electricity network.

Additionally, 3,776 customers are disconnected from the network due to flood inundation and are awaiting inspection by a private electrician. This includes customers primarily across Lismore, plus Coraki, Woodburn and surrounding areas.

Essential Energy also advises the community to be aware of overhead powerlines. The continuously wet ground across rural areas may cause powerline ‘stays’ to move, and landslips can change the distance between a powerline and the ground.

If you see a powerline that looks low, stay 8 metres away and call Essential Energy to report it on 13 20 80.

For more information about Lismore City Council area advisories and services, visit this page:

Ballina Shire Council

Ballina is currently making daily media announcements

Ballina Recovery Centre: The Recovery Centre at the Ballina Surf Club in East Ballina is open seven days a week from 9am to 5pm, offering:

accommodation advice
mental health and wellbeing services
support for businesses
clean-up services
financial assistance
insurance and legal support.

A return shuttle bus service is operating daily to the Ballina Flood Recovery Centre. Click below to view the routes and download a timetable.
Ballina to Lake Ainsworth – Route 701
Ballina to Alstonville – Route 702
Ballina to Wardell – Route 703

Ballia Council Flood Recovery enews;

Kyogle Shire Council


Work on the damaged bridge on Tunglebung Creek Road is expected to start tomorrow. If works go to plan, the bridge could be open to traffic tomorrow afternoon.

Weather permitting, work to replace the failed culvert on Dyraaba Road will start next week. Council expects it will take up to two weeks to replace the culvert. In the meantime, a detour via Old Dyraaba Road remains in place.

Other roads that remain closed that have detours in place are:

  •  Lillian Rock Road (detour is expected to be in place long term)
  •  Geneva Street, Kyogle (detour is expected to be in place long term)

Capeen Creek Road is the only road that is closed, isolating residents. There are two load limited bridges between Old Bonalbo and the flood-affected bridge. Council is still working on the first of two side-tracks that will allow us to access the damaged bridge. Council expects to move on to the second bridge next week.

The situation on the Bruxner Highway, Kyogle Road and Summerland Way remains unchanged.

The Bruxner Highway continues to be restricted to one lane at two locations west of Mummulgum. Landslips have closed one lane of the highway on the Mallanganee Range and near Rogers Road east of Tabulam. Both lane closures are expected to remain in place for some time.

Kyogle Road at the Cawongla Range is closed to all traffic from 8.30am to 3.30 pm on weekdays. It continues to be open to one-lane of traffic outside of these hours and is open all weekend.

Summerland Way is restricted to one lane of traffic at Burnetts. The single lane closure will be in place for some time.

Council continues to assess its road, bridge and infrastructure network for flood damage, while working to restore access to isolated residents.

We ask for residents’ patience while we work through this colossal task and ask people to report any issues they come across by phoning 6632 1611 during business hours or 6626 6800 after hours.

Web site has home page links to latest news, or check out the Kyogle Shire Emergency Dashboard

Richmond Valley (Casino) latest news:

Richmond Valley Council Emergency Dashboard

National Parks, Farmers Markets

National parks advisories: NSW National Parks All national parks in the Northern Rivers are currently closed. Queensland National Parks. Check which Gold Coast and hinterland parks are open.

Regular events like Farmers Markets and Weekend monthly markets maybe cancelled or moved to nearby higher, drier ground. Please check their web sites or social media channels like Big Volcano’s for latest details.

Also check Big Volcano towns and villages index for links to all LGAs Emergency dashboards, as at 18/3/22 publication date.

Lismore Eat Street Festival 2022

Eat the Street Festival Lismore, 2022

The popular Eat the Street Festival will return to Lismore’s CBD on Sunday, 29 May after it was cancelled last year due to COVID-19.

This year’s festival was originally scheduled to be held in March, but organisers decided to hold it slightly later in the year to allow our food vendors and suppliers more time to prepare after what has been a turbulent start to 2022, Council’s Manager of Liveable and Active Communities Tony Duffy said.

“It’s going to be great to be back and we are looking forward to a very successful Eat the Street Festival this year. The activity and excitement it brings to the CBD each year is incredible and this year will be no different”.

“It is a great day out for all of the family, and I encourage everyone to come along and enjoy being together as a community once again.”

Since its inception in 2016, Eat the Street has quickly become an iconic Northern Rivers festival, showcasing the regions’ finest food vendors and entertaining tens of thousands of people.

The 2022 event will consist of a farm tour, live music, cooking demonstrations and live performances.

Further details including food stalls, musical artists, chefs and tours will be announced closer to the date. Keep an eye on

Media and Community Relations Coordinator Peter Weekes | Lismore City Council
PO Box 23A, Lismore, NSW 2480 | T 02 6625 0529 | M 0428 173 114 | W

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Full steam ahead for Tweed section of Rail Trail

Anticipation is building for local businesses, cycle enthusiasts and walking groups after crews started construction works at a number of locations along the Tweed section of the Northern Rivers Rail Trail.

An artist’s impression of how the Murwillumbah Railway Station may look on the Tweed section of the Northern Rivers Rail Trail.
An artist’s impression of how the Murwillumbah Railway Station may look on the Tweed section of the Northern Rivers Rail Trail.

Thanks to input from industry experts and stakeholders including traditional owners, local residents, businesses, community and interest groups, the trail’s construction will see heritage bridges and railway station buildings restored, local places of cultural significance acknowledged and celebrated, and will deliver an accessible community resource for people of all abilities to enjoy.

Project Director Iain Lonsdale said construction works on the Tweed section of the Northern Rivers Rail Trail were progressing well and on schedule to be finished by December next year.

Work to clear vegetation along the Tweed section of the trail began earlier this year while detailed design and preliminary site works have been underway since the $11.8m construction contract was awarded to family-owned construction company Hazel Bros in June.

“We are excited to be moving into the onsite construction phase of works now that the detailed site design works are nearly complete,” Mr Lonsdale said.

“Murwillumbah locals may have seen the main site office set up at the Murwillumbah Station in recent days and people may start to see crews preparing for the first construction works, set to begin at Dunbible on 15 December.”

The first official works will include restoration and resurfacing of the historic Colin Street Bridge in South Murwillumbah. A compacted gravel surface will also be installed along a 200 metre stretch of the disused rail line to trial the installation process and evaluate the surface’s suitability for local conditions. As part of this process, a section of the old railway track will be removed to enable construction of the new surface.

“It is really important to us that we respect our Aboriginal heritage and our built environment and I am proud this project will restore so much of this important local history and put it on show for people to enjoy and learn more,” Mr Lonsdale said.

Excitement building

Council’s Senior Economic Development Officer Kym Kranen is looking forward to the project getting underway.

“The Rail Trail will be a fantastic resource for our community and make the Tweed an even greater place to visit, helping our local businesses to thrive,” she said.

“It will be a destination for the whole community to enjoy – whether you want a safe place to ride with friends and family, go on a long distance ride with your cycle club, or just walk through the countryside to explore local villages, experience our beautiful scenic landscapes or learn about local history.”

When completed, the Northern Rivers Rail Trail will preserve the 132km scenic rail corridor between Murwillumbah and Casino, creating a safe, car-free connection between the villages and towns along the route.

The 24km Tweed section will link Murwillumbah Railway Station with the Tweed Regional Gallery and travel south through the villages of Stokers Siding, Burringbar, Mooball and Crabbes Creek.

“The Rail Trail will be a wonderful backdrop for a whole host of new eco-tourism ventures,” Ms Kranen said.

“We think it is really going to be something special and we’re excited about the ideas we’re already hearing from the local business community. They are really excited too – a workshop for local entrepreneurs and business operators hosted by Destination North Coast this week was booked out.”

Ms Kranen said some of the ideas at the workshop included coffee vans and kiosks, food trucks, paddock-to-plate experiences, horse-riding, arts and crafts stalls and brewery and distillery tours.

Under wraps.  Work has begun to restore steelwork a rail bridge at South Murwillumbah, in northern NSW.
Work has begun to restore the steelwork on the Colin Street Bridge at South Murwillumbah.

The Australian Government’s Regional Jobs and Infrastructure Package Fund and NSW Government’s Restart NSW program have provided the funding required to construct the trail.

Train services ceased operating on the Northern NSW Branch Line between Casino and Murwillumbah in May 2004 and the NSW Government formally closed the line in October 2020.

To learn more and let us know your thoughts about how we can make the most of this new community resource, or to register your business interest, visit


See also Big Volcano Bushwalking, Bicycling and Horse Riding for Community groups, council resources and Bicycling Tours and Bicycle Hire directory for the Northern Rivers – Southern Gold Coast region.