Mt Warning Road and National Park reopens tomorrow

350 road flood jobs done, 1200 to go

Mt Warning Road has been made safe following the March 30 floods and will reopen to all motorists on Monday (29 May 2017) under stop/go traffic control.

The National Park will reopen from Monday as well.

korrumbynCrk_MtWarningRd_2142_M600Photo: Korrumbyn Creek, Mt Warning Road 2013.  J. Palmer 

Flood repair works on the road will continue for some time yet as only the critical safety repairs have been completed to date. At some time, the road may need to be closed again as additional repair work is scheduled.

Motorists are advised to watch for traffic controllers on Mt Warning Road and other Tweed roads as flood repair works continue. In particular, they are urged to take extra caution even after light rain as many roadside environs are still saturated and prone to slippage and rock falls in the wet.

“The road you travel on today may not be the same road tomorrow,” said Manager Infrastructure Delivery Tim Mackney. “Please expect the unexpected, especially after rain.”

Council’s road network sustained considerable damage in the floods, with more than 1500 individual road and bridge defects identified. To date, Council staff and contractors have completed around 350 of the simpler and most urgent repairs.

Council is engaging more contractors to help continue the flood restoration works as Council staff must begin to return to Council’s normal program of construction works.

“Realistically, it will be 12 months before we have most of the damage fixed,” said Mr Mackney. “Some more complicated or lower-priority jobs may take up to three years before they can be scheduled and completed.

“We ask Tweed motorists to be patient as we work through this significant list.”

Repairs are prioritised based on a number of factors, including safety.

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

See also WOLLUMBIN (MOUNT WARNING) NATIONAL PARK and Mount Warning Climb – The Big Climb.

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.

Fire safety information after floods

Saturday 8 April, 2017

Fire safety information after floods

Warnings on hidden dangers of water-affected appliances

Residents affected by flooding are being reminded to take precautions to avoid potential fire and chemical hazards as the community recovers.

While fire may be the last thing on people’s minds following the recent flood event there are a number of things people need to be aware of as they clean up in order to avoid the potential for further tragedy.

Most of these hazards involve electrical supply and appliances – the key safety point are:

  • Any electrical appliances including washing machines and refrigerators which have been in contact with water must be inspected by a qualified electrician before using them again.

  • Another potential danger is solar panels which are continuing to generate live power while power points have been affected by water.

  • Solar panels need to be isolated using the main isolation switch, keeping in mind this means cabling between the panels and switch is still live during daylight hours and may be in contact with damaged roof beams.

  • Again the system needs to be checked by an electrician before being turned back on.

  • While faulty appliances and electrical systems pose direct danger further risk can be incurred by people who are trying to do the right thing and find alternatives to meet their needs.

  • Using barbecues or LPG camp stoves rather than appliances which have been underwater is a good option but don’t bring them indoors as they emit poisonous carbon monoxide.

  • Anyone with stored chemicals and fuels should also take extra safety precautions and handle them using recommended safety equipment if they have been water affected.

If your have any doubt or concern about handling chemicals please call the SES incident number on 132 500 and someone from the fire service will respond to your inquiry.

For further information about disposal of waste or Council services including contacts, updates and disaster assistance links visit www.tweed.nsw.gov.au or call (02) 6670 2400.

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