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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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.)

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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Tweed Shire Council post flood advisories

Here’s a summary of press releases from Thursday 6th and Wednesday 5th April, from Tweed Shire Council Newsroom regarding the floods last week.

Headline links go to the full release, or you can download the PDF.

Mosquito menace warning after floods

Mosquito menace warning after floods (PDF) The floods have created ideal conditions for mosquito breeding and Council is calling on residents to do their bit to reduce the impact by taking some simple precautions around their home.

See full press release for more details.

Free building inspections for flood affected homes
Free building inspections for flood affected homes (PDF)

Tweed Shire Council building surveyors will provide free inspections to flood affected properties to discuss any structural issues that may have occurred.

Inspections are on a priority basis and will assist with general information about rebuilding and construction that may be required within the flood zone.

See full press release for more details.

Cultural facilities open

Business as usual at many Council cultural facilities

The Tweed Regional Museum has opened its doors again after the weekend’s devastating floods.

Tweed Regional Museum, Murwillumbah is open Tuesday to Saturday 10am – 4pm and Tweed Regional Museum, Uki is open Wednesday and Thursday 10am to 3pm and Market Sunday (3rd Sunday of the month) 10am-1pm. Tweed Regional Museum, Tweed Heads remains closed for building work until July 2017. For more information visit http://museum.tweed.nsw.gov.au/

Richmond/Tweed Libraries have all three branches operating as normal.  For opening hours at Murwillumbah, Kingscliff and Tweed Heads visit http://www.rtrl.nsw.gov.au/. For more information on the upgrade at Tweed Heads branch visit www.tweed.nsw.gov.au/Library.

The Tweed Regional Gallery and Margaret Olley Art Centre and gallery café will reopen on Friday 7 April.  The Tweed Regional Gallery is open Wednesday to Sunday 10am to 5pm. For more information visit http://artgallery.tweed.nsw.gov.au/

Priority repair is make safe and get access for isolated communities
Priority repair is make safe and get access for isolated communities (PDF)

Council is continuing to prioritise temporary repairs to roads that are extremely dangerous or where communities are still isolated.

“We are working to get all isolated communities access by the weekend,” said Director Engineering David Oxenham. “But working conditions are difficult and on some of those roads through steep terrain the top and bottom sides are still saturated and more landslips are occurring.

See full press release for more details.

Recovery Centre for Murwillumbah established
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The Recovery Centre for Murwillumbah has been established. The centre is at the Murwillumbah Community Centre in Nullum Street, Murwillumbah.

The recovery centres opened in Lismore and Murwillumbah from 12 noon today and will be open from 9am – 6pm from Friday 7 April.

The centre provides a one stop shop for affected residents, businesses and farmers to access recovery assistance from a range of agencies and organisations.

See full press release for more details.

Boaties warned of hidden danger of the river
Boaties warned of hidden dangers of the river (PDF)

Boaties, jetskiers and paddlers heading for a weekend on the water are urged to take extra care as the floods will have changed the underwater landscape.

“Not only will there be a multitude of submerged objects and snags, the floods will also have moved the shoals and channels around,” said Director Community and Natural Resources Tracey Stinson.

See full press release for more details.

TRAC facilities to remain open free for public use
TRAC facilities to remain open free for public use

Shower facilities at Tweed Regional Aquatic Centre (TRAC) pools will remain open to the community free of charge for as long as is required following the recent flood emergency.

Facilities at Murwillumbah, Kingscliff and South Tweed Heads were opened to residents in need of hot showers who were unable to return to their homes and TRAC Supervisor Glenn Nott said this service would continue until further notice.

See full press release for more details.

Visit Tweed Shire Council Newsroom for more information.

Tweed Shire road closures

Wednesday 5 April, 2017

Nine roads cut or closed with some school bus services affected

Council prioritising repairs and urgent stabilisation work

Council is continuing to work today to repair damaged roads that are extremely dangerous or where communities are still isolated.

Council is working to keep the MyRoadsInfo site up to date but alternatively residents can find the latest list of road condition reports and closures on the Council website at http://www.tweed.nsw.gov.au/RoadWorks.

This is updated twice a day.

Council is advising heavy vehicle operators that Clothiers Creek Road between Norths Lane and Condor Place is reducing the weight limit applied to 4.5t due to slip damage to the road. Heavy vehicle operators need to use alternate routes which may have an impact on school bus services that use this road.

Today, Council has prioritised work on nine roads that are closed because they are too dangerous or impassable.

They are: Mt Warning, Tomewin, Manns, Couchy Creek, Dungay Creek, Palmvale, Porters, Solomons and Spring Valley roads.

The damage to some of these roads has small communities still isolated.

Council also is assessing the condition of Byrrill Creek Bridge to get a temporary repair as soon as possible. Any repair may still take three to four weeks.

Today Council also will be working on Piggabeen Road Bridge No 155 (timber bridge) to effect temporary repairs.

Priority roads are being washed free of mud and dirt once waters have receded sufficiently, including Tweed Valley Way and Bartletts Road which are carrying heavy traffic taking loads of rubbish and flood debris to the tip at Stotts Creek.

Today Council is closing Riverside Drive, Tumbulgum, to emergency services vehicles and local residents only, as heavy flows of sight-seeing traffic is hampering efforts to clean Tumbulgum, and for Council’s Water and Wastewater Unit to access properties to get the entire sewerage system cleared of blockages and operational.

“The information we are providing is the best source of truth we have but in emergency situations where access is difficult and, given that Council lost 90 per cent of its own fleet, our information may not be complete,” said Director Engineering David Oxenham.

“Residents can contact Council on 6670 2400 to report any major road damage not listed below but we ask you not to report portholes or minor damage at this stage.

“Over the coming weeks, our crews will get out on every road and assess the damage to compile our program of works to repair.”

To view the full list of updated road closures please visit: http://www.tweed.nsw.gov.au/RoadWorks.

This is updated twice a day.

Wednesday 5 April, 2017

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Tweed Draft Community Strategic Plan on display

‘Living and Loving the Tweed’

Draft Community Strategic Plan goes on public exhibition

On public exhibition for community comment from 2nd January 2017 to 25th February 2017, ‘Living and Loving the Tweed’ is the theme of Council’s Draft Community Strategic Plan 2017-2027.

The primary purpose of the plan is to document the community’s priorities for the next decade and to define Council’s related goals, strategies and targets.

Mayor of Tweed, Councillor Katie Milne, said a comprehensive community engagement process over the 58 days of public exhibition will provide a variety of ways for people to learn more about this important Community Strategic Plan and provide further input.

“This plan aims to set out the community’s vision and Council’s commitment for the Tweed for the next 10 years,” she said.  “A lot of people are doing it tough and our environment is suffering too. The most effective strategies need to be identified so we can all flourish with our limited resources.

“We must urgently progress the opportunities of a better, fairer and more creative, clean, green future that is essential now more than ever with climate change. It’s imperative we get our priorities right so our future communities benefit rather than be left more vulnerable.

“The draft plan has been shaped by thousands of initial contributions and conversations from the community; through our shire-wide survey and many community engagement events.

“It’s important the whole spectrum of the community is represented in this plan and particularly in this final public exhibition period, so please have your say,” she said.

A series of community engagement events are across the Tweed this month to take the discussion out into the community.

A final version of the Community Strategic Plan will be adopted in mid-2017, accompanied by a delivery program which outlines the projects to be undertaken to achieve the plan’s broader visions.

To view the Draft Community Strategic Plan and for information on making a submission please visit http://www.tweed.nsw.gov.au/OnExhibition

For further background on the project, community engagement activities and the related ‘Tweed the Future is Ours’ initiative, please visit: http://yoursaytweed.com.au/ttfio
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