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.  

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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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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.)

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.

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.