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.  

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
040617-flood-recovery (PDF)

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.