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 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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To view Tweed Shire Council media releases online visit http://www.tweed.nsw.gov.au/MediaCentre/MediaCentre.aspx