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


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

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

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


NSW Government Department of Industry

Nimbin Transfer Station upgrade makes recycling easier

This was originally published on 29/4/16, so the finishing touches have probably all been completed by now.

News Release:

There may be a few finishing touches to go, but the bulk of the Nimbin Transfer Station upgrade is complete, with a new drop-off area for waste and recycling.

Where it was previously messy and difficult to lift items into the skips, locals can now drive onto an elevated platform to quickly and easily place items in the three skips provided.

Council’s Waste Operations Coordinator Kevin Trustum said the upgrade also includes new security fencing and a new gatehouse, improved roads and better amenities. He said this work is still underway and urged residents to follow traffic control when on-site.

“We ask people to please be aware that the way you enter and exit the facility has changed, so just be mindful of this when you next visit,” Kevin said.

“The Nimbin Transfer Station was looking very old and tired, and was not up to today’s safety standards. These simple but essential works have made the facility a much more convenient and pleasant place for locals to visit.”

The Nimbin Transfer Station is open Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday from 9am to 3pm.

Courtesy: Lismore City Council Media
Originally published 29/4/16
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Lismore City Council acknowledges the people of the Bundjalung Nation, traditional custodians of the land on which we work.

Lismore Australia Day Awards 2016

Jodie McRae, a cancer survivor and founder of local charity Jodie’s Inspiration, has been named Lismore’s 2016 Australia Day Citizen of the Year.


Image: Lismore’s 2016 Australia Day Citizen of the Year, Jodie McRae.

Jodie was diagnosed with a rare form of breast cancer in 2013 and after being given the all-clear, was diagnosed with secondary cancer in 2014. The mother of two and local business owner channelled her energy into establishing Jodie’s Inspiration, which in six short months has raised $105,000 for new medical equipment at Lismore’s oncology units.

“I am truly thrilled to name Jodie the Citizen of the Year,” Lismore Mayor Jenny Dowell said.

“Jodie’s Inspiration is the name of the charity Jodie founded but those who know this amazing woman also know that Jodie is an inspiration to many people in everything she does and in her attitude to life. Jodi’s motto is ‘Live Life Large’. That’s what she does every day and it is most fitting that Jodie is Lismore’s 2016 Australia Day Citizen of the Year.”

Jodie, who was in Sydney and unable to attend the ceremony, said she was taken aback to be awarded the top Australia Day honour.  “I was blown away… it’s just awesome. Best thing ever!” she said.

“There are so many people out there doing such a great things for our community, and you never expect something like this to be given to you. I’m so passionate about Lismore and the whole community, because it’s given me so much. My input is minimal compared to what I see other people doing.

“The generosity and the kindness of people in Lismore – people who expect nothing and will go out of their way to help you – is truly amazing.  “Just the other night I had dinner out with my niece and nephew, and I went to pay the bill and it had already been paid!  It took me a week to work out who it was!

But I feel like you don’t get that everywhere; it’s something unique about the Northern Rivers. It’s such a close-knit community.”

Other Australia Day Award winners were:

Aboriginal Citizen of the Year: Thelma James
Thelma has been chairperson of the Lismore Reconciliation Committee for over 10 years, and gives strong support to other committees for reconciliation. Thelma is involved in many community projects such as the Banyam Baigham Landcare Group in North Lismore, Rous Water’s ‘Reconnecting to Country’, Sorry Day and NAIDOC Week. She is described as an inspiration, and a patient and good listener who represents the Bundjalung people with dignity and pride.

Young Citizen of the Year: Holley Somerville-Knott
Holley is the CEO and founder of the Stardust Foundation charity and a songwriter who hopes to inspire solutions to social justice. Holley is a speaker for the United Nations and was recipient of the inaugural Young Sustainability Champion Award at the Green Globe Awards in 2014. Holley is creating a comic book to inspire others to be compassionate and kind.

Sustainable Environment: Judi Emmett
Judi is secretary of the Keerrong Gas Squad, an active member of Gasfield Free Northern Rivers, and gatekeeper of Lock the Gate. As part of the anti-CSG movement, Judi organised marches, stickers, bumper stickers, pamphlets and a host of other merchandise.

Art and Culture: Amber Gooley
Amber is a volunteer with Northern Rivers Performing Arts (NORPA). She is also a tireless volunteer for LightnUp Inc. She is described as an effective and efficient administrator and a reliable, kind, honest and trustworthy person.

Services in Community (Individual): Ross McDougall
Ross started the Dunoon Men’s Shed. He formed a small team and energised the group to make the project work. Ross is also captain of the local fire brigade and puts in time and effort to improve the local community.

Services in Community (Group): LightnUp Inc
LightnUp Inc is a community-based arts organisation in Lismore. It provides individuals, artists, volunteers and community members with the opportunity to create artwork inspired by light and shadow. The group conducts workshops for school groups, people with disability, disadvantaged and isolated people. Programs provide employment and support people with disability, youth, the aged and migrants.

Junior Sportsperson: Keea Parrish
Keea has been selected as team and tour captain in the Under 16 Australian Futsal team to tour Brazil. At 15 she was selected to play in a Premier Division team, was the Golden Boot winner in 2015, and is the youngest student to play open girls soccer for Trinity Catholic College. She is also a zone, regional and state representative in athletics.

Lismore City Council Media Release. Published 27th January 2016. (Links inserted by Big Volcano Tourism)