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The flood information evening held in Burringbar last Tuesday 9 May was a great success according to one organiser Eva Heath.

‘We had about 50 people attend the meeting which is a great turn out for a small community like this,’ she said.

Issues ranging from the M1 contributing to flooding and clearing waterways to resolving disputes with insurance companies were covered.

They are pleased to announce that the Burringbar district has been included in the second round application for category C funding that the NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian recently signed off for submission to the Federal government.

Issues ranging from the M1 contributing to flooding and clearing waterways to resolving disputes with insurance companies were covered at the meeting.

A subsequent meeting has been announced for Monday 29 May, 6pm at the Burringbar School of Arts Hall. Called by the NSW SES the forum will cover the Burringbar, Mooball, Stokers Siding and Crabbes Creek area. The SES is aiming to build an accurate picture of each community’s experiences and perspectives during the recent flood events; discuss ways that we can work with communities to continue to improve your preparation and future response and recovery to disaster events.

The roads and maritime authority (RMS) have been invited to attend and residents will have the opportunity to voice their concerns regarding the impact of the M1.

‘The M1 has effectively created a dam splitting the flood plain,’ said Eva.

‘This was raised with the then RTA when the highway was being constructed but warnings from “old locals” were ignored and now the warnings have come to fruition.’

Tweed Shire Council, Bureau of Meteorology, NSW SES Richmond Tweed Region, NSW SES Murwillumbah Unit and Crisis Ready will also be attending this meeting.


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