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Tweed Shire declared natural disaster area

As a result of the multiple small landslides and road damage from the continuing rain and flooding Tweed Shire has been declared a natural disaster area by the Federal government.

While we have many roads affected by water and several closed, we are not yet in a position to understand the full damage as this event is still unfolding,’ manager roads and stormwater Danny Rose said.

This declaration provides Council with access to disaster assistance funding under the jointly funded Commonwealth-State Disaster Recovery Funding Arrangements (DRFA) to repair essential public infrastructure damaged by flooding.

Extra care needed

The roadworks section of Kyogle Road at Bray Park is very rough due to the rain on the exposed surface. Extra care is needed there.

The left-hand lane of Leisure Drive/Darlington Drive roundabout at Banora Point is closed (south-western corner) and will remain closed for several days due to a sewer manhole collapse undermining the road.

‘We are constantly updating https://www.myroadinfo.com.au as we verify road conditions and while that information is not real-time it is as up to date as we can get, as we do need to confirm conditions before we publish closure and hazard information,’ said Mr Rose.

‘At these times all motorists should drive expecting water, fallen trees and possible landslips to be on the road – any and every road. They should put their lights on, slow down and extend the safe travelling distance behind the car in front.

‘Accidents from careless driving will make the traffic conditions worse, so please drive to conditions.’

Rubbish collection

Bin services are being impacted today by road closures and the wet weather. If you and your neighbours haven’t had your bin emptied, there is no need to ring Council and report it. Solo will resume collections in these areas when they are able to do so. Please leave your bins out for collection.

For the latest information on road closures and hazards visit the Tweed Emergency Dashboard  https://emergency.tweed.nsw.gov.au (which links through to MyRoadInfo as well as a range of other useful information and links such as weather warnings, river heights and rainfall). 


4 responses to “Tweed Shire declared natural disaster area”

  1. Wanderer says:

    Thank you.
    Now to be entertained by the entitled whingers who feel everything is councils’ fault.

  2. Matthew says:

    The Tweed should have been declared a disaster zone about 30 years ago !

  3. Su Lee says:

    Maybe now you can actually fix the mess that is Tweed Valley Way. Water sits in the centre of the road and gets dumped onto incoming cars – time to grade the road properly so that water actually runs off the road to both sides. This will probably help keep the road surface from breaking up every time there is an event like this. The various attempts to patch it all up since Debbie have been woeful.

  4. Independent Richmond says:

    Well done to everyone getting out there and pulling their sleeves up….great sense of community when we get stuck in and get results….amazing what we achieve…

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