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An aerial view of Chinderah taken in the immediate aftermath of the flood on 28 February 2022. Photo supplied.

With an estimated 500 homes lost in the Tweed so far, new community recovery centre has opened at Chinderah, providing additional support to residents impacted by the recent flooding.

Located at the Seventh Day Adventist Church at Phillip St, Chinderah, the centre has been set up with the support of Resilience NSW and Tweed Shire Council. The centre will provide additional face-to-face support for the many frail and elderly residents of the area, particularly those who reside in residential caravan parks along the riverfront at Chinderah and which were inundated by floodwaters.

The Chinderah Recovery Centre will support the main recovery centre at Murwillumbah Civic Centre, and includes Service Australia, Service NSW, The Department of Communities and Justice and Tweed Shire Council. Residents will have the option to be transported by bus to Murwillumbah to access additional services if required.

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Council waste contractor SEE Civil clearing up some of the flood debris outside a residential caravan park along Chinderah Bay Drive at Chinderah. Photo supplied

Mayor of Tweed Shire Chris Cherry said that Council is about one third of the way through their cleanup and are prioritising that at the moment. ‘We know what a toll the piles of flood debris have on peoples mental state. We need to see things getting back to normal. Those piles represent peoples lifetime of collected possessions and there is so much trauma associated with them, so the sooner we can move them and clean the streets the quicker we can get on to the process of healing.

Cr Cherry said right across the community you can see that the adrenaline has faded and residents are left with the reality of housing so many displaced people and rebuilding. ‘I am urging everyone that has not yet registered at the Recovery Centres and accessed help with both the Centrelink payments and temporary accommodation to do so. It is only when we do that that the Federal government can recognise the scale and depth of the issue we have here in Tweed and Byron.’

News of the additional recovery centre comes as the scale of the disaster in the Tweed continues to unfold. Of the 3,940 homes assessed by agencies in the Shire to date, more than 2,100 buildings have been found to have suffered damage in the flood. A total of 498 dwellings have been declared uninhabitable, with this number expected to rise as assessments continue.

Sheer enormity difficult to comprehend

Cr Chris Cherry will serve as Mayor until September 2023.

Cr Cherry said the sheer enormity of the damage to residents’ homes was difficult to comprehend. ‘The Tweed was experiencing a housing crisis before the flood – this just adds to the severity of the situation. Council is meeting with regional and national recovery coordinators to press the urgency of the situation for people in need of housing. We are doing everything we can to assist people to get back into their homes if at all possible.’

The Australian Defence Force has increased its presence in the Tweed and is working with residents and Council to expedite the flood clean-up. Anyone who requires assistance can lodge their request by contacting Council’s Contact Centre on 02 6670 2400 or online via the Tweed Emergency Dashboard.

The Murwillumbah Recovery Centre is open 7 days a week, from 9 am to 5 pm each day. The Chinderah Recovery Centre will be open Monday to Friday from 9 am to 5 pm.

Services on offer at the Murwillumbah Recovery Centre include mental health support, chaplaincy, Resilience NSW, Service NSW (all services), Centrelink, Department of Communities and Justice (Housing), Department of Primary Industries and Local Land Services, all major insurers, Legal Aid NSW, Red Cross, the National Recovery and Resilience Agency and Services Australia.

Available services at the Murwillumbah Recovery Centre are updated daily on Council’s website.

For a daily update on how and where to help, visit the Tweed Emergency Dashboard and press the Recovery tab.

Follow Council’s social media channels including Facebook for daily updates and visit the Tweed Emergency Dashboard for more information, including road closures and hazards (My Roads Info).

For more information on Recovery Centres in NSW and for any other flood-related support, visit Service NSW floods or call Service NSW on 13 77 88.

 


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  1. scomo didn’t get the memo with the image attached, obviously the flooding in the tweed lga wassn’t serious enough

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