13.2 C
Byron Shire
August 20, 2022

Lismore’s latest flood fighting asset arrives

Latest News

A matter of the commons

Michael Balson (Letters 3 August) writing about the Commons, has tried to place his interpretation on matters of...

Other News

Curved-space robot defies known laws of physics, heralding new locomotive technology possibilities

A robot engineered at Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech) has done the unthinkable and flouted a steadfast law of motion, suggesting that new laws need to be defined.

Mirabelle’s game 

A magical quest is taking place in Lismore Quad from August 15–23. Deep underground, right beneath the town (and...

Concerns mount for Epiq Superlot 5

Submissions have closed on the controversial change of development plan for the large block at the corner of Snapper and Montwood Drive in Lennox Head, with Ballina Shire Council, Ballina MP Tamara Smith and local councillor Kiri Dicker all opposed.

Mental health explored at Ballina symposium

250 people attended the first free Community Mental Health Symposium last Thursday at Ballina RSL, with a range of expert speakers from various organisations explaining the dimensions of the problem and how best to move forward.

Some truths

In answer to David Lisle’s letter – Backlash Echo Aug 3, 2022. Our rail corridor was only ‘disused’ because of...

China’s prapoganda

In light of Chinese Ambassador to Australia Xiao Qian’s inflammatory comments the other day at the National Press Club...

The NSW State Emergency Service’s first custom-built High Clearance Vehicle, known as a Unimog, has arrived at its new permanent home of Lismore.

Minister for Emergency Services Steph Cooke said the Unimog was one of six to be acquired by the State Emergency Service (SES) as part of a $4.6 million investment.

A Unimog truck similar to the one which has arrived in Lismore. Image: MotorTrend

‘These specialist trucks have the ability to operate in 1.2 metres of water and can also serve as a mobile communications hub, making them a real asset during flood operations,’ Ms Cooke said.

‘SES volunteers in Lismore were on the front line of the February-March flood event and are the first Unit in the State to permanently host this asset, boosting their capability when communities in the Northern Rivers face flooding.

‘By acquiring these six new Unimogs the NSW Government is ensuring the SES boasts the most capable and advanced fleet of flood operations vehicles in Australia.’

SES Commissioner Carlene York said of the six Unimogs being added to the SES fleet, three vehicles are being custom-built while three have been supplied by the Australian Defence Force (ADF).

‘The ADF Unimogs were utilised during the Northern Rivers floods earlier this year and have already proven to be life-saving. To build further capability in this particular area, which has just suffered the most devastating floods the community has ever seen, is very important,’ Commissioner York said.

Lismore City Unit Commander Lacy Loloa said volunteers are very excited to be the first Unit in NSW to permanently house a Unimog.

‘We look forward to further enhancing our flood rescue capabilities with this new asset. This will be a huge help when we’re called to assist the local community once again in a time of need,’ Ms Loloa said.

Support The Echo

Keeping the community together and the community voice loud and clear is what The Echo is about. More than ever we need your help to keep this voice alive and thriving in the community.

Like all businesses we are struggling to keep food on the table of all our local and hard working journalists, artists, sales, delivery and drudges who keep the news coming out to you both in the newspaper and online. If you can spare a few dollars a week – or maybe more – we would appreciate all the support you are able to give to keep the voice of independent, local journalism alive.


  1. This type of vehicle was actually in the local area before & during the last historic floods.
    Parked in neat rows at our local Army Reserve depots !
    It is galling that none were operating just when they were needed most ?
    Perhaps it’s another case of bureaucratic/be-medalled thinking [similar to them decrying our private ‘tinny-heroes’] and yet another gross under-utilisation of existing local resources in such a dire emergency?
    High-publicity catch-up after the event is never sound emergency planning.

  2. I suppose these are intended to replace the $500,000 Truck that Woodburn had taken deliver of , but neglected to use or move, and so, was unaccountably lost to the flood-waters , proving once and for-all, funding is no match for incompetence.
    Cheers, G”)

  3. Quote:
    ‘These specialist trucks have the ability to operate in 1.2 metres of water and can also serve as a mobile communications hub, making them a real asset during flood operations,’ Ms Cooke said.

    A real asset during a flood..
    I would hate to break it to Ms Cooke..but the real asset at the height of the flood were the tinnies and jet skis….and the many persons who risked their lives to do this.
    They operated in depths greater than 1.2 meters and did it time and time again..
    So I think Ms Cooke and Co will have to go back to the drawing board.
    I think here is one for them to contemplate, work on and seriously consider for future floods.
    How to harness, utilise and direct in a moderate safe manor the many “willing civilians” in conjunction with the NSW State Emergency Services in a flexible way so as to have “More Boots” on the ground when it is needed.

  4. I 100% agree with you, it was the volunteers in the tinnies & jetskis that saved our lives, & they were in well over 1.2meters. the ses wouldn’t even cross the river so how’s a bunch of vehicles sitting on the wrong side of the river going to help? They can’t.

  5. An aquatic vehicle that can operate in a flood level peaking over 14m is the most common sense vehicle with the same communication abilities. This wheeled vehicle would have disappeared with all on board in the last 2 floods…and if it didn’t it would be because they deemed it too risky to enter the water..it’s not a boat. Hence useless!

  6. I feel six $30 000 tonnes would would be a great help not six $750000 trucks that could be lost in a minute. Who would be capable of drive a truck into flood water 1.2m deep good luck


Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

Let there be energy-efficient LED light

The shorter days and winter nights make after-work sport difficult for those wanting to keep fit, so the addition of LED lighting to local sports clubs allowing playing hours to be extended into the night is very welcome.

Community Sleepout to raise funds for Vinnies tonight

The 2022 NSW Vinnies Community Sleepout is this week with participants across the state braving the cold to raise vital funds and awareness in support of local services provided by the St Vincent de Paul Society.

Toddlers take note: Ross Park is ready for play! 

A much anticipated recreational area of Lennox Head has finally reopened after months of being a no-go zone for the toddlers of the town. The new-look Ross Park in the centre of the village is officially open and ready for play! 

Bundjalung stories on Country

As first peoples we have an inherited birthright and a deep responsibility to try, as much as possible, to tread lightly on Country and read Country.