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Reflecting on the 2022 flood in Murwillumbah

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It is the anniversary of the February 2022 flood that devastated the Northern Rivers and South East Queensland. People died, lost their homes in floods and landslides and for many that trauma continues. 

Residents of Tweed Shire are being invited to come together to reflect on the flood, Mayor Chris Cherry will lead a symbolic ceremony in Murwillumbah to make peace with the river.

A minute’s silence

As part of a host of activities across the Tweed to bring the community together, there will be a minute’s silence held as part of the ceremony at Murwillumbah. Coming together from 11.30am at Skinner Lowes Wharf (beside the Coolamon Centre), Nicholl Park, 3–5 Tumbulgum Road, Murwillumbah people can reflect on the flood, and Mayor Chris Cherry will lead a symbolic ceremony in Murwillumbah to make peace with the river.

The event will see the Mayor and other community leaders mark the anniversary with a minute’s silence before casting flowers into the river, in a symbol of peace and hope for the future.

Residents are invited to join in the activity, with flowers provided for them. Refreshments will be served after the event, providing an opportunity for people to come together as part of the healing process.

12-month flood report

Prior to the ceremony, at  10.45 am, the Australian Red Cross will release the South East Queensland and Northern NSW 12-month flood report, which outlines the humanitarian support delivered by the organisation both during and post this flooding event.

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The report is being released in Murwillumbah where the Red Cross, together with Tweed Shire Council, is hosting a week-long Disaster Recovery of Personal Stories (DROP) event, where residents are encouraged to drop in and share their flood stories through the creation of an art installation throughout the week.


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