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May 20, 2022

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The floods are leaving people homeless and families split

There was a housing crisis on the Northern Rivers, then we had the floods of 2022 and the issue has left increasing numbers of people homeless and struggling to find alternative accommodation.

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Homelessness hub under immense pressure

A new homelessness hub in Byron Bay has been so inundated with requests for help, that the service already needs additional staff to meet the demand.

Richmond candidates strut their stuff

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Gameau’s Regenerating Australia screens May 20

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Election 2022

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Be ready for the next storm

A Household Emergency Plan is vital in ensuring you and your family know what to do during and after a severe storm.

Every member of your household should be involved in developing your Home Emergency Plan, discussing things such as how a severe storm could impact on your home, the location of exit points in the house, where to go if you need to evacuate, and how to stay in contact if you’re separated from each other.

Talk to your neighbours about emergency action plans to ensure people get the help they need before, during and after severe storms.

EmergencyKit-shutterstock_62356906An Emergency Kit contains essential items that you and other members of your household may need during and after a severe storm. Your emergency kit should be able to sustain you for at least three days in case essential services have been disrupted or you have been isolated by floodwater.

The following basic items should be included in your Home Emergency Kit: Portable radio (with batteries or wind-up); torch (with batteries or wind-up); first aid kit; sturdy gloves; important documents and cash in waterproof bags; essential medication; and drinking water and non-perishable food for three days.

Keep your kit in a waterproof box and store it in an easy to access location. Check your Home Emergency Kit regularly and re-stock any out-of-date items.

There are also simple things you can do to minimise the impact of storms on your home and surrounding property.

Check your roof regularly to make sure it’s in good condition. Keep gutters, downpipes and drains clear.

Remove tree branches that are close to your house. Fix any corrosion, loose fittings and rotting or termite-affected timber. Secure loose items around your property.

Ensure your home, contents and car insurance is adequate and current. Identify the safest room in which to shelter during a storm.

Learn how to safely turn off your power, water and gas. Keep water containers, a camping stove and fuel safely on-hand.

If you live in a flood-prone area, store poisons and garden chemicals well above ground level. Identify indoor items you’ll need to raise or empty if flood threatens. Relocate power points well above previous flood levels.

Important: do not use portable generators in enclosed spaces. They produce carbon monoxide – a colourless and odourless gas that can cause incapacitation or death.

– Sourced from Queensland SES. Get more advice from http://www.stormwise.com.au.



Richmond candidates 2022: Informed Medical Options Party candidate Monica Shepherd

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Storylines – Stop the rot and take action

Having spent a long time reflecting on the last 13 weeks since the floods devastated our region, many important issues have come to my attention – loss of homes, possessions, safety, schools suspended from flooding, chaos, death, loss of animals, extreme anxiety and desperation, and so much more.

Review of community response called for as challenges recognised

Local community members stepped forward to help coordinate and respond to the disaster; from people getting into boats and kayaks recusing strangers in Lismore to coordinating local response hubs in the hinterland and local towns. But it wasn't all a bed of roses.

$17m in funds for work on crown lands in NSW

If you are involved in managing crown reserve land and facilities then now is the time to get that application in for a share of the $17 million that is available fro the 2022-3 funding round.