LISMORE DISASTER RECOVERY UPDATES




THE LATEST UPDATES
Welcome to our Disaster Recovery Updates. Lismore City Council is dedicated to Lismore's recovery. 

Below is the latest news in date order.

UPDATES BETWEEN FEBRUARY 28 TO MARCH 17
Council has archived the updates that occured during and just after the flood event. For all news we issued from February 28 to March 17, please click HERE.

Below is the latest news items in date order. If you need business support, latest road closures, donate to the Lismore Flood Fund and much more, click HERE.

 

Wednesday 5.30am OVERTOPPING OF THE LISMORE LEVEE LIKELY WEDNESDAY MORNING

Wed, 30 Mar 2022 Category: Weather Updates

The Wilsons River at Lismore (AHD) is likely to exceed 10.60 metres 08:00 am Wednesday with major flooding. Further rises possible in the afternoon.
Intense rainfall rates are expected to persist over the next several hours as a low pressure system moves slowly to the south and west. Renewed river level rises are expected during Wednesday with bands of heavy rain affecting the Wilsons River catchment.
The Wilsons River at Lismore to overtop the levee this morning, with further rises in the afternoon possible. The Wilsons River at Woodlawn and Leycester Creek at Tuncester are still rising and peak predictions at Lismore will be made after upstream peaks are observed.

3.30am Wednesday EVACUATE NOW LISMORE CBD, LISMORE BASIN AND LOW-LYING AREAS OF EAST LISMORE AND GIRARDS HILL

Wed, 30 Mar 2022 Category: Weather Updates

NSW SES is directing people within these areas to evacuate the high danger area via New Ballina Road, Bruxner Highway and Dalley Street.
Flash flooding in the CBD as a result of heavy rainfall has inundated roads. Residents should evacuate now, prior to the closure of further roads. If water continues to rise, it may be too unsafe to leave.
The areas affected are:
??Dawson Street
??Parkes Street
?? Hayward Street
?? Allen Street
?? James Street
?? Anstey Street
?? Cathcart Street
?? Esyth Street
?? Goshmer Street
?? Elton Street
?? Esmonde Street
?? Darsham Street
?? Keen Street
?? Hutley Place
?? Gerard Street
?? Barrie Street
?? Shannon Street
Once flood water begins inundating the area road access water, sewerage, power, phones and internet may be lost.
Wherever possible, people should go and stay with family or friends, or make other accommodation arrangements. If you are unable to, an evacuation centre has been set up at the following.
?? Southern Cross University, Military Road, Lismore

2am Wednesday FLOOD EVACUATION WARNING FOR LISMORE CBD, EAST LISMORE AND GIRARDS HILL

Wed, 30 Mar 2022 Category: Weather Updates

The SES have issued a Flood Evacuation Warning.
Renewed river level rises are occurring along the Wilsons River at Lismore where river levels may reach major level in the early hours of Wednesday 30 March 2022.
The river level may reach the major flood level of 10.5m Wednesday afternoon.
As a result, residents and visitors to these areas should take action now to prepare for possible flood impacts.
NSW SES is advising residents in low lying areas of the following locations that they may need to evacuate due to rising flood water.
These areas include:
• Lismore CBD
• Lismore Basin
• Low-lying areas of East Lismore
• Girards Hill
Low lying properties may experience impacts due to flash flooding and/or riverine flooding.
Storm and flood impacts may interrupt essential services such as electricity, phones, internet, water and sewerage.
People in these areas need to closely monitor weather and road closures and make informed decisions early based on individual circumstances.
Residents should monitor the situation and be prepared to evacuate when instructed to do so.
A Flood Evacuation Order will be issued by the NSW SES if and when evacuations are required.
Where to go if Evacuation is required: Wherever possible, people should go and stay with family or friends, or make other accommodation arrangements. If you are unable to, an evacuation centre has been set up at the following.
• Southern Cross University, Military Road, Lismore

SAFE TO RETURN LISMORE CBD LISMORE BASIN AND LOW LYING AREAS OF EAST LISMORE AND GIRARDS HILL

Tue, 29 Mar 2022 Category: Weather Updates

The NSW SES advises you may now return safely with caution to the following area(s):

??Lismore CBD
??Lismore Basin
??Low-lying areas of East Lismore
??Girards Hill

Flood levels have dropped but you should take care when returning to the area as flood damage can be widespread and utilities may not be in service.

Evacuation Orders remain current and in place for North Lismore and South Lismore.

FLOOD EVACUATION ORDER LISMORE CBD LISMORE BASIN AND LOW LYING AREAS OF EAST LISMORE AND GIRARDS HILL

Tue, 29 Mar 2022 Category: Weather Updates

NSW SES is directing people within these areas to evacuate the high danger area via New Ballina Road, Bruxner Highway and Dalley Street.

Once floodwater passes 10.4 metres on the Rowing Club gauge at Lismore roads will begin to close.

The areas affected are:

• Dawson Street
• Parkes Street
• Hayward Street
• Allen Street
• James Street
• Anstey Street
• Cathcart Street
• Esyth Street
• Goshmer Street
• Elton Street
• Esmonde Street
• Darsham Street
• Keen Street
• Hutley Place
• Gerard Street
• Barrie Street
• Shannon Street

Note: Order affected by Leycester Creek - LEVEE can OVERTOP from 10.4 - 10.6m.

Once flood water begins inundating the area road access, water, sewerage, power, phones and internet may be lost. If you remain in the area you will be trapped and it may be too dangerous for SES to rescue you.

Wherever possible, people should go and stay with family or friends, or make other accommodation arrangements. If you are unable to, an evacuation centre has been set up at the following.

• Southern Cross University, Military Road, Lismore

FLOOD LEVEE AND PUMPS UPDATE 11am Tuesday

Tue, 29 Mar 2022 Category: Weather Updates

With the expected high rainfall and possible moderate to major flooding today, Council wants to reassure our community about the status of the levee and pumps.

As the river height has now reached 5.2m and rising, the last remaining levee gate at Browns Creek has now been shut as per normal procedure. This means that all flood levee gates are now closed.

The February flood event caused damage to the Browns Creek pump station which then had interim repairs completed and is now operational. The two pumps at Browns Creek started to work as per normal procedure when the river reached 5.2m this morning.

Council has hired two large pumps and these have been deployed to the Gas Works Creek pump station (attached pictures) which are now operational and working as intended.

Unfortunately Council has been unable to install any replacement pumps at the Hollingsworth Creek pump station due to limited access and the risk of becoming isolated as the river rises. This means that roads in the South Lismore area may be cut earlier than normal and residents should factor this into their planning.

We will update you on this as more information comes to hand.

Council staff are on standby as always to respond and assist our community.

Stay safe everyone and never drive or walk-through floodwaters.

POSSIBLE FLASH FLOODING

Tue, 29 Mar 2022 Category: Weather Updates

Now that the Browns Creek and all other levee gates are now closed, there is the potential for flash flooding within the CBD basin, particularly in low lying areas such as Dawson and Uralba streets.

Stay Safe and never drive or walk through flood waters.

KERBSIDE COLLECTION UPDATE EXPECT DELAYS

Tue, 29 Mar 2022 Category: Waste and Clean Up

Due to the current weather event, Lismore City Council is asking our community to be patient with their scheduled kerbside bin collections due to a shortage of staff availability.

The weather event has caused staff shortages which will result in delays of scheduled collections and Council is asking for residents to please leave their bins out as per normal.

Council is committed to the collection of kerbside bins as soon as possible, however if your bin is missed, please leave it out until our waste truck drivers are available for collection.

In the meantime, stay safe and never walk or drive through flood waters.

DISTRIBUTION CENTRE CLOSED and NON TOXIC MOULD REMOVAL NOT AVAILABLE

Tue, 29 Mar 2022 Category: Community Service

Due to the current weather event, and the Evacuation Order for North and South Lismore, the Distribution Centre at the Lismore Showgrounds is closed until further notice.

Lifeline Northern NSW who are managing the Distribution Centre advises that they require time to re-establish the setup of items once the current weather event subsides and are asking the community for patience with the re-opening date.

Also, the Natroshield free non-toxic sanitiser which is being distributed by a giant tanker truck to residents of Lismore will be halted until the weather event subsides.

The truck which was parked at the Lismore Shopping Square has relocated for safety purposes.

Lismore Square teamed up with their eco clean-up partners, Natroshield, to distribute non-toxic sanitiser to residents. We will update the community when the free Natroshield Flood Sanitiser returns.

NIMBIN TRANSFER STATION CLOSED

Tue, 29 Mar 2022 Category: Waste and Clean Up

Due to the current weather event, the Nimbin Transfer Station is closed today.

Council is hopeful that as soon as the weather event passes, the Transfer Station can re-open in the coming days. We will keep the community updated.

In the meantime, stay safe and never walk or drive through flood waters.

FLOOD WARNING 4 at 8 30am Tuesday

Tue, 29 Mar 2022 Category: Weather Updates

MODERATE TO MAJOR FLOODING LIKELY AT LISMORE TUESDAY MORNING

RIVER LEVELS NEAR THE HEIGHT OF THE LISMORE LEVEE POSSIBLE ON TUESDAY AFTERNOON

Major flooding may occur along the Wilsons River at Lismore.

The Wilsons River at Lismore is likely to exceed the moderate flood level (7.20 m) around 11:00 am Tuesday. The river level may exceed the major flood level (9.70 m) around 02:00 pm Tuesday and may reach around 10.60 metres late Tuesday afternoon, with further rises possible.

Heavy rainfall across the catchment of the Wilsons River overnight Monday into Tuesday has caused rapid river level rises in the tributaries upstream of Lismore. Further rainfall is forecast for the remainder of Tuesday and Wednesday. If the rainfall continues to intensify during Tuesday, major flooding may occur Tuesday Morning with levels reaching near the Lismore Levee Height (10.60 m) Tuesday afternoon. Levels are expected to remain below those experienced in late February 2022.

FLOOD EVACUATION WARNING FOR LISMORE CBD, EAST LISMORE AND GIRARDS HILL

Mon, 28 Mar 2022 Category: Evacuation

This is for residents and visitors to these areas to start taking action now to prepare for possible flood impacts and evacuation.

The Bureau of Meteorology is predicting possible flooding along the Wilson River for the Lismore CBD Basin, and the low lying parts of East Lismore and Girards Hill and surrounding areas.

NSW SES is advising residents in low lying areas of the following locations that they may need to evacuation due to rising flood water. These areas include:

• The Lismore Tourist Caravan Park and adjacent businesses along Dawson Street
• Businesses in the in the Lower Lismore CBD Basin areas of Dawson Street, Woodlark Street and Larkin Lane Lismore and Brewster St
• The low lying properties near the Ballina Road and Keen Street intersection, and the low lying areas around East Lismore and Girards Hill

Low lying properties may experience impacts due to flash flooding and/or riverine flooding.

FLOOD EVACUATION ORDER FOR NORTH AND SOUTH LISMORE

Mon, 28 Mar 2022 Category: Evacuation

NSW SES is directing people within North Lismore and South Lismore to evacuate the high danger area by 10pm tonight via Union Street and the Bruxner Highway.

Once floodwater passes 9.15 metres on the Rowing Club gauge at North Lismore, and 8.84 metres on the Rowing Club Gauge at South Lismore, roads will begin to close.

??The areas affected in North Lismore are:

Alexandra Parade, Winterton Parade. Tweed Street, Arthur Street, Pitt Street, Bridge Street, Slater Street, Flick Street, Wotherspoon Street, Baillie Street, Exton Street, Terania Street, Currie Street, Boorie Street, Bray Street, Peate Street, Lake Street, Hallam Street, Gibbon Street and Macaulay Streets.
Also South Lismore streets bounded by Terania Street, Casino Road, Union Street and Wilson Street.

??The areas affected in South Lismore are:
The area bordered by Casino Street, Bruxner Highway, Caniaba Street and the Lismore Airport.
Norco Lane, River Road, Elliott Road, Foleys Road, Taylor Street, Wardell Street and Riverview Park.
The northern end of Caniaba Street, Meadow Drive, Charlton Avenue and Scott Place.
Winterton Parade, Pitt Lane, Pitt Street and Wotherspoon Street.

What we are expecting:
Once floodwater begins inundating the area, road access may be cut. If you remain in the area after this time, you may become trapped and it may be too dangerous for NSW SES to rescue you.

MODERATE TO MAJOR FLOODING LIKELY

Mon, 28 Mar 2022 Category: Weather Updates

Moderate to Major flooding may occur along the Wilsons River at Lismore.

The Wilsons River at Lismore (AHD) is likely to exceed the minor flood level (4.20 m) overnight. River rises to the moderate (7.20 m) and major flood levels (9.70 m) are possible from early Tuesday morning. With forecast rainfall, river levels may reach around 10.50m to 10.6m during Tuesday afternoon.

Heavy rainfall is forecast across the Wilsons River catchment from late Monday into Tuesday and Wednesday, which may cause moderate to major flooding from early Tuesday at Lismore. If the rainfall intensifies overnight Monday into Tuesday, major flooding may occur earlier on Tuesday with levels reaching near the Lismore Levee Height (10.6 m) Tuesday afternoon. Levels are expected to remain below those experienced in late February 2022.

Further heavy rainfall is forecast over the next 24 to 48 hours which may result in further rapid river level rises and localised flash flooding. A Severe Weather Warning has been issued for the Northern Rivers and parts of the Mid North Coast and Northern Tablelands Forecast District.

The situation is being actively monitored and updated flood watches and warnings will be issued where necessary over the coming days.

MODERATE TO MAJOR FLOOD WATCH 28 March

Mon, 28 Mar 2022 Category: Weather Updates

Heavy rainfall is forecast for parts of the Northern Rivers and Mid North Coast from Monday into Tuesday and Wednesday. Catchments in this region remain saturated following significant flooding in recent weeks and this rainfall has the potential to result in Moderate to Major flooding along the Wilsons River.

A Severe Weather Warnings is current for the Northern Rivers.

The situation is being actively monitored and updated flood watches and warnings will be issued where necessary over the coming days.

WEATHER AND LEVEE UPDATE

Mon, 28 Mar 2022 Category: Weather Updates

With the BOM and SES issuing renewed warnings for expected high rainfall and possible minor to moderate flooding, Council wants to reassure our community about the status of the levee.

After the previous event an audit of the levee system was undertaken. There is some aesthetic damage in some locations but the levee is structurally sound and functional. All levee gates are operational and ready to go.

The Browns Creek pump station has had interim repairs completed and is operational.

Our other pump stations ARE NOT operational due to the level of damage sustained in the previous event. Council is sourcing some mobile pumping solutions as interim measures. We will update you on this as more information comes to hand.

If required, the levee system will be operated as normal, and Council staff are on standby as always to respond and assist our community.

Stay safe everyone and never drive or walk through floodwaters.


PART OF DUNOON ROAD CLOSED

Mon, 28 Mar 2022 Category: Roads

Due to significant flood damage, Lismore City Council will close both sides of Dunoon Road between Dorroughby Road and Repentance Creek Road starting on Monday, 4 April.

The road is expected to be closed in a phased approach to accommodate the Easter long weekend where it will open up again with traffic lights for both directions.

After Easter from Tuesday, 26 April the section of Dunoon Road will close again.

Electronic billboards will alert motorised to the detour which will direct traffic via Repentance Creek Road (turns into Rosebank Road) and Dorroughby Road through Corndale.

If you have any questions or like to discuss this in further detail, please call Council on 6625 0500.

DO YOU HAVE EVIDENCE OF FLOOD DAMAGING OUR ROADS

Mon, 28 Mar 2022 Category: Roads

Under the NSW Disaster Assistance Arrangements, Council can claim the cost of repairs to roads damaged as a direct result of the recent disaster.

Evidence of water causing damage to our roads during the disaster event helps us with these claims.

If you have photos or videos of flooding damage occurring to a public road, Council would like to hear from you so we can get as many of our flood damaged roads repaired as possible.

If you can assist with this, please email us at council@lismore.nsw.gov.au or ring our Contact Centre on 6625 0500.

We will need your contact details, the type of evidence you have and the property address nearest to where the damage occurred. We will then be in contact with you if we need further evidence to help Council secure funding for road repairs.

CARPARK CLOSURES

Sun, 27 Mar 2022 Category: Weather Updates

The Lower Hensley and Rowing Club carparks will be closed from tomorrow morning as a precaution against possible flooding.

Please do not park your vehicles in these carparks.

Stay safe and never walk or drive through flood waters.

To stay up to date with the latest weather, go to www.bom.gov.au

To stay up to date with road closures, go to https://disaster.lismore.nsw.gov.au/dashboard/overview

MINOR TO MODERATE FLOOD WATCH FOR WILSONS RIVER 27 MARCH

Sun, 27 Mar 2022 Category: Weather Updates

Rainfall is forecast on Sunday with an increasing trend during the first half of this week for parts of the Northern Rivers and Mid North Coast. Catchments in this region remain saturated following significant flooding in recent weeks and this rainfall has the potential to result in further flooding.

Minor to moderate flood levels are a risk depending on how the weather system develops.

A Severe Weather Warnings is current for the Northern Rivers and parts of the Mid North Coast and Northern Tablelands. Severe thunderstorm warnings will be issued as required.

Flooding is possible in the Wilsons River and Richmond River catchments.

Stay Safe and Never Drive or Walk through flood waters.

For weather updates go to www.bom.gov.au

For road closures go to https://disaster.lismore.nsw.gov.au/dashboard/overview

LISMORE PUBLIC TOILET UPDATE

Fri, 25 Mar 2022 Category: Community Service

Many of Lismore’s Public Toilets suffered flood damage. Our Disaster Repair Teams are working hard to get them all operating as soon as we can.
Here is the latest list on the status of our Public Toilets.

?? Nesbitt Park (new block) – OPEN
? Nesbitt Park (old block) – CLOSED
?? Union Street – OPEN
?? Keen St 24-hour toilet block – CLOSED – One portaloo onsite
?? Heritage Park – OPEN (Women’s toilet door slightly damaged)
? Transit Centre – CLOSED
? Clyde Campbell Carpark (Browns Creek) – CLOSED.
??Dawson Street – CLOSED – 3 portaloos onsite.

Our Disaster Repair Teams are also working towards having the toilets at the Transit Centre and Clyde Campbell carpark operating as soon as possible.

Council thanks the community for their patience and understanding as we continue our flood disaster repairs.

DO NOT USE RIVER AND WATERWAYS

Fri, 25 Mar 2022 Category: Waste and Clean Up

As a result of the recent major flood event at the Wilson’s River, Lismore City Council is asking our community not to undertake any recreational activities in our waterways due to sewerage discharge from our treatment plants.

Lismore City Council’s General Manager John Walker said the flooding event impacted our sewerage treatment plants causing major damage and reduced operating capacity.

This means that Council has no option but to discharge low treatment or untreated sewage into the Wilsons River as a means of disposal.

The New South Wales Environmental Protection Authority is aware of the situation and operational constraints of the treatment plant.

The discharge is having a significant impact on the water quality in all waterways that are impacted by tidal activity including the Wilsons River, Leycester Creek and associated tributaries, creeks and waterways.

Council is advising that all recreational activities including boating, fishing, canoeing, swimming and all other activities that requires any contact with the water not be undertaken until such time that Council deems it safe to use the waterways.

Also, any commercial users drawing water should seek advice to establish if the water is fit for purpose.

Lismore City Council thanks our community for their understanding and patience during these times and will continue to update our community with the latest information.

MINOR FLOODING POSSIBLE FOR WILSONS RIVER

Fri, 25 Mar 2022 Category: Weather Updates

The Bureau of Meteorology is forecasting rainfall to continue over parts of the Northern Rivers, Mid North Coast, Hunter and North Western NSW from Friday into early next week with showers and thunderstorms likely.

Flooding is likely to develop along coastal and inland rivers from Friday, with the Wilsons River on Minor Flood Watch.

Further rainfall is forecast for the Northern Rivers, Mid North Coast and Hunter Rivers during the first half of next week. This rainfall has the potential to cause continued and possibly increased flooding, depending on how the weather system develops. The situation is being closely monitored and renewed flood watches and warnings will be issued where necessary.

The weather system may cause local and riverine flooding for the catchments listed from Thursday into Friday.

Please stay safe and never drive or walk through flood waters.

To keep up to date with road closures, go to https://disaster.lismore.nsw.gov.au/dashboard/overview

Asbestos update for flood clean-up

Thu, 24 Mar 2022 Category: Waste and Clean Up

For the latest update as of Thursday, 24 March regarding asbestos, please click HERE to be taken to our Northern Rivers Waste website.

SURVEY OF FLOOD IMPACT ON OUR BUSINESS COMMUNITY

Thu, 24 Mar 2022 Category: Business Support

The catastrophic storm and flood event of March 2022 has had a devastating impact on the Lismore community and businesses across our entire Local Government Area.

As part of Council’s efforts to support the business community, we are asking all local businesses - small and large - to complete the Business Flood Impact Assessment Survey. This will help us get a clear picture of the number of businesses affected and the extent of damage.

It is hard to fathom the extent of the damage caused by this disaster unless you walk the streets, including through our industrial estates.

The more data we are able to collect from all businesses about the impact of the flood, the fuller picture we can paint for the government and the more likely we can get greater financial assistance.

This survey will help us, help you. That is why we need as many local businesses to fill in our survey so we can present your circumstances to government.
To take part in the survey, click HERE.

REGISTER FOR HOUSING SUPPORT

Thu, 24 Mar 2022 Category: Financial Assistance

Many people cannot go back into their homes yet. If that is you, please register below. It is important that housing support agencies know everyone who is currently displaced.

This includes if you have moved in with family, friends or whatever other situation you are in.

Planning is underway to provide semi-permanent accommodation but the agencies need to know accurate numbers.

Click this link to register for housing support: https://www.service.nsw.gov.au/register-interest-floods...

WEATHER UPDATE, WEDNESDAY 23 MARCH

Wed, 23 Mar 2022 Category: Caution

The Bureau of Meteorology is expecting rain and storm activity to become more widespread across eastern NSW and extending into parts of south-east Qld from tomorrow.

Severe thunderstorms are possible over the coming days in the northeast with localised heavy falls, as well as possible gusty wind and large hail. Heavy falls with thunderstorms are likely to produce flash flooding.

Due to recent rainfall, soils and catchments are saturated, dams are near capacity or full, so severe thunderstorms and persistent showers are more likely to lead to flash flooding and riverine rises than usual.

Landslips and fallen trees are also of concern due to recent flooding and people should take care around rivers.

Stay safe and never drive or walk through flood waters.

To stay up to date with weather warnings, go to
http://www.bom.gov.au/nsw/warnings/

To stay up to date with road closures, go to https://disaster.lismore.nsw.gov.au/dashboard/overview

FREE HAY FOR FARMERS AND COMMUNITY BBQ LUNCH

Wed, 23 Mar 2022 Category: Community Service

The non-profit organisation called Rapid Relief Team are hosting two combined events at the Lismore Showgrounds on Friday, 1 April from 7am to 1pm.

The combined events are called the Lismore Community Connect and the Farmers Community Connect which aims to bring flood affected families and farmers for a well deserved day out and bring our community together.

There will be a free BBQ lunch and barista coffee and the opportunity to connect with fellow community members in one location.

For farmers, there will be donated feed tested a-grade Lucerne hay available. To have access to this donation, you need to register by clicking HERE.

For more information on this family and farming event, you can visit the Rapid Relief Team Facebook page by clicking HERE or email action.au@rrtglobal.org.

FLOOD ABANDONED VEHICLES

Tue, 22 Mar 2022 Category: Waste and Clean Up

Our Rangers are now trying to re-unite owners of vehicles that have been impacted by the recent flood disaster.

Rangers will be taking the details of any vehicle that appears to have been left abandoned because of the flood and pass on those details to police who will then contact the owners.

Any flood affected vehicles that are impeding traffic and safe access to our streets will be relocated to a safe place.

Council thanks the community for its patience and understanding as we continue with flood recovery.

 

FREE BULK WATER FILLING STATION

Tue, 22 Mar 2022 Category: Community Service

A reminder that free bulk water is available from the Rous County Council fill point on Krauss Avenue, South Lismore – a ‘toggle’ is no longer required for access.

All bulk water carters must now use this facility. Drawing water from the reticulation network via standpipes can cause damage to the infrastructure and reduce supply/pressure.

CLEANING STRATEGY IN RESIDENTIAL AREAS

Tue, 22 Mar 2022 Category: Waste and Clean Up

The clean-up throughout our flood affected community is progressing as planned.

Pictured here is the Australian Defence Force in action helping our community as the clean-up continues through residential areas.

Since Monday, 21 March as the recovery efforts from Council, the State Government and Australian Defence Force ramped up to more residential areas, flood waste will be segregated and removed from streets, then transferred by small trucks (Skip bins and ADF trucks) to the temporary waste staging facility at the John Crowther carpark before being carted to the temporary regional transfer facilities at Alstonville and Coraki.

This strategy aims to reduce truck turnaround times, speed up clean-up operations, reduce the number of trucks on the haulage routes and improve haulage rates to the temporary regional transfer facilities.

Recovery efforts will be ongoing until the clean-up is completed, and Council will continue to provide updates to the community throughout this time.

We thank the community for its patience as we undertake this important recovery work.


ROAD CLOSURE TO PARTS OF BRUXNER HWY AND UNION STREET

Mon, 21 Mar 2022 Category: Waste and Clean Up

We are planning to complete the kerbside Clean Up along Bruxner Highway (Union Street) between Three Chain Road and Elliot Road tomorrow, with crews working in both lanes.

Detours will be in place along Three Chain Road, Wilson Street and Elliot Road (please see map).

We thank the community for its patience and understanding as we continue this recovery work.

 

LAST DAYS OF FREE NATROSHIELD SANITISER

Sun, 20 Mar 2022 Category: Waste and Clean Up

After giving away three tanker loads of non-toxic Natroshield sanitiser, distribution will end today (Sunday) afternoon.

Lismore Square teamed up with their eco cleaning partners, Natroshield, to provide free non-toxic sanitiser to residents of Lismore to fight mould and suppress the spread of bacteria.

The tanker is located the Lismore Square near Pet Barn (on Diadem St, access via Uralba St) and operates between 10am and 4pm until today.

TEMPORARY WASTE STAGING FACILITY

Sun, 20 Mar 2022 Category: Waste and Clean Up

A temporary waste storage facility will be set up in the John Crowther carpark off Dawson Street to speed up the removal of flood waste.

As the recovery efforts from Council, the State Government and Australian Defence Force ramp up, flood waste will be segregated and removed from streets, then transferred by small trucks (Skip bins and ADF trucks) to the temporary waste staging facility at the John Crowther carpark before being carted to the temporary regional transfer facilities at Alstonville and Coraki.

The waste staging facility will be operational from Monday, 21 March for approximately four weeks, with week-by-week assessments on waste volumes and overall clean-up operations. This facility aims to reduce truck turnaround times, speed up clean-up operations, reduce the number of trucks on the haulage routes and improve haulage rates to the temporary regional transfer facilities.

Over the coming weeks there will be a heavy increase in truck movement through Woodlark Street and Dawson Street to the transfer facilities. Please be cautious when entering/exiting these roads and maintain pedestrian safety in the area.

Recovery efforts will be ongoing until the clean-up is completed, and Council will continue to provide updates to the community throughout this time.
We thank the community for its patience as we undertake this important recovery work.

CLEAN UP TO CLOSE PARTS OF WYRALLAH ROAD THIS WEEKEND

Fri, 18 Mar 2022 Category: Roads

The clean-up effort continues this weekend as various crews focus on particular streets and parts of Lismore and surrounds.

To help ensure the clean-up effort can proceed in the most efficient way, Lismore City Council needs to close a number of streets each day as the operation moves towards residential areas.

This weekend, the following street will be closed:
  • Wyrallah Road at Ballina Road roundabout from 7am to 4pm on Saturday and Sunday
Detours will be in place along Wyrallah Road to divert traffic around the planned clean-up area.

Detours will go via Esmonde Street, Avondale Avenue, Daphne Street, Clarice Street, Esyth Street and Cathcart Street.

PORTABLE TOILETS AT TRANSIT CENTRE

Fri, 18 Mar 2022 Category: Community Service

With the Transit Centre on Molesworth Street closed for repairs, Lismore City Council has provided portable toilets for community members to access.

Lismore City Council asks if community members could use these toilets and avoid entering the Transit Centre as it is closed for repairs.

Thank you for your patience and understanding.

ROAD DAMAGE UPDATE FOR TUNTABLE CREEK ROAD

Fri, 18 Mar 2022 Category: Roads

Roads across our entire local government area have had significant damage.

On Tuntable Creek Road there is a landslip north of Rose Road. An initial inspection has been carried out, however, we will require further geotechnical investigation to determine the permanent solution. This section of the road has collapsed and is CLOSED. It is unlikely to be open for some time.

Tuntable Creek Road has also experienced a landslip 1.6km from the intersection with Tuntable Falls Road. An initial inspection of this area with large cracks in the road has been carried out, however, we will require further geotechnical investigation to determine the permanent solution.

Although some vehicles have been using this section of road without incident, this section of road is unstable. Locals living between these two landslips are advised to park in a safe location above the slip site and walk into their properties. The road is CLOSED to limit traffic movements in this area.

This section of Tuntable Creek Road is being monitored daily for further movement and may need to be CLOSED to access with physical barriers without prior notice, leaving these properties isolated from vehicular access.

We are working on options for emergency access to these properties to avoid this situation. Residents are urged to exercise caution. We will provide regular updates of any changes directly to affected residents in this area.

We thank the community for your patience and we undertake the massive repair of our road network.

Our crews are working hard to ensure our roads are safe, however, it will take time and we ask for the community’s patience.

Please always drive to conditions and follow all instructions.

GSAC TO RE OPEN TOMORROW

Fri, 18 Mar 2022 Category: Council Services

The Goonellabah Sports & Aquatic Centre will re-open to the public tomorrow after it was recently used as an Evacuation Centre due to the recent flood event.

The 24 hour Switch Gym will resume from midnight tonight and pool will be open from 7.15am on Saturday.

However the Gym group fitness classes and the Swimsations Learn-to-Swim Program will recommence on Monday, 21 March.

There is something for everyone at GSAC and there is a jam-packed program that suit both adults and kids, and all segments of our community and so now is a great time to join.

If you are after more information on joining and membership options, you can visit www.gsac.net.au or call 6625 5370 for more information.

DO NOT PUT ASBESTOS ON FOOTPATH RUBBISH PILE

Fri, 18 Mar 2022 Category: Waste and Clean Up

There are reports of asbestos being dumped in to rubbish piles on the footpath. It is extremely important that this does not happen.

Asbestos products may be found in many buildings and generally are not dangerous if kept in good condition.

However, if an asbestos product is broken or disturbed in any way, it is extremely hazardous. Asbestos materials are either bonded (tightly bound) or friable (loosely bound).

Bonded asbestos materials are commonly found in houses and often known as ‘fibro’, ‘asbestos cement’ and ‘AC sheeting’.

The recent Flood has had the potential to break and disturb asbestos products. If you suspect you have asbestos in your building, please have it checked by a qualified professional.

MILITARY ROAD PART ROAD CLOSURE

Thu, 17 Mar 2022 Category: Roads

Due to essential remediation works within the vicinity of Council’s Wade Park Sewer Pump Station, Military Road from Anne Street heading towards Thistles Soccer field closed to the public until further notice.

We thank the community for your patience as we undertake this urgent work.

ROAD REPAIR UPDATE

Wed, 16 Mar 2022 Category: Roads

Roads across our entire local government area have had significant damage.

Our crews are working hard to ensure our roads are safe, however, it will take time and we ask for the community’s patience.

The following is a snapshot of some of the most significant damage to our roads. We will keep the community updated on other road works we are undertaking.

Please always drive to conditions and follow all instructions. Roads are closed because they pose a serious danger to motorists and to reduce the risk of further damage.

?? Tuntable Falls Road – 2 x landslips cleared 3km from Gungas Road. Road has been cleared however works will be ongoing under traffic control (OPEN)

?? Terania Creek Road – Landslip approx. 8km from The Channon shop. An initial inspection has been carried out however will require further geotechnical investigation to determine the permanent solution (Local residents only – no heavy vehicles allowed)

?? Black Road – Causeway washed out. Temporary repair works underway (CLOSED)

?? Ross Road – Significant pavement damage. Temporary repair works will commence 23 March (CLOSED)

?? Wallace Road – Landslip approximately 1.2km from Tuntable Creek Road. An initial inspection has been carried out however will require further geotechnical investigation to determine the permanent solution (LOCAL RESIDENTS ONLY – NO HEAVY VEHICLES)

?? Koonorigan Road – Landslip approximately 500m from Nimbin Road. An initial inspection has been carried out however will require further geotechnical investigation to determine the permanent solution (CLOSED)

?? Keerong Road – Culvert washout near Dudgeon Road. Bridge design in progress (CLOSED)

?? Gungas Road (gravel) – Road significantly damaged, 4x4 access only. LCC roads and water crews are currently working with Defence Forces in this area (LOCAL RESIDENTS ONLY – 4x4 ACCESS)

?? Nimbin Road – Landslip between Stony Chute Road and Nimbin Town. Geotechnical investigation works have been complete (One lane closed)

?? Keerong Road, Pinchon Road and Keerong Bridge Road have had an emergency grade due to the expected increase in traffic. Further damages on these roads will be repaired at a later date

?? Mountain Top Road – Major landslip near 143 Mountain Top Road (CLOSED to through traffic)

?? Oakey Creek Road – Major landslips – (CLOSED – local residents access only)

These road closures and conditions are under regular review and will be updated accordingly. Over the coming weeks Lismore City Council will commence further Geotechnical Investigations which will involve drilling and in some areas the installation of geotechnical monitoring devices.

Click HERE to see video showing damage to Gungas Road. Video provided by Disaster Relief Australia.

RESILIENT LISMORE Helping Hands WEBSITE

Wed, 16 Mar 2022 Category: Community Service

Resilient Lismore, a collaborative community-run disaster response network, has set up a website for the community to request help from volunteers.
The website allows you to:
 
  • Request Help
  • Volunteer
  • Donate
The community organisation is calling for as many community members as possible to register as volunteers to help residents clean up.

It is also looking for people with a wide variety of skills and trades to register as a volunteer to assist.

They have a huge task ahead and volunteers might not arrive immediately, but Resilient Lismore is working as hard as it can to connect people with the help that is available.

Resilient Lismore also has tents set up at the Community Support Facility in the Harold Fredericks Carpark opposite Oakes Oval, and at the Bulk Foods building across the road at 119 Magellan St where a team member can help you log your requests.

To register for help or to volunteer click https://www.floodhelpnr.com.au/.

Resilient Lismore is an entirely volunteer-run network that was created as a response to the 2017 flood.
 

LISMORE FLOOD RECOVERY SHUTTLE SERVICE

Wed, 16 Mar 2022 Category: Community Service

The free hourly bus shuttle includes the Distribution Centre at the Lismore Showgrounds and the Lismore Base Hospital.

We ask that people use this service rather than drive into the CBD to allow recovery efforts to continue unhampered by traffic.

1st Trip
  • 9am- Goonellabah Sports & Aquatic Centre (GSAC)- Wallerawang Drive Goonellabah
  • 9.07am-Southern Cross University (SCU) Evacuation Centre- Rifle Range Road
  • 9.10am- Southern Cross University “V” Block- Creative Arts Block
  • 9.15am- Opposite Lismore Base Hospital- Uralba Road
  • 9.18am- Support Facility- Lismore Library Car Park- Dawson St
  • 9.20am- Opposite KOORI MAIL- Molesworth Street
  • 9.25am- Lismore Showgrounds- Alexandra Pde Gate
  • 9.30am- Lismore Showgrounds- Alexandra Pde Gate
  • 9.35am- KOORI MAIL- Molesworth Street
  • 9.40am- Support Facility- Lismore Library Car Park- Magellan St
  • 9.43am- Lismore Base Hospital- Bus Stop- Uralba Road
  • 9.48am- Opposite- Southern Cross University “V” Block- Creative Arts Block
  • 9.50am- Opposite- Southern Cross University (SCU) Evacuation Centre- Rifle Range Rd
  • 9.55am- Goonellabah Sports & Aquatic Centre (GSAC)- Wallerawang Drive Goonellabah

2nd Trip- 10am from GSAC
3rd Trip- 11am from GSAC
4th Trip- noon from GSAC
5th Trip- 1pm from GSAC
6th Trip- 2pm from GSAC
7th Trip- 3pm from GSAC
8th Trip- 4pm from GSAC
9th Trip- 5pm from GSAC

Northern Rivers Business Hub Support

Wed, 16 Mar 2022 Category: Business Support

A support hub for displaced and disconnected businesses had been established at Southern Cross University by Business NSW.

The Hub sits within the Southern Cross University Enterprise Lab (Block A). It’s open 8am to 6pm with no booking necessary – just drop in!

What’s in the Northern Rivers Business Hub:

  • A Hub coordinator onsite to assist with questions and guide to services
  • Hot desks with laptops set up for use including internet access (helping you to reconnect with suppliers, staff and customers)
  • Hot desks for use with your own equipment and internet available
  • Stationery equipment, white boards and printer access
  • Meeting spaces for staff meetings, supplier meetings, customer meetings and group presentations
  • Access to AV equipment for zoom meetings and presentations
  • Administrative support: volunteers to help rebuild databases, update websites and social media channels
  • Tea and coffee making facilities
  • Business lounge to connect with others and support ongoing collaboration
  • Access to business advisors: Strengthening Business Advisors and Business Connect Advisors
  • Access to Government agencies and services: Rural Financial Counselling Services, Services NSW
  • Visiting services: banks, telecommunications
  • Seminar session on needs identified by business – e.g. property/leasing

For more information call - 13 26 96 or email northernrivers@businessnsw.com



Report Deceased Livestock

Mon, 14 Mar 2022 Category: Farming and Livestock

As floodwater is subsiding across Northern NSW, the Local Land Services is reminding landholders and members of the public to report deceased livestock to the Agriculture and Animal Services hotline.

Due to the nature and sheer scale of these floods, it is very hard to predict where deceased animals will be found, some can be washed hundreds of kilometres away.

Deceased livestock do pose a human health risk, but by reporting them immediately, work will be done to remove them as quickly as possible and reduce the risk of disease and contamination.

For landholders needing animal assessment and disposal, or members of the public who encounter a deceased animal can report it to the Agriculture and Animal Services hotline on 1800 814 647.
 



Clean Up Schedule Update

Mon, 14 Mar 2022 Category: Waste and Clean Up

Public Works Advisory continues to coordinate the Clean Up of flood waste from flood affected areas of Northern Rivers NSW, including the Lismore LGA.

So far the Clean Up has prioritised the Lismore CBD and main roads in/out of Lismore (including North, East and South Lismore).

Clean Up has also begun in our neighbouring LGAs as flood waters receded.

For our LGA, the Clean Up is now moving beyond the main streets in the CBD, North Lismore, East Lismore and South Lismore.

The Clean Up will then move into rural areas as crews become available. Plans are currently being developed for how the rural Clean Up will be staged, and you will be kept updated once plans are finalised.

The entire Clean Up of Lismore and its villages is a phased approach, which means Clean Up crews will return again after the initial waste removal.

To assist with this huge task, we ask businesses and property owners who still have flood waste material that needs to be disposed of from upper levels of their buildings to contact Council on 6625 0500.

This will allow us to create a register so that waste removal and collection can be prioritised as subsequent rounds of clean up take place.

We thank the community for their patience during this massive Clean Up effort.

How to restore power to your property

Fri, 11 Mar 2022 Category: Essential Energy

Essential Energy can guide you on how to get power back on after your property has been flooded.

Please click on this link https://www.essentialenergy.com.au/.../flood-reconnecting

High powered voltage restored to CBD

Tue, 08 Mar 2022 Category: Essential Energy

Essential Energy has restored power to parts of the CBD.

Please continue to use caution. Do not assume that the power is off in your premise.