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18 January 2023

Resilience at heart of flood recovery and restoration

Council welcomes additional funding to repair flood-damaged community infrastructure

Murwillumbah CBD flood Feb 2022

Floodwaters inundated the Murwillumbh CBD including Knox Park where the Murwillumbah Community Centre is located (top left of image). Work is now being undertaken to repair community facilities with more resilience to withstand future flooding events.

Incorporating resilience into Council and community infrastructure is key to the Tweed’s flood recovery restoration work planned for 2023.

Mayor of Tweed Shire Chris Cherry welcomed a joint announcement today by the Australian and NSW Governments to offer an additional $70 million to help flood-affected communities across the State, including the Tweed, repair community infrastructure.

“The devastating floods of 2022 impacted a wide range of community infrastructure, Council buildings and facilities across the Tweed, but plans are well underway to build back better this year,” Cr Cherry said.

“This additional funding will certainly help in the repair of these vital community facilities which play such an important role in the lives of so many people and which have been missed since they were damaged in the flood.

“To see them being brought back into operation will certainly give us much to cheer about.”

Among Council’s top priorities for restoration of community facilities is the repair of Murwillumbah Community Centre (MCC) with work anticipated to start later this month.

The service has been operating on a temporary basis out of Council’s Coolamon Centre since its headquarters in Knox Park were inundated last February. To ensure better protection during future flood events, repair works will build in greater flood resilience through measures such as raising power and data points, installing more cement sheeting walls and replacing timber doors, cabinetry and carpets with more water-proof materials.

Other community facilities due for flood restoration work include the Tweed Heads Library, several community halls, the Murwillumbah saleyards, the Tweed Regional Aquatic Centre (TRAC) and the fire control centre in Murwillumbah used by the Rural Fire Service (RFS).

The Tweed’s sporting community will also have reason to cheer with work schedules for reconstruction being developed with many different sports clubs.

More than $1.5 million has already been secured to help clubs reinstate and repair clubhouses, restore lighting, repair courts, playing surfaces and implement resilience practices such as relocating electrical boxes to higher locations.

The work will be across several different sporting codes including rugby league, AFL, hockey, netball, soccer, touch football, cricket and tennis.

As part of Council’s commitment to provide the community with opportunities to be active, healthy and enjoy our lifestyle, consultation has been carried out with the various stakeholders to ensure work doesn’t disrupt competition seasons.

The relocation of Council’s depot out of the flood plain is also being prioritised to ensure Council is able and equipped to quickly respond in the immediate aftermath of any future event.

To find out more about Council’s Flood Recovery works, visit tweed.nsw.gov.au/flood-recovery-update.

Two Albert's Lyrebirds caught on camera at Mt Nullum

Inside the muddy Murwillumbah Community Centre in the days after the flood in March 2022.

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Photo 1: Murwillumbah CBD flood Feb 2022
Caption: Floodwaters inundated the Murwillumbh CBD including Knox Park where the Murwillumbah Community Centre is located (top left of image). Work is now being undertaken to repair community facilities with more resilience to withstand future flooding events.

Photo 2: Murwillumbah Community Centre - March 2022
Caption: Inside the muddy Murwillumbah Community Centre in the days after the flood in March 2022.

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