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2022 Floods

Flood-affected households to get cash grants

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Flood-affected households to get cash grants

Australian Red Cross will provide $20,000 support to family of those who sadly lost their lives in the Queensland and New South Wales floods, and also distribute a $500 cash grant to impacted households in flood-stricken communities following Saturday night’s nationwide telethon.

More than 92,000 people across Australia donated $25.2 million during the live telethon, which was broadcast for more than four hours simultaneously across three networks – Channels 9, 7 and 10.

Red Cross CEO Kym Pfitzner said it was an incredible display of generosity from people across Australia who pitched in to support the hundreds of thousands of people affected by the floods.

“Every cent raised through the telethon will now be distributed as cash grants,” he said.

“The telethon was an enormous success, enabling us to provide some additional support to those who need it. On behalf of Red Cross, thank you to everyone who donated. It really shows impacted communities how much you care.

“Red Cross is grateful for the efforts of Channels 9, 7 and 10, who came together with the help of 600 volunteers, staff and celebrities across three states to unite the nation to support flooded communities.”

Mr Pfitzner said the response to the telethon extended well beyond the funds raised.

“This represents a national outpouring of humanitarian support for flood-hit communities. The scale of the support is what’s really heart-warming.”

Funds raised through the telethon will support two types of cash grants:

• Bereavement grants of $20,000 to support senior next-of-kin of those who died as a direct result of the floods with immediate needs (funeral and other related expenses).

• A $500 relief grant per household to help with basic needs such as food, clothing or personal items for people whose primary place of residence was affected by the floods and who are experiencing financial hardship as a result.

Grant applications will open on Friday 18 March at redcross.org.au/grants, with a simple online form to be completed. Once the required information has been received, grants will be processed quickly, with first payments expected to be made from 21 March.

“At this point in time, estimates of how many households were impacted are variable. We will distribute the grants until all eligible applications have been processed or available funds are exhausted.

“With the telethon appeal now closed, people can still donate through the ongoing Red Cross floods appeal. Funding into that appeal in the last week from our corporate partners and philanthropic funders has meant Red Cross is able to continue to deliver immediate community response needs on the ground, and ensure we are able to support long term recovery.

The flood appeal will add to the funds already received from the telethon to help as many people as possible with cash assistance, support our current response on the ground and on-going recovery work in flood-impacted communities.

Mr Pfitzner stressed that the generosity of the broadcast networks, celebrities and volunteers behind the telethon, along with other major supporters, meant that no funds raised on the night of the telethon would be used for essential support costs.

“Reports about donations received, grants applications and how the money is spent will be made available on our website regularly in line with our practice of transparent appeals reporting.

“In addition to providing cash assistance Red Cross has had about 460 people in the field and has supported nearly 12,000 people in 50 evacuation and recovery centres, ensuring people have a safe place to sleep and access to food and water, and connecting them with the services and other help they need,” Mr Pfitzner said.

“The scale of the damage and number of people impacted is immense. It’s going to take a long time to recover, but Red Cross will be there for communities for the long haul, working side by side with our not-for-profit and government partners in the affected areas.

“We’re tremendously grateful for the support of the broadcast networks, along with more than 20 corporate and philanthropic partners. People can also donate in person at partners including Coles, Australia Post, the Commonwealth Bank, who are collecting in stores.”

Mr Pfitzner said grant applications would remain open until all eligible applications had been processed or available funds were exhausted.

2022 Floods

Byron Shire Flood Update – 1:00pm Wednesday 30 March 

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Byron Shire Flood Update – 1:00pm Wednesday 30 March 

 

Residents and businesses in many parts of the Byron Shire, especially Byron Bay and Suffolk Park, have been affected by flooding with heavy rainfall across the region overnight.  

Rainfall figures released by the Bureau of Meteorology (BoM) show Coopers Shoot recorded 319mm of rain to 9am this morning (30 March 2022) with 282mm at Byron Bay. 

A severe weather warning for heavy rainfall and thunderstorms remains in place. 

Moderate flooding is also possible along the Brunswick River at Mullumbimby and along the Marshalls Creek at Billinudgel early this afternoon.  

All available Council staff are at work, although many have also been impacted by the rain and flooding.   

For links to all the latest information from the SES, BoM and Council go to our Emergency Dashboard. 

Our Facebook page has loads of information as well. 

Roads 

 

At 11:30 am, we have 37 reported road closures and a significant number of flood cautions issued across our network in Byron Shire. 

The M1 is closed southbound at Tyagarah. 

Significant flash flooding has been experienced in the Byron town centre and industrial estate. 

The flash flooding experienced in Lawson, Jonson Street and surrounds has been unprecedented. Traffic controls have been in place since early this morning.  

Shirley Street is closed at Kendall Street and Ewingsdale Road is closed near Belongil Bridge at Sunrise Boulevard, police are on the scene. 

We also have a landslip reported at Broken Head Road near the Coast Road and emergency services have been on site this morning. There is another landslip reported at Bangalow Road that remains inaccessible to emergency services. 

Suffolk Park experienced significant flash flooding overnight, a number of roads remain cut off here. 

New Brighton Road is closed near the intersection of Redgate Road. 

The majority of our major hinterland roads remain cut off and inaccessible, with crews unable to further inspect the damage in these areas. We have been advised by locals a new landslip has occurred at Wilsons Creek Road. We will provide updates on this when they come to hand. 

We’ve received reports of a number of trees down, blocking roads across our network, many in areas we are still unable to access. 

Evacuation Centres

 

The Cavanbah Centre Byron Bay was opened as an Evacuation Centre this morning by the lead agencies (Department of Communities and Justice and Northern Rivers NSW SES). 
 
We are aware getting to the Cav is a challenge at the moment because of road closures. Check MyRoadInfo to see what roads are open and closed.  

Water and Sewer

 

All available staff are working on the water and sewer network across the Shire. 

Any urgent problems with water, sewer and drainage should be reported to our Depot staff on 02 6685 9300. 

Non-urgent problems can be reported via Report It on our website. 

Drinking water and water for household use 

There is currently no problem with water supply in the Byron Shire and the water is safe to drink and for household use.  

Our water treatment plant at Mullumbimby is still off-line but we have enough water reserved and we have also turned on the emergency connection to the Rous County Council water supply. 

There are no water restrictions but we do ask that people use water sparingly until the flood water recedes and operations return to normal. 

Sewer 

Heavy rain yesterday and overnight is continuing to have an impact on our sewer system and our network is under pressure from the large amount of water flowing into pump stations around the Shire. 

Staff are doing all they can but they can’t get to some sites because of flooding.  Once the rain stops and water subsides we will get to all the affected areas. 

Stormwater 

Everyone should stay out of stormwater.  This is the water in the streets and coming up through the drains. 

Stormwater is dirty and often contaminated with sewer run-off and other substances that are harmful to our health.  

For more information about the danger of stormwater go to the NSW Health website. 

Waste 

Due to the severe weather and issues with access, Byron Resource Recovery Centre, the tip, is closed today. 

Kerbside bins will be collected on your normal bin collection day. There may be some delay to collections if access has been limited due to road closure and flooding. 

Flooding through Byron township has resulted in multiple vehicles getting inundated and large quantities of floating rubbish. This area will be a primary focus for our crews clean-up once water levels drop.

  

Areas that we have not been able to collect are: 

·        Byron Industrial Estate 

·        Skinners Shoot Road  

·        Shirley Lane   

 

Flood recovery clean-up is on hold. 

 

Visit Flood clean up and waste for more information. 

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2022 Floods

Severe Weather Conditions in Ballina Shire – Avoid Unnecessary Travel

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Severe Weather Conditions in Ballina Shire – Avoid Unnecessary Travel

 

UPDATE 12.30PM WEDNESDAY 30 MARCH 2022

 

The Lennox Head Cultural Centre is open today as an evacuation centre for anyone seeking shelter from the severe weather and flash flooding.

 

Please only travel to the centre if it is safe to do so. If you are currently safe in your home, it is still the best option to stay where you are and stay off the roads if possible.

 

For emergency help in floods and storms call the SES on 132 500.

 

ROADS AND FERRY UPDATE

Residents are strongly urged to avoid travel today.

 

The Pacific Highway is closed from Wardell to Tintenbar, between Coolgardie Road and Tamarind Drive. This means the Cumbalum Interchange remains closed as well as the Interchange at West Ballina. River Street in West Ballina is also currently closed due to floodwaters.

 

The Burns Point Ferry remains CLOSED until further notice.

 

Due to access and safety restrictions Ballina Shire Council staff cannot inspect and signpost all urban roads. As soon as it is safe to do so our crews will complete inspections and Council will post updates to www.livetraffic.com. Please be aware of changing conditions in your local area.

 

SANDBAGS AVAILABLE

Anyone needing to collect sandbags should lodge a request with SES by calling 132 500.

 

COUNCIL SERVICES

The Recovery Centre at the Ballina Surf Club remains closed today due to the severe weather. The Recovery Centre will reopen as soon as it is safe to do so. Flood-impacted residents can still access support by calling the Service NSW hotline on 13 77 88.

 

Minimise water use

If you hear your toilet gurgling, it is expected during the extreme weather we are currently experiencing.

The current high rainfall and tidal impacts are putting extreme pressure on our pump stations and wastewater network.

Council crews are doing all they can to clear the excess backlog but they’re up against it in the current conditions.

To assist us please minimise your water use such as bathing/showering, washing and toilet flushing.

If residents experience problems with sewage entering their home please contact Council on 1300 864 444.

 

Bin collection

Council’s Resource Recovery Team will be unable to complete collections today, Wednesday 30 March due to flooding.

Missed collections are expected to be rescheduled for Saturday 2 April 2022. Where safe to do so, residents can leave their bins out for recollection.

 

Missing bins
If you are in need of a bin replacement, please log a request via the Community Portal on ballina.nsw.gov.au/CommunityPortal or call 1300 864 444 for our team to log your request.

 

Waste Management Centre Closed

The Waste Management Centre on Southern Cross Drive is closed today due to staff not being able to access the site. It will reopen tomorrow if it is safe to do so.

 

Ballina Byron Gateway Airport

Commercial flights have been cancelled today and access roads are flooded. Passengers should not to travel to the airport today and should contact their airline directly for flight information.

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2022 Floods

Flood assistance available

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Flood assistance available

Flood affected businesses can now find quick access to support information through a dedicated web portal on the Australian Government’s Businesswebsite.

Financial Assistance

Financial assistance available through Service NSW
The NSW Government is administering direct financial assistance to flood affected businesses and individuals.

Through the Service NSW floods portal the following assistance is now available for those impacted by the floods:

Individuals

  • A Disaster Relief Grant – to assist low income earners faced with disaster hardship who have suffered damage to the structure or contents of their home.
  • Personal and financial counselling.
  • Assistance finding temporary housing for those who have been forced from their homes.

Small business, primary production and not-for profit organisation support

  • Small business recovery grants up to $50,000 for businesses that have suffered direct damage
  • Primary producer recovery grants up to $75,000 for producers that have suffered direct damage
  • Small business and primary producers concessional loans of up to $130,000
  • Concessional interest rate loans for not-for-profits
  • Freight subsidies of up to 50 per cent for primary producers

Councils

  • Assistance with operational costs and the restoration of essential public assets.

More information is available here

Use the NSW Disaster Assistance Finder to find assistance available to you.

Australian Government payments

Services Australia is on the ground in Recovery Centres and as a mobile unit around the region to support affected community members to access disaster support.

  • Disaster Recovery Payment – $1,000 per eligible adult and $400 per eligible child if your home has been severely damaged or destroyed, or you’ve been seriously injured.
  • Disaster Recovery Allowance – short-term income assistance (up to 13 weeks) if you’ve lost income as a direct result of the floods.

Flood recovery assistance for creatives

Arts Northern Rivers have announced direct payments of $1,000 to directly assist flood affected individual creatives in the Northern Rivers region. Learn more

Commonwealth Bank grants for community organisations

The Commonwealth Bank of Australia is accepting applications for flood grants from community organisations to assist with clean up, rebuilding and recovery. Learn more

Support on the ground

Recovery Centres are operating in locations across the Northern Rivers, providing access to services including:

  • Resilience NSW
  • Red Cross
  • Service NSW
  • Communities and Justice (DCJ) – Housing
  • Services Australia (Centrelink)
  • Salvation Army

Locations and shuttle bus information is available here

Distribution Centres are open in Ballina and Lismore.

The Ballina Distribution Hub is now located on Gallans Road, Ballina, at the old Thursday Plantation café site. It is open from 10am – 2pm 7 days a week.

Lismore distribution centres are at the showgrounds, distributing clothes, food, pet and baby supplies from Lifeline and Thread Together and 51 Whyralla Road, East Lismore distributing food, cleaning supplies and medicine.

Local business events and fundraising to support flood recovery

Northern Rivers Food member fundraiser
An opportunity to reconnect with local food industry community in a ‘BBQ in the Court’ 5:15 to 7:15pm Wednesday 30 March at Barrio, Porter Street, Byron Industrial Estate

Byron Bay Chamber of Commerce small business lunch and flood relief fundraiser
Business building through resilience and wellbeing. Funds raised will be donated to flood relief – 5:30 to 8:30pm, Thursday 31 March 2020 at the Byron Bay Golf Club

Rebuild, recharge and renew your business post pandemic and flood – Ballina Business Chamber
Ballina Business Chamber are holding a NSW Small Business Month event covering essential recovery info for the local business community. 5 to 7:30pm at the Ballina RSL on Thursday 31 March 2022. Bookings are essential.

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