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Flood monitoring cameras to provide water level images

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Flood monitoring cameras to provide water level images

Tweed residents will be able to keep an eye on floodwaters at key flood-prone public roads and bridges following adoption of the Flood Camera Monitoring Policy at last week’s Council meeting.

Under the policy, residents will be able to view still images which are refreshed every 15 minutes from 6 flood monitoring cameras located at key sites across the Tweed.

The flood monitoring cameras also help gather intelligence for the NSW State Emergency Service (SES), Council operations and other emergency service organisations during flood events.

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Mayor of Tweed Shire Chris Cherry said residents would now have access to near-live photographic flood information at 6 key locations, strategically selected in consultation with the NSW SES to improve their flood event operational intelligence.

“Flood monitoring cameras not only provide a safe way for residents to check flood levels, but they also help gather intelligence for the NSW SES, Council operations and other emergency service organisations during flood events,” Cr Cherry said.

“If you live in or near any of these areas, I urge you to visit our flood monitoring cameras page instead of placing yourself and others at risk on the roads during flood events.

“Tragically, across Australia in 2022, we have seen several fatalities involving vehicles in floodwater. Don’t risk it and never drive through floodwater.”

The 6 flood monitoring cameras are located at:

  • Bilambil Sports Club on the corner of Bilambil and Hogans roads, Bilambil
  • Boatharbour Bridge on Numinbah Road, Nobbys Creek
  • Byangum Bridge on Kyogle Road, Byangum
  • Murwillumbah Bridge on Wollumbin Street, Murwillumbah
  • Piggabeen Road at the culvert just west of Banksia Waters Village, Tweed Heads West
  • Tweed Valley Way (Oaks Avenue) north of the Cudgen Road and Tweed Valley Way intersection, Chinderah.

The cameras operate 24 hours a day. Some cameras may not work as well during low light conditions and severe weather.

Should any further camera locations be added to the flood monitoring camera network, those cameras would also be added to this policy.

Following public exhibition of the policy and a review of submissions, this policy was unanimously endorsed by all Councillors present at last week’s Council meeting (Thursday 15 December).

Now the policy has been adopted, the images will become available on Council’s website.

Data or information collected from the cameras will be retained for 6 months.

Any requests for access to data held by Council must be made by way of application in accordance with the requirements set out in the Government Information (Public Access) Act 2009.

View the images from the flood monitoring cameras at tweed.nsw.gov.au/flood-monitoring-cameras or go to our Emergency Dashboard.

The cameras were funded under the Australian Government’s Disaster Recovery Funding Arrangements. Additional cameras may be installed if funding becomes available in the future.

To stay up to date with what’s happening on our roads, visit our Roadworks and closures page, go to Live Traffic NSW or follow us on Facebook.

The NSW SES is the emergency authority for flood, storms and tsunamis – call them on 132 500 or visit ses.nsw.gov.au.

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Construction of Vital Stormwater Pump Station Commences in Murwillumbah

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State Member for Lismore and NSW Parliamentary Secretary for Disaster Recovery Janelle Saffin MP with, from left, Murwillumbah (Brothers) Leagues Club representative Dave Orr, Tweed Shire Mayor Cr Chris Cherry, Federal Member for Richmond Justine Elliot MP and Brothers’ Glenn Weaver inspecting construction of the new pump station.
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Construction of Vital Stormwater Pump Station Commences in Murwillumbah

 

In a significant step towards enhancing flood mitigation in Murwillumbah, construction has begun on a new stormwater pump station situated behind the levee at Murwillumbah (Brothers) Leagues Club. This $1.626 million project is a collaborative effort between Tweed Shire Council, the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), the Reconstruction Authority (RA), and the NSW Department of Climate Change, Energy, the Environment and Water (DCCEEW).

The new pump station is a key component of several initiatives being implemented in the Tweed Local Government Area under the Northern Rivers Recovery and Resilience Program (NRRRP). This program, funded by the Australian Government, allocates $150 million for flood mitigation and resilience projects across the Northern Rivers region, severely affected by flooding in February and March 2022.

The NRRRP aims to foster long-term resilience, ensuring communities are better equipped to withstand and recover from future disasters. Construction on the pump station began in early May and is expected to take approximately three months to complete, weather permitting. During this period, the levee wall and the dirt track behind the Brothers clubhouse will be inaccessible to the public.

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The project includes the installation of two new pumps, each standing approximately two meters tall, capable of moving nearly 1,000 litres of stormwater per second at full speed.

Under the NRRRP, $6.67 million has been allocated for several additional projects, supplemented by $2 million from the RA. These projects include:

  • Wharf Street pump station upgrade
  • Lavender Creek pump station upgrade
  • New pump system within the East Murwillumbah levee
  • Detailed evacuation procedures
  • Alma Street modification
  • Earthworks across Lot 4 on Quarry Road and modification of Condong Creek

Construction activities began on May 9, 2024, with work scheduled from Monday to Friday between 7 am and 6 pm, and occasional Saturday operations from 7 am to 1 pm. Safety measures include site fencing around the construction area and the temporary closure of the levee wall and dirt track behind Brothers Leagues Club. Equipment transport will occasionally utilize the park gate at the end of Murwillumbah Street, which will also serve as a temporary haulage route.

State Member for Lismore and NSW Parliamentary Secretary for Disaster Recovery Janelle Saffin MP with, from left, Murwillumbah (Brothers) Leagues Club representative Dave Orr, Tweed Shire Mayor Cr Chris Cherry, Federal Member for Richmond Justine Elliot MP and Brothers’ Glenn Weaver inspecting construction of the new pump station.

State Member for Lismore and NSW Parliamentary Secretary for Disaster Recovery Janelle Saffin MP with, from left, Murwillumbah (Brothers) Leagues Club representative Dave Orr, Tweed Shire Mayor Cr Chris Cherry, Federal Member for Richmond Justine Elliot MP and Brothers’ Glenn Weaver inspecting construction of the new pump station.

Community and Government Leaders Speak on the Project

Justine Elliot, Member for Richmond: “This project exemplifies how government funding can support communities in taking necessary steps to improve flood protection following the devastating 2022 flood events. The NRRRP is delivering real projects in Tweed, ensuring communities like Murwillumbah are better positioned to recover from future severe weather events. I am very pleased to see construction underway with funding support from the NRRRP on this vital stormwater pump, which will boost flood resilience. The Albanese Government is committed to helping the Northern Rivers on the road to recovery and ensuring we are all better prepared for future events.”

Janelle Saffin, Parliamentary Secretary of Disaster Recovery: “This will make a significant difference to the lives and livelihoods of people living and working in Murwillumbah. It represents real action on mitigation measures, so communities are better prepared and able to recover from the devastating impacts of floods. It demonstrates a willingness from all levels of government to get on with the job of increasing community resilience to future disasters.”

Chris Cherry, Mayor of Tweed Shire Council: “This stormwater pump station is a vital component of Council’s flood mitigation strategy for Murwillumbah and aims to reduce the impact of stormwater flooding in the area. The pump station will not eliminate all flooding, but it will reduce the frequency and magnitude of nuisance flooding due to storm events. While we can’t stop flooding from occurring, the pumps will significantly improve drainage of the area following a rain event, helping to reduce the impact of flooding on local residents and Brothers Leagues Club in the future. Thanks to the generous support of NEMA, NSW RA, and DCCEEW, this project represents a significant step towards strengthening our community’s resilience to flooding.”

Clint O’Keefe, Chairman of Murwillumbah Leagues Club: “Flooding has long been a problem for us at Murwillumbah (Brothers) Leagues Club, and we are excited to see work start on building this new pump station. Brothers is an intrinsic part of Murwillumbah life – not only on match days but also as a centre for social gatherings. This pump station means we will be able to resume normal operations much quicker after a major rain event.”

 

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Regional NSW’s Biggest Hospital Move Successfully Completed

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The new Tweed Valley Hospital in Cudgen is now open
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Regional NSW’s Biggest Hospital Move Successfully Completed

 

By Sarah Waters

The new Tweed Valley Hospital in Cudgen is in full swing following the biggest hospital move in regional NSW history.

More than 120 patients were safely transferred by NSW Ambulance, and private patient transfer companies, last Tuesday, from the now closed Tweed Hospital on Powell Street in Tweed Heads.

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Northern NSW Local Health District’s Director Clinical Operations Lynne Weir said the transition to the new facility was the culmination of more than 12 months of logistical planning, while the project itself had been more than six years in the making.

“This is a momentous milestone for everyone involved in the project, and of course for our patients, staff and the wider community,” Ms Weir said.

“The level of collaboration, expertise and engagement which has brought us to this point is simply outstanding.

“We are looking forward to a bright future delivering the excellent healthcare we’re known for, in our brand-new health facility,” she said.

Tweed Valley Hospital is now the major referral and teaching hospital in the Tweed-Byron region.

It will provide a wide range of inpatient, day only and outpatient services in the brand new, state of the art facility.

These services include emergency, trauma and critical care, surgical services, cancer services, women’s care and newborn services, paediatric services, renal unit, intensive care, cardiac catheter laboratory and mental health.

Meanwhile, A range of community-based and outreach health services will continue to be delivered on the old Tweed Hospital site in Tweed Heads.

The Tweed Heads Community Health Centre (THCHC) will be established, and will initially provide services such as wound clinics, women’s health services, stomal therapy, Child and Family services, Needle and Syringe Program counselling, Alcohol and Other Drug counselling and some antenatal services.

Additional community-based services may also be offered from the site in the future.

In the short term, services will continue to be provided from the exiting Community Health building – level 2 administration block, accessed from Florence Street.

BreastScreen NSW services will continue to be delivered from the current location at Powell Street.

For more information please visit here. The Tweed Valley Hospital’s new telephone number is: 02 6677 2000.

 

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Historic Arrival – First Baby Born at new Tweed Valley Hospital

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Historic Arrival – First Baby Born at new Tweed Valley Hospital

 

By Sarah Waters

On the day that marked a new era for healthcare in the Northern Rivers, a Tweed Shire family welcomed their newest family member into the world.

Last Tuesday, May 14, at 8.53pm, Johannah and Martin Espie’s newborn baby boy, secured a place in history as the first baby born at Tweed Valley Hospital.

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He weighed in at 2.958 kilograms.

Tweed Valley Hospital Midwifery Unit Manager Michelle Brinkman said both mother and baby were well.

“I want to extend my congratulations to the Espie family on the arrival of their gorgeous baby boy,” Ms Brinkman said.

The Espie family with their baby boy – the first baby to be born at Tweed Valley Hospital

The Espie family with their baby boy – the first baby to be born at Tweed Valley Hospital

“I also want to thank our staff in the birthing and maternity units for their work in ensuring a smooth transition into the new hospital and the safe delivery of the first baby born.”

Parents Johannah and Martin Espie said they are over the moon.

“It’s often said that it takes a village to raise a child,” Ms Espie said.

“We now consider the midwifery and obstetric team at Tweed valley Hospital a very special part of our village.

“In particular Rebecca, Dannielle, Carrie and Carly, they went above and beyond to make the birth of our son everything we’d hoped it would be, including supporting our young daughter to be present and share in the experience.

“The Tweed Valley is truly blessed to have such a wonderful facility on our door stop, with such an amazing team of skilled professionals,” she said.

 

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