Flood clean-up and recovery update 7 April

Friday, 07 April 2017

Lismore City Council will be sending some of the potential 15,000 tonnes of waste left in the aftermath of the flood to a Queensland waste disposal facility.

The Lismore Recycling & Recovery Centre can no longer cope with the volume of waste being delivered, which is now around 1000 tonnes per day.

The material is being sent to the Ti Tree Bioenergy Facility, an old coal mine pit that will be capped and the methane converted to electricity to power homes.

“It is not ideal to have to send waste to another facility, but these are definitely exceptional circumstances. If we don’t send some waste away we won’t have enough room in landfill for the city and we will have to build a new landfill cell worth millions of dollars,” Mayor Isaac Smith said.


“Our facility has done an amazing job and we continue to recycle as much as we can, but the sheer volume is overwhelming.”


The Lismore CBD is now open to traffic however eight roads still remain closed around the Local Government Area. Crews will continue to work round the clock until access is restored to all roads.


The Lismore Recovery Centre has now been established at 120 Dalley Street, East Lismore (entrance via Military Road) to help local residents and businesses in the recovery phase. The centre is a one-stop-shop for affected residents, businesses and farmers to access recovery assistance from a range of agencies and organisations.


Agencies based at the recovery centres will include NSW Health, Disaster Welfare, Primary Industries, insurance agencies, Family and Community Services, Business Connect, Legal Aid, EPA, Centrelink, Red Cross and Safe Work NSW.


The Lismore Recovery Centre will be open from 8am to 6pm daily including weekends and public holidays. A shuttle bus will run from the Lismore Transit Centre to the Recovery Centre every 30 minutes on the hour and half hour from 9am to 5pm.


For more information about how to seek assistance visit www.emergency.nsw.gov.au.


Latest waste and clean-up advice

* Lismore CBD open to traffic. Crews will continue clean-up and rubbish removal over the weekend in the outer CBD and residential areas.


* NSW Fire Service volunteers are available to help people with hosing down over the weekend and into next week. Phone 132 500 to log your job.


* Lismore Recycling & Recovery Centre over the weekend from 9am to 4pm for free flood drop-offs.


* All rotting food in green bins should be reported to 1300 87 83 87 for immediate pick-up.


* Rural kerbside pick-up to occur in flood-inundated villages once residential areas completed.


* Bins that have been lost in the flood will be replaced. Phone 1300 87 83 87.


* Brewster Street Drop-off Centre has reopened.

There are still eight roads not fully open. These are: Boatharbour Road (culvert collapse); Cawongla Road (landslip); Gungas Road (culverts washed away); Keerrong Road (landslip); Koonorigan Road (landslip); Oakey Creek Road (culvert washed away); Suffolk Road off Blue Knob Road (culvert washed way); and Swan Bay Road (floodwaters). Inspection of the major road network continues with access for residents the top priority. Once major roads are all reopened Council will begin inspecting more minor roads. Roadworks planned before the flood have been postponed until further notice. For road closure updates, visit www.myroadinfo.com.au.

Nimbin rural water supply is now restored. The boil water notice is still in effect for these residents. Potable water is available from Allsopp Park.

Clyde Campbell Carpark pop-up shops

Banks and other service providers are being provided space for temporary pop-up shops in the Clyde Campbell Carpark until their businesses can reopen. CBD retail outlets have also been offered 34 free pop-up retail spaces at Lismore Square for six weeks with tables, power and security at no cost. Availability limited. Email admin@lismorechamber.com.au.

Volunteering and Free Laundry Service

The Lismore Helping Hands Hub is at the old Railway Station in South Lismore needs more volunteers to help with clean-up efforts this weekend. Please go in to register and help out. Free laundry service available (both washing and drying) courtesy of Orange Sky Laundry. There is also coffee and food packages available. The hub is open 8am to 6pm daily. If you need help cleaning your home or business, go to www.lismore.recovers.org or drop into the centre with your needs.

Council is running a Lismore Flood Appeal to raise money for the worst-affected residents and businesses. You can donate at www.gofundme.com/lismorefloodappeal or direct to the Lismore City Council Flood Appeal Account (BSB: 062-565, Account Number: 10864633).

Lismore Memorial Baths
Lismore Memorial Baths will be closed until the spring swimming season and all Learn to Swim lessons and holiday swimming intensives will now be held at the Goonellabah Sports & Aquatic Centre, which has extended operating hours as follows:

  • Sunday, 9 April: 10am to 5pm
  • Monday, 10 April: 6am to 8pm
  • Tuesday, 11 April: 6am to 8pm
  • Wednesday, 12 April: 6am to 8pm
  • Thursday, 13 April: 6am to 8pm
  • Good Friday, 14 April: CLOSED
  • Easter Saturday, 15 April: 8am to 5pm (creche open as usual)
  • Easter Sunday, 16 April: 8am to 4pm
  • Easter Monday, 17 April: 8am to 4pm

Lismore Library
Has resumed normal operating hours.

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