Tweed Shire Council is undertaking emergency restoration of access across the Tweed following flooding and high-speed winds.

Council staff have been working around the clock to restore access and attend to emergency issues including removing landslips from roads, attending to road flood damage, fallen trees and debris.

Acting General Manager David Oxenham said Council’s first priority was to ensure access to shire roads and restore Council controlled areas such as parks, road reserves and public spaces.

“The Tweed experienced flooding and associated strong and destructive winds which has caused damage to roads, infrastruture, parks and vegetation,” he said.

“Council staff have been fielding many calls about the clean-up and would like to remind residents that Council’s priority is to ensure access and restoration of our roads and public areas.

“The removal of debris on private property is the responsibility of the indidivial property owner.

“We understand many households and businesses may be affected by debris and as a result Council is offering free flood/storm damage green waste disposal at Stotts Creek Resource Recovery Centre and Murwillumbah Landfill this Saturday and Sunday from 10am–4pm.”

Normal charges for green waste at the two facilities ranges from $8 for a car up to $23 for a trailer. Normal charges apply to any other type of waste. The last load for both facilities is at 3.45pm.

Council will not be collecting green waste originating from private properties or storm-damaged goods from the roadside.

“Council would like to thank the community for their patience during this time as we work around the clock to restore access across the Tweed,” Mr Oxenham said.

NSW Premier Rees today declared the Tweed, Byron, Lismore, Kyogle, Richmond Valley and Clarence Valley a natural disaster zone. (http://www.emergency.nsw.gov.au/newsarticle.html?newsid=177)

Tweed residents should contact Tweed Shire Council on (02) 6670 2400 or 1300 272 872 to report any significant road damage or fallen trees and debris that is restricting access.

All beach vehicle accesses are closed for the weekend. Council will be fixing the emergency access points early next week, weather conditions permitting. Do not attempt to take vehicles onto Tweed beaches.

Vehicular access to designated beaches is by Tweed Shire Council permit only.