As Deputy Mayor, I wanted to take this opportunity to thank all of our emergency responders, including council staff, who were at the frontline of our storm and flooding events this past week, and who all worked tirelessly to ensure the safety and wellbeing of our entire community.
Fortunately for the Dungog Shire, the latest bulletin issued by the SES on Tuesday 23 March indicates that flooding is no longer expected along the Paterson and Williams Rivers, and locations in this area have fallen to below the minor flood level, with no further flooding anticipated at this time.
This is good news for our local community, and as we breathe a collective sigh of relief, our thoughts are with many other communities around the state that have been completely devastated by these latest extreme weather events.
Dungog Shire has been disaster-declared, so for anyone in our community who has been impacted by these recent events, you are encouraged to get in touch with Resilience NSW on 13 77 88 or via the Resilience NSW website.
Over the past few days, council crews have also been inspecting, repairing and reopening roads throughout our shire.
Currently, the only road closure still in place in Dungog Shire is Bingleburra Road, Gresford, due to a land slip that will require more extensive restoration works.
Four of our bridges also currently remain closed, but as waters recede our crews are working to clear debris and trees from our bridges, and hope to be able reopen them as soon as it is safe to do so.
I urge you all to please continue to drive with caution on all of our local roads. Do not enter or drive through floodwaters for any reason and beware of fallen trees.
If you wish to report incident information, please include a specific location to help us most effectively manage these incidents.
For any other activities, events or happenings around our shire, please contact council by phone on 4995 7777 or email on firstname.lastname@example.org
We look forward to hearing from you.
CR STEVE LOW AM