Message from the Mayor: 4 March 2022

As you would be aware, we are once again experiencing extreme weather conditions here in Dungog Shire. Our thoughts go out to those all along the east coast of NSW and QLD who have lost their homes, businesses and livelihoods in the recent flooding events.

Please find following some information to help everyone in our community stay safe and dry during the present extreme weather event:

  • All weather-related emergency calls are to be directed to State Emergency Services (SES) on 132500. Our local SES resources are being prioritised to where they are needed most across the Hunter region.
     
  • Roads and bridges in Dungog Shire are being inspected twice a day, with closures listed on council’s Facebook page.
     
  • As at 8.30am on Friday 4 March, Fosterton Bridge, Banfield Bridge, Thalaba Bridge, Saxby Bridge and Coxs Bridge Main Creek are all currently CLOSED. Hooke Street and Clements Road are also both CLOSED.
     
  • Please ensure you drive with caution on all of our local roads and bridges during this period of wet weather. Remember: you should never drive, ride or walk through floodwater. If it's flooded, forget it.
     
  • Dungog Library and our Dungog Waste Management Facility will also be CLOSED today due to impacts from the wet weather.
     
  • Council’s Emergency Management team are part of a daily briefing with the Area Command, which allows council to receive any important information as soon as it is available.
     
  • Yesterday, Thursday 3 March, our shire’s vulnerable communities including schools, Williams River Holiday Park, Alison Court and various other organisations were contacted directly regarding preparation for the current weather events.
     
  • For all the latest updates and advice for this extreme weather event, please visit Hunter SES.

For anyone who wishes to get in touch with me directly, I can be contacted via email or on (02) 4995 7777.

Be sensible and stay safe.

JOHN CONNORS
Mayor

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