News

Tumbulgum to get Floodsafe after flooding

Tumbulgum residents Geoff Butterworth and Gary Whittaker with Phil Davison(middle) from the SES on the bank of the tweed river.
Tumbulgum residents Geoff Butterworth and Gary Whittaker with Phil Davison(middle) from the SES on the bank of the tweed river. Blainey Woodham

TUMBULGUM was hit hard on the Australia Day weekend.

Flooding left devastation for some with homes inundated, furniture and possessions ruined and 25 cars lost or damaged.

Residents rolled up their sleeves and helped each other, but have been left saddened by the event, feeling there was not enough warning given prior to the Tweed River breaking its banks.

The SES met with residents to form a Floodsafe Committee to avoid a repeat of the incident.

"It's important for people to prepare by moving valuables to a higher level,' said SES spokesman Phil Davison.

Expressions of interest are being called for the committee with the aim to adopt response strategies, according to Mr Davison.

"We are seeking lateral thinkers with an interest in helping and supporting the community in moving forward in a constructive and positive manner," he said.

Tumbulgum businessman Geoff Butterworth said there were few warnings on the Australia day weekend.

'Some homes had over a metre of water come through," he said.

Resident of 20 years, Gary Whittaker said the community banded together and felt they would do so again in preparation for further flooding.

"Adequate warning is essential," he said.

Mr Butterworth said a siren had been suggested as a way to warn all residents.

Prospective member of the Floodsafe Committee need to be familiar with local issues, have an understanding of the SES and its role in assisting the community in floods, storm and tsunami.

They should be able to commit to the group and its aims, understand the difficulty in implementing strategies and actively participate as a team member.

Call Janet Pettit on 02 6625 7700 or email on janet.pettit@one.ses.nsw.gov.au for more information.

Topics:  tumbulgum



The pacemaker cells of your gut

Restroom sign

Living Naturally: problems with the gut

Dunn eyes Millions for Group level push

TRAINING MASTERS: Matt and Keira Dunn at a Murwillumbah Racecourse race day.

Trainer eyes a cast of millions.

Pennant season out of sync?

SWING DOCTOR: Norman Carmichael, pictured with Julie Keegan, has sadly passed away.

Greg Kelly: On the mat.

Latest deals and offers

MOVIE REVIEW: Life on the Road

Ricky Gervais, Ben Bailey Smith and Foregone Conclusion (Steve Clarke, Andy Burrows, Stuart Baxter Wilkinson, Michael Clarke) in a scene from David Brent: Life on the Road.

Ricky Gervais has brought David Brent back to life on the big screen

Jessica Alba wants tequila shots served at her funeral

Businesswoman and actor Jessica Alba

There won't be mourning at this funeral

Tom Hiddleston's Instagram account hacked

Actor Tom Hiddleston

Thor star the latest celebrity targetted by hackers

Charlize Theron's son dresses up as Frozen character

Actor Charlize Theron

Star's son spotted dressed a beloved Frozen character

BOOKS: Food for thought in Caroline Beecham's latest novel

Maggie's Kitchen by Caroline Beecham is published by Allen & Unwin, RRP $29.99.

New novel reminds readers that bravery exists in many forms

TELEVISION: New show is a Survivor, for now

Jonathan LaPaglia hosts the TV series Australian Survivor.

WHAT happens when a new show with a big budget flops?

REVEALED: Pat Rafter's $18m Coast house on the market

Check out the photos of the Coast's most expensive property for sale

The "correction we had to have" in Gladstone's rentals

UPWARD MARCH: The rental vacancy rate in Gladstone has improved for the first time in more than a year, providing a confidence boost in the market.

Vacancy rates improve with signs that things are getting betterF

ISLAND FOR SALE: Cheap Fraser Coast island drops price again

Suna Island in the Great Sandy Strait will be auctioned by Ray White Hervey Bay on Saturday morning.

This is the cheapest island you will find for sale in Australia

How a family home can fit on a 250sq m block

This is what you can build on 250m2.

Here's the floor plan of a home built on 250sq m

Investors eye Gladstone's $4m island with resort approval

UP FOR SALE: Turtle Island is on the market.

CHINESE and Sydney investors flag interest in Gladstone island.

Take a sneak peek at this $19m Whitsunday mansion

Mandalay House features a private helipad.

Mandalay is currently on the market with an asking price of $19m