Tweed Daily News

Schools close their doors

STUDENTS will have plenty of free time on their hands today, with most Tweed schools to remain closed.

Both public and Catholic schools from Evans Head to the Queensland border were closed yesterday morning on the advice of the State Emergency Service, which was worried that falling trees as well as flood waters could block roads later in the day.

Parents were asked to collect children although supervision was provided until normal afternoon bus services for children who could not be collected.

Sports fields are likely to become the next victim of forced closures, with many expected to be off limits at the weekend.

Murwillumbah-based district education director Ron Hankin said the SES notified the department at 8am yesterday that schools should not open.

“Under normal circumstances it is a school's call whether they think they can operate in weather conditions like this,” Mr Hankin said yesterday.

“This morning 12 schools had already decided, because of access to the school and the ability of staff to get to the school, they wouldn't be able to operate. At eight o'clock we received advice from the SES not to open.”

Mr Hankin said emergency services feared not only heavy rain but also fierce winds which had already brought down numerous trees and could block roads later in the day.

A decision was made yesterday afternoon to keep public schools closed today.

Despite improving weather north of the border, Mr Hankin said schools could not guarantee access or staffing and a number had damage from fallen trees and branches.

A spokesperson for the Lismore Catholic diocese, Father Peter Karam, said Catholic schools from the border to Woodburn and including those in Lismore, Casino and Kyogle regions, would close until further notice.

The Tweed River Regional Art Gallery was closed yesterday.

Other cancellations included yesterday's Senior's Expo at Murwillumbah, Murwillumbah Showground markets this weekend and the Miss Tyalgum Ball, which has been rescheduled for July 4.

• See today's back page for information on local sporting field and event closures.

Roads closed

Some of the roads closed include:

• Cane Rd Tygalgah

• Clothiers Creek Rd Tanglewood

• Eviron Rd

• Pottsville Rd Mooball

• Queensland Rd Murwillumbah

• Tweed Coast Rd Cudgen

• Tweed Valley Way at Chinderah and Tumbulgum

• Urliup Rd Bilambil

• Wooyung Rd

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