Natural Disaster Relief Assistance

7 December 2017

Rous County Council has been successful in its application for assistance under the Natural Disaster Relief Assistance Program, after the North Coast floods in March 2017. The Program will allow Council to be reimbursed up to $765,000 after restoring council-owned assets in the mid-Richmond area damaged as a result of the flooding.

A further Natural Disaster Relief Assistance Program application is current before the NSW State Government for consideration for restoration of infrastructure associated with the South Lismore and Lismore CBD Levee schemes. This application for assistance as a result of the March 2017 floods is valued at approximately $790,000.

Works have already commenced on repairs to the most adversely effected assets. Council has up until 30 June 2019 to complete and certify eligible works, to enable the grant of money to be paid.

The Program is administered by the NSW Government and makes financial assistance available to local councils under State and Commonwealth Natural Disaster Relief and Recovery Arrangements.

Rous County Council has been working closely with other local Councils, as well as State and Commonwealth counterparts, in efforts to alleviate the impact of the March flooding event upon the community. This includes the restoration and repair of essential infrastructure.



Flood mitigation options to be modelled with grant from NSW State Government

7 December 2017

Rous County Council has received an $80,000 grant from the NSW Office of Environment and Heritage to work with Lismore City Council and its Floodplain Risk Management Committee to examine flood mitigation options.

The grant will allow modelling to be undertaken, generating data to inform which flood mitigation options may be the most effective. Options for consideration include raising the height of the CBD levee, expansion of the South Lismore levee or excavation to divert floodwaters.

It is the intention to have useable data within 6 months for consideration, with modelling to begin right away.



Temporary closure of Rocky Creek Dam Water and Rainforest Reserve

4 October 2017

Rous County Council’s Rocky Creek Dam Water and Rainforest Reserve at Dorroughby will be closed, for two months from 24 October to mid-December while major upgrade works to the park amenity and carpark layout are undertaken.

Council’s Acting General Manager, Guy Bezrouchko, said the upgrade will include more car and bus parking, sealed roadways and associated landscaping.

“The Rocky Creek Dam Water and Rainforest Reserve is a significant natural attraction and very popular with families and visitors to the region,” Mr Bezrouchko said.

“There will be no public access to the reserve during the construction phase of this project.

“These upgrade works will revitalise the site as well as bring the carparking facilities up to date with traffic and accessibility standards. These activities deliver against some of Council’s commitments under its Disability Inclusion Action Plan. Council will also take this opportunity to replace the boardwalk footbridge.

Rous County Council thanks the community for their patience and cooperation while we work to make Rocky Creek Dam Water and Rainforest Reserve even better ensuring the park remains a high-quality recreational facility that the community can continue to enjoy.”



Dewatering of Emigrant Creek Dam

3 October 2017

Maintenance works will be carried out on the Emigrant Creek Dam anchorage system over the coming weeks.

To facilitate these works, water will be let out of the dam to reduce the dam’s storage to approximately three (3) metres below the full supply level. The dam’s current level is close to 95% capacity.

The dewatering is planned to commence in the week beginning 9 October 2017 and will take approximately five (5) days to reach the desired level, weather permitting.

Minor flooding of Friday Hut Road at Kirklands Crossing may occur during the dewatering. Rous County Council will work with Ballina Shire Council to minimise the impact to local residents and provide notification if Kirklands Crossing is impacted, through local signage and the MyRoadInfo website.

If you have questions, please contact Council’s Technical Customer Services Group on (02) 6623 3800.