Flood damage update

Burnie City Council officers are still busy assessing damage and cleaning up after the floods that wreaked havoc across the State earlier this week.

Burnie City Council Mayor Anita Dow said, “In the Burnie municipality, Wivenhoe was most adversely affected as the Emu River burst its banks inundating businesses and causing millions of dollars worth of damage.”

“The Deputy Mayor and myself have spoken with some of the businesses in this area and we have seen first-hand the damage this flood has done. The power of the flood waters is undeniable, and while we appreciate that significant damage has been caused to some businesses, we are grateful that there was no-one seriously injured or worse, as a result.”

“We are calling on Minister Hidding to facilitate a quick resolution for the removal of the debris at the Emu River rail bridge. We urge the State Government to review the impact the rail bridge, and associated debris, had on the extent of the flooding of the Wivenhoe area, and to identify opportunities to prevent the potential impact of floodwaters in the Emu River in the future.”

“Council is currently liaising with Tasrail in relation to the best way to proceed for removal of the debris at the Emu River rail bridge.”

“Outer areas of the municipality were impacted with road closures, bridges impassable and the closure of parks and reserves. As is stands today, all roads that were closed, including West Ridgley Road, Oonah Road, River Road and Fernglade Road, are now open. Restoration work will continue on West Ridgley and Oonah Roads over the next couple of weeks.”

“We are fortunate in that we have suffered limited damage to bridge structures. Road damage has occurred in some areas, but crews are currently working to repair.”

“Fernglade Reserve and Guide Falls Reserve remain closed to the public while clean-up and an infrastructure assessment is undertaken. At this stage both of these reserves will remain closed over the long-weekend.”

 “There was some damage to the jetties at the South Burnie boat ramp and further assessment is currently being undertaken. Crews are currently working to restore access to the ramps, however at present access to the jetties is not permitted.”

"It is too early to comment in relation to the financial impact these floods have had on the city, however we should have an indication in coming days.”

“These floods have been devastating, not just for our community, but for communities throughout the State. Council’s thoughts are with those communities that have suffered great loss in recent days. If history has taught us anything, our communities are resilient, and while it may take some time, they will bounce back, stronger than ever.”

“Council extends its gratitude to all the emergency services personnel, including volunteers and Council works crews, for the super effort they put in to make the municipality as safe as possible during this event.”

For people wanting to donate either goods or money, several appeals have been established including the City of Burnie Lions Club NW Flood Appeal. For those wanting to donate they can do so through B&E Burnie Branch – BSB: 632001, Account Number: 100171867, Account Name: Flood Appeal – or email burniecity@lionstasmania.org.

 The State Government is also providing crisis funding up to $2,500 to eligible famers through the Rural Relief Fund (RRF). To apply visit www.ruralbusinesstasmania.org or call 1300 883 276. People who want to support rural communities are encouraged to donates to the Rural Relief Fund at selected IGA stores, at any ANZ branch, online at www.ruralbusinesstasmania.org.au/Relief-Fund or by phoning 1300 883 276.

For further information please contact

Janine Phillips
Communications Officer
Burnie City Council
03 6430 5716 or 0448 568 728

Email: jphillips@burnie.net