* IMPORTANT UPDATE RE CATEGORY C CLASSIFICATION FOR TUMBULGUM
We have received advice that the NSW Government has included Tumbulgum in a recommendation to the Federal Government for additional locations to be designated Category C.
Thanks to all the Tumbulgum Businesses who completed the on-line survey re flood impact several weeks ago. We understand we went from 2 to 36 responses as a result.
We expect to hear the result of the Federal Government determination this week – ie, by 12 May.
See details of what is be available with Category C listing below
* WIND UP OF TUMBULGUM RECOVERY PROGRAM
We have had a hectic time since the start of this unprecedented event, with the focus on undertaking and supporting recovery efforts and activities – which have stretched us all.
Our collective efforts mean that Tumbulgum, at least superficially, has now resumed normal activities.
The Resource Recovery Centre at the Tumbulgum Hall has closed , remaining donated goods were taken in to the Hutchinsons Recovery Centre in Murwillumbah.
Hutchinsons are no longer taking further donations.
However, if you have a need for specific items, please try there.
***NOTE – HUTCHINSONS WILL CEASE OPERATING AFTER 18 MAY ****
The Murwillumbah Recovery Centre Knox Park will cease to operate Friday 12 May.
The Tumbulgum Hall has been cleaned and is now back in use and ready for hire. The co-ordination point at the Marquee on Riverside Drive has also closed down.
Thank you to all the great volunteers, including residents, who have helped to make the cleanup and support infrastructure in Tumbulgum such a great success. There are too many contributors to mention individually.
We can all be proud of the collective efforts of our community.
Please let your friends and neighbours who don’t have access to social media or the internet know what is happening, and keep safe and well.
* DISASTER RELIEF PAYMENTS
The NSW Disaster Recovery Payment (DRP) is a one-off payment of $1,000 per adult and $400 per child.
People eligible for the DRP are those who have suffered serious injury or major damage to their homes as a direct result of the disaster.
Many of you will have attended the Human Services bus when it was in Tumbulgum last week and processed your claim. Others may have lodged claims directly.
If you have not made a claim yet, the easiest way to lodge a claim is by calling the Australian Government Information Line on 180 22 66 between 8am and 7pm, Monday to Friday and between 8am and 5pm, Saturday to Sunday, or via the Human Services website.
* RECOVERING FROM THE FLOOD
The aftermath of Cyclone Debbie and the subsequent cleanup is still having an impact, even though immediate issues have been resolved in many cases.
In Tumbulgum, the level and impact of this flood exceeded that of the 1954 and 1974 floods.
There are a range of measures being made available by Authorities to assist with recovery, including:
* Special Cleanup announced by Tweed Council for Flood Affected Areas: This in now complete.
The Council Household Cleanup was also complete in Tumbulgum last week – see schedule in the Tweed Link.
*Assistance from your Telecommunications supplier(s) with interim services and restoration, eg: Telstra; contact your own supplier to see what they will do
* Thank you Tzu-Chi Foundation
The villagers of Tumbulgum would like to thank the Tzu-Chi Foundation and their volunteers who provided care packages to us on Friday 14 April.
The losses experienced by our residents have been significant, followed by over three weeks of hard work by all to restore the village and surrounds to some form of normality.
It was uplifting to experience your compassion and generosity.
Tzu-Chi Foundation (http://www.tzuchi.org.au/en/)
* Thank You Global Care (Blue Army)
Over the last month or so, volunteers from the Global Care Group (the charitable arm of Elevation Church) have been out and about in and around the village providing valuable assistance with the cleanup.
Their work is winding down for a period, as they have other commitments elsewhere, but they will be coming back later in the year to help with residual clean up work.
The community has been most appreciative of their efforts and assistance in our time of need.
NSW GOVERNOR’S BBQ