The road to recovery

The Murray River is slowly dropping in Wentworth Shire Council however rises in the Darling River are still expected over the coming weeks.

Please be advised that roads and other sites will only be able to reopen when Council officers are able to assess the safety and potential damage that may result.

Roads may take weeks and in certain cases months to re-open to road users, dependant on the extent of debris clean-up, emergency repair works and level of inundation suffered. Roads closures for heavy vehicle access may still be in place for longer duration to prevent road damage as a result of sodden pavements.

We ask for road users to plan ahead and avoid flood affected areas and roads whilst the recovery phase progresses.

To keep up to date with road and other site closures in our Shire impacted by the flood event, please visit https://www.wentworth.nsw.gov.au/flood-updates-roads-other-sites/

Please remember to obey road closure signage, drive with caution and to NEVER drive through flood water.

Please be advised as we move into the recovery phase there will be a high volume of requests for the re-opening of roads. Your patience will be greatly appreciated.

To view the latest river levels and flow rates for the Lower Darling, visit https://mdbwip.bom.gov.au/16/#4.6/-31.5/147

NSW SES Flood Update 3 Jan 2023

Flood update from NSW SES at 3:49pm on 3 January 2023

Summary

Wentworth

The Bureau of Meteorology advises moderate flooding is continuing at Wentworth, where river levels are slowly falling. The Murray River at Wentworth is currently at 33.80 metres AHD and falling slowly, with moderate flooding.

The Murray River at Wentworth is likely to remain above the moderate flood level (32.68 metres AHD) through to late January.

Read the full press release below.

Dareton, Gol Gol, Boeill Creek and Buronga

The Bureau of Meteorology advises rainfall over the past months has caused renewed and prolonged flooding along the Murray and Edward Rivers. The Murray River at Mildura Weir is currently at 37.83 metres and falling, with moderate flooding.

Mildura Weir is likely to remain above the moderate flood level (37.50 m) into early January.

Based on predictions from the Bureau of Meteorology, the following areas may be impacted by dangerous floodwaters:
• Low lying areas along the Murray River may become inundated
• Local access roads may be closed due to floodwater
• Low lying sporting fields, parklands and public recreation areas are impacted by floodwater
• Amaroo Road between River Road and Boeill Creek Road
• Boeill Creek Road, Boeill Creek
• Twin Isles Drive, Curlwaa
• Ryans Road, Curlwaa
• Little Manly Lane, Curlwaa
• River Drive, Buronga
• Watch and Act – Prepare to evacuate warning remains current for Boeill Creek. See separate warning for details.

Read the full press release below.

NSW SES Community Newsletter January 2023

Community newsletter for Pooncarie and Burtundy.

Small Business or Not-for-profit organisations

GRANT FUNDING OPPORTUNITY – 26 DECEMBER 2022

If you’re a small business or a not-for-profit organisation in NSW and you’ve been directly impacted by storms and floods from 4 August 2022 or 14 September 2022 onwards, you may be eligible for a storm and flood disaster recovery small business grant.

This disaster recovery grant of up to $50,000 is to help pay for the costs of clean-up and reinstatement of a small business or not-for-profit organisation’s operations.

You must be a small business or a not-for-profit organisation in a defined disaster area (AGRN 1030 or 1034) to be eligible.

Covered costs could include, but are not limited to:

• payment for tradespeople to conduct safety inspections

• equipment and materials required for cleaning up

• equipment and materials essential for immediately resuming operations

• payment for a cleaner if the service would not have been needed, or exceeds ordinary cleaning costs, in the absence of the disaster

• the removal and disposal of debris, damaged materials or damaged stock

repairing premises and internal fittings

• leasing temporary premises within the defined disaster area, replacing or repair of motor vehicles registered for business use, or replacing lost or damaged stock, if it’s essential for resuming operations.

View the short video for hints and tips to help businesses apply for financial support with Service NSW.

For further information including eligibility criteria, visit https://bit.ly/3HY1jfC

Fencing Grant Opportunity

Fencing grants now available for landholders

Landholders have a great opportunity to receive assistance to construct fencing on their properties through the recently announced Fencing Biosecure Production Zones and Pest Knockout Grant Program.

The program will support landholders to control total grazing pressure, improve their biosecurity and undertake pest animal and pest plant control activities.

Expressions of interest are now open for this program – please review the grant guidelines prior to submitting an online EOI form.

The guidelines and online EOI form can be found on the Local Land Services NSW website www.lls.nsw.gov.au/biosecure-zones

The Fencing Biosecure Production Zones and Pest Knockout Grant Program is being delivered by LLS through funding from the NSW Government.

Commonwealth Financial Disaster Support

Commonwealth financial disaster support has been extended to more areas of New South Wales following severe storms and flooding that continues to impact large areas of the state.

The one-off, non-means tested Australian Government Disaster Recovery Payment of $1000 per eligible adult and $400 per eligible child is now available to eligible residents in Wentworth.

The easiest way for eligible people to claim is online through myGov, which is available 24 hours a day. For information on eligibility and how to apply, visit the Services Australia website or view the video below.

NSW SES Flood Update 21 Dec 2022

Flood update from NSW SES at 5pm on 21st December 2022

Summary

Wentworth

The Murray River at Wentworth peaked at 34.16 metres AHD around 11:15am Sunday 18 December and is currently at 34.13 metres and falling slowly, with major flooding.

The Murray River at Wentworth may remain above the major flood level (33.88 m) until early to
mid January.

Read the full press release below.

Dareton, Buronga, Gol Gol

The Murray River at Mildura Weir peaked at 38.37 metres AHD around 5:15 pm Wednesday 14 December and is currently at 38.21 metres and falling slowly, with moderate flooding.

The Murray River at Mildura Weir may
remain above the moderate flood level (37.50 m AHD) into early January.

Read the full press release below.

Wentworth Shire Council Christmas & New Year Closure

Please be advised that the main Administration office, Midway Service Centre, Council libraries and the workshop will be closing at 5:00pm Friday 23 December 2022. Normal operating hours re-commence from Tuesday 3 January 2023.

COUNCIL LANDFILLS

Council landfills will be closed Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Years Day. Wentworth Transfer Station is currently closed due to flood impacts. Please seek alternate waste facilities during this time.

DEPOT STORE

The depot store will be closed Monday 26 & Tuesday 27 December 2022 and Monday 2 January 2023.

VISITOR INFORMATION CENTRE

The Visitor Information Centre will have varied opening times during this period.

OPEN

Saturday 24, Tuesday 27 & Saturday 31 December 2022

9:00am – 1:00pm

Wednesday 28, Thursday 29 & Friday 30 December 2022

9:00am – 4:00pm

Monday 2 January 2023

9:00am – 1:00pm

CLOSED

Christmas Day, Boxing Day & New Years Day

Normal services/operating hours re-commence from Saturday 17 December 2022.

EMERGENCIES

For all water, sewerage, waste/landfill, cemetery and animal services emergencies, please call (03) 5027 5027.

Merry Christmas & Happy New Year from the Wentworth Shire Council.

Special Disaster Grants for Primary Producers

Assistance is now being provided to declared local government areas in NSW through the jointly funded Commonwealth-State Disaster Recovery Funding Arrangements (DRFA).

Primary producers recovering from the devastating impacts of floods are receiving vital support, with Category D Special Disaster Grants of up to $75,000 now available.

Flood affected primary producers are encouraged to apply for the grant to support recovery and get back operating as soon as possible.

Once approved, primary producers may be eligible for a $25,000 up-front payment, with a further $50,000 in financial assistance available thereafter upon submission of valid tax invoices.

Further details: https://www.raa.nsw.gov.au/disaster-assistance/storm-and-flood-programs/sdg-aug-sep-2022

Further information can also be found by contacting Graeme Witte on 0447 283 688 at the NSW Rural Financial Counselling Service.

NSW SES Flood Update 19 Dec 2022

Flood update from NSW SES at 5pm on 19th December 2022

Summary

Wentworth

The Murray River at Wentworth is currently near a peak of 34.20 metres AHD and steady, with major flooding.

The Murray River at Wentworth may remain around 34.20 metres AHD into early January, with major flooding.

A prolonged peak is possible through to early January 2023, with major flooding.

Read full press release below.

Dareton, Buronga, Gol Gol

The Murray River at Mildura Weir peaked at 38.37 metres AHD around 5:15 pm Wednesday 14 December and is currently at 38.28 metres and falling slowly, with moderate flooding.

The Murray River at Mildura Weir may remain above the moderate flood level (37.50 m AHD) into early January.

Read full press release below.