Readiness and Recovery

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The Macleay Valley Recovery Hub

Have you or your community been impacted by the recent natural disasters to affect the Kempsey Shire?

Are you looking for information on how to be ready for future events?

Want to meet neighbours, attend an event or learn more about Council's recovery programs?

What is Readiness and Recovery?

Kempsey Shire Council has received significant grant funding to dedicate resources to support the community in recovering from previous natural disasters and to help prepare for any future emergencies.

The key projects that Council has committed to and the allocations of grant funding are outlined in the Recovery Action Plan, which is reported to Council quarterly. You can download the latest Recovery Action Plan Report.

Key Updates

Council is currently undertaking extensive work to rebuild infrastructure, support communities, and tell our community's story.

More information on Council activities can be found on the Kempsey Shire Council website

How can I get involved?

New funding, projects and opportunities for the community to be involved or get better prepared are regularly added to the program. Sign-up to this page to be included in updates and reminders.

Current Readiness and Recovery projects

More activities coming soon

  • Creative recovery training
  • Community resilience program

For information on past Readiness and Recovery projects please read through the updates below and on the Bushfire and Drought Recovery page and 2021 Flood Recovery page.

Ongoing community readiness

How can we be better prepared for a disaster?

Being aware and prepared is everyone’s responsibility. As we enter bushfire season, you should undertake the 5-step Get Ready for Bushfire Plan. The NSW state emergency management plan outlines four steps to emergency management:

  • Prevention
  • Preparation
  • Response
  • Recovery

Kempsey Shire Council are a partner in the Get Ready Program for local councils

For more information see the Kempsey Shire Council Fire, Flood & Emergencies page

Resources to help

  • Find help through Vinnies
  • Service NSW Assistance for individuals and businesses 137788
  • Insurance Council of Australia 1300 795 534
  • NSW Mental Health Line 1800 011 511
  • Lifeline is here to listen 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Phone Lifeline on 13 11 14 or text 0477 13 11 14 (midday to midnight).
  • Get to know this list of Disaster Recovery Services in the Kempsey Region
  • Get live updates from disaster agencies on the Disaster Dashboard

Have you or your community been impacted by the recent natural disasters to affect the Kempsey Shire?

Are you looking for information on how to be ready for future events?

Want to meet neighbours, attend an event or learn more about Council's recovery programs?

What is Readiness and Recovery?

Kempsey Shire Council has received significant grant funding to dedicate resources to support the community in recovering from previous natural disasters and to help prepare for any future emergencies.

The key projects that Council has committed to and the allocations of grant funding are outlined in the Recovery Action Plan, which is reported to Council quarterly. You can download the latest Recovery Action Plan Report.

Key Updates

Council is currently undertaking extensive work to rebuild infrastructure, support communities, and tell our community's story.

More information on Council activities can be found on the Kempsey Shire Council website

How can I get involved?

New funding, projects and opportunities for the community to be involved or get better prepared are regularly added to the program. Sign-up to this page to be included in updates and reminders.

Current Readiness and Recovery projects

More activities coming soon

  • Creative recovery training
  • Community resilience program

For information on past Readiness and Recovery projects please read through the updates below and on the Bushfire and Drought Recovery page and 2021 Flood Recovery page.

Ongoing community readiness

How can we be better prepared for a disaster?

Being aware and prepared is everyone’s responsibility. As we enter bushfire season, you should undertake the 5-step Get Ready for Bushfire Plan. The NSW state emergency management plan outlines four steps to emergency management:

  • Prevention
  • Preparation
  • Response
  • Recovery

Kempsey Shire Council are a partner in the Get Ready Program for local councils

For more information see the Kempsey Shire Council Fire, Flood & Emergencies page

Resources to help

  • Find help through Vinnies
  • Service NSW Assistance for individuals and businesses 137788
  • Insurance Council of Australia 1300 795 534
  • NSW Mental Health Line 1800 011 511
  • Lifeline is here to listen 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Phone Lifeline on 13 11 14 or text 0477 13 11 14 (midday to midnight).
  • Get to know this list of Disaster Recovery Services in the Kempsey Region
  • Get live updates from disaster agencies on the Disaster Dashboard
  • An update on the Toose Road landslip: edition seven

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    Kempsey Shire Council has committed to providing regular updates to residents and landowners directly impacted by the landslip on Toose Road.

    Update to geotechnical advice on the landslip

    As per previous updates, initial Geophysics investigations have occurred at the slip site using ground penetrating radar. Unfortunately, there was no rock found to 15 metres which confirms a short-term repair solution is not feasible at the slip site.  

    Fieldwork to provide further geophysics information has occurred last week. The purpose of this work was to find rock at a greater depth. The data produced from the field work is still being processed, however initial feedback received indicates rock at a depth of 17-35m, this depth varies across the slip plane. A more detailed summary of findings is expected to be received over the next week.

     Note that the investigations being undertaken on the site of the slip relate to the long-term options and no immediate clearing or construction on this site has been proposed.

    Construction update - short term access

    Progress has been pleasing since the last update, with our crews able to make significant inroads on Fifes Creek Road. The rock experienced at the top of Cut 3 has been challenging as expected, progress has slowed since hitting the high strength material however progress continues.

    Below is an update on each of the four main components of the trail:   

    • Cut 1 is complete, however it will require some more work to lessen the grade.    
    • Cut 2 is now complete, this cut has followed a different path to that shown due to ease of construction and improved grade.
    • The Ridge Trail has been cleaned of vegetation and for the length of the line shown in orange the grade is reasonable, this area only requires a tidy up and some gravel in places.   
    • Cut 3 is the most complex cut and will join an existing cut from the Telstra Tower – Toose Road trail. This cut is now approximately 95% established and has progressed since last week's update (see photos). The rock at the top of Cut 3 is very hard and is making progress slow in the final stages of the cut, it is estimated a length of 30m remains to finalise the rough in process of this cut.

    Council staff continue to work on Fifes Creek Road to ensure that the alternate route includes acceptable conditions for access into Kempsey. The Fifes Creek Road team have continued to focus on gravel resheeting and corner improvements this week. Additional works to be completed include the continuation of gravel re-sheeting, corner improvements, placement of cattle grids, pipes and concrete causeways.

    Pending progress with Cut 3, over the next week Council expects to be able to advise on the likely opening timeframe of the short term route, noting that initially movement may be restricted to essential or emergency movements only.

    Investigation update - long term access

    As advised at community meetings the long-term reinstatement of a publicly accessible road is likely to take in the order of two years.    

    These access options are being considered in more detail, a project team within GHD are working on mapping formal route options and costings. Progress is being made on the development of these options with a draft report expected to be received within the next week for Council staff to review.

    Once the draft report is finalised, community input and feedback will be sought with the aim of selecting a suitable long-term option to allow detailed planning and consultation to commence. This shall also be in collaboration with Transport for NSW who administer natural disaster funding for restoration of road assets.

    Stock movements

    Local Land Services is in direct contact with property owners regarding options for temporary upgrades to the stock yards at the Travelling Stock Route (TSR) by Five Day Creek off Towal Road (#R1002042).

    Refer also to Update 6 with respect to potential support from the ADF and Transport for NSW. Council staff await feedback from these agencies. The short term access shall also be able to be assessed as to suitability to provide for stock movements once nearing or fully complete.

    Emergency provisions and supply

    Resilience NSW has confirmed a bulk feed air resupply on Thursday 30 June.

    All goods must be delivered to the lift site – they cannot be collected by Council.
    To be included in this operation contact Beth Bickford by 2pm Tuesday 21 June; 0459 717 441
    *Resilience will not lift any goods not detailed with Beth by 2pm Tuesday 21 June.

    Flood recovery assistance

    Council is liaising with Service Australia to bring specialist Disaster Grant Officers to Bellbrook to help resident’s whose income has been directly impacted by the landslip apply for grants.

    The Disaster Recovery Allowance (DRA) is a short-term (13 week) payment to help you if you lose income as a direct result of a declared disaster. Payments can be backdated to the time of impact. The fastest way to claim is by calling 180 22 66.

    More information

    If you have any questions or issues please call Customer Service on 6566 3200 and ask to speak to the Readiness and Recovery Team.

    For more information head to www.ksc.pub/tooseroad

    If you are seeking any more information about Council head to www.kempsey.nsw.gov.au

    Cut 2:

    Cut 3:


  • An update on the Toose Road landslip: edition six

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    Kempsey Shire Council has committed to providing regular updates to residents and landowners directly impacted by the landslip on Toose Road.

    Update to geotechnical advice on the Landslip

    As per previous updates, initial Geophysics investigations have occurred at the slip site using ground penetrating radar. Unfortunately, there was no rock found to 15 metres which confirms a short-term repair solution is not feasible at the slip site. Fieldwork to provide further geophysics information has occurred this week. The purpose of this work was to find rock at a greater depth, results are anticipated to be available within the next week. This process will help inform whether a long-term solution to repair the slip face is achievable. Any actions on the site of the slip relate to the long-term options and no immediate clearing or construction on this site has been proposed.

    Construction update - short term access

    Progress has been pleasing since the last update, with our crews able to make significant inroads on Fifes Creek Road and Cut 3. The rock experienced at the top of Cut 3 has been challenging as expected, progress has slowed since hitting the high strength material however progress continues.

    Below is an update on each of the four main components of the trail:

    • Cut 1 is complete, however it will require some more work to lessen the grade.

    • Cut 2 has commenced, however the ridge line is quite steep in places and requires a cut across the face of the ridge. Further progress has occurred on this cut since the last update and is nearing completion.

    • The Ridge Trail has been cleaned of vegetation and for the length of the line shown in orange the grade is reasonable, this area only requires a tidy up and some gravel in places.

    • Cut 3 is the most complex cut and will join an existing cut from the Telstra Tower – Toose Road trail. This cut is now approximately 90% established and has progressed since last week's update (see photos). The rock at the top of Cut 3 is very hard and is making progress slow in the final stages of the cut.


    Council staff continue to work on Fifes Creek Road to ensure that the alternate route includes acceptable conditions for access into Kempsey. Significant progress has occurred on this route and includes widening, gravel placement, intersection improvements, crossing improvements and vegetation removal to enhance road alignment. The Fifes Creek Road team has primarily focused on gravel resheeting this week with further resheeting planned to occur next week. Additional works to be completed include the continuation of corner improvements, placement of cattle grids, pipes and concrete causeways.

    Investigation update - long term access

    As advised at community meetings the long-term reinstatement of a publicly accessible road is likely to take in the order of two years.   

    These access options are being considered in more detail, a project team within GHD are working on mapping formal route options and costings. Progress is being made on the development of these options.

    This work has commenced, staff are commencing on site investigations and a high-level report will be produced in the near future.

    Stock movements

    The Australian Defence Force (ADF) via Resilience NSW and Transport for NSW continue to be liaised with regard to the potential for a temporary bailey bridge over the Macleay River or provision of high clearance trucks to provide for stock movements. Council staff have identified a potential location to these agencies. Council staff await feedback from these agencies as to whether these options may be supported.

    As the short term access to Fifes Road nears completion it will be able to be assessed as to suitability for providing for stock movements. Per previous advice the access shall be a minimum of 4WD standard, with this standard comfortably achieved based on works undertaken to date.

    Emergency provisions and supply

    Council is awaiting confirmation from Resilience NSW of a future bulk feed aie resupply on either Thursday 30 June or Thursday 14 July.

    Details of the resupply will be confirmed in the next update, Thursday 16 June.

    Flood recovery assistance

    Council continues to advocate with State Government agencies to have local case managers appointed to assist impacted residents connect to financial support.

    As soon as this is resolved, the Readiness & Recovery Team will be in direct contact with residents who have registered their details with Service NSW.

    Tropical Soda Apple

    Council apologises to residents on Toose Road for the automation of a letter detailing potential fines should TSA not be controlled on your property. These letters were sent to all properties who have once had TSA identified on them.

    As acknowledged at the face-to-face meeting held at Council on Monday 9 May, we understand the limitations on control while residents remain isolated, unable to source deliveries or freely access all areas of their properties.

    TSA continues to be a significant concern and Council is investigating funding options to support ongoing control and eradication programs on private property, of which Toose Road remains a priority area.

    Control measures continue along the river with contractors being able to access priority sites via the river, with positive progress being made.

    More information

    If you have any questions or issues please call Customer Service on 6566 3200 and ask to speak to the Readiness and Recovery Team.

    For more information head to www.ksc.pub/tooseroad

    If you are seeking any more information about Council head to www.kempsey.nsw.gov.au

    Cut 3 - Dozer view

    Cut 3

  • An update on the Toose Road landslip: edition five

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    Kempsey Shire Council has committed to providing regular updates to residents and landowners directly impacted by the landslip on Toose Road.

    Update to geotechnical advice on the Landslip

    As per previous updates, initial Geophysics investigations have occurred at the slip site using ground penetrating radar. Unfortunately, there was no rock found to 15 metres which confirms a short-term repair solution is not feasible at the slip site.

    Further geophysics has been arranged to occur during the week commencing the 6th of June with the intent of finding rock at a greater depth. This process will help inform whether a long-term solution to repair the slip face is achievable.

    Any actions on the site of the slip relate to the long-term options and no immediate clearing or construction on this site has been proposed.

    Construction update - short term access

    Progress has been pleasing since the last update as the weather has allowed works to proceed. Images taken on the 2nd of June are attached at the bottom of the newsletter.  

    There are four main components of the trail, being cut one, cut two, ridge trail and cut three.  

    Below is an update on each of the four components of the trail:  

    • Cut 1 is complete, but will require some more work to lessen the grade.  

    • Cut 2 has commenced, however the ridge line is quite steep in places and requires a cut across the face of the ridge. Further progress has occurred on this cut since the last update and is anticipated to be completed next week.

    • The Ridge Trail has been cleaned of vegetation and for the length of the line shown in orange the grade is reasonable, this area only requires a tidy up and some gravel in places.  

    • Cut 3 is the most complex cut and will join an existing cut from the Telstra Tower – Toose Road trail. This cut is now approximately 80% established and has progressed significantly since last weeks update (see photos). The rock at the top of Cut 3 is very hard and is making progress slow in the final stages of the cut.



    Council staff continue to work on Fifes Creek Road to ensure that the alternate route includes acceptable conditions for access into Kempsey.

    Significant progress on this work included widening, gravel placement, intersection improvements, crossing improvements and vegetation removal to enhance road alignment.  

    Investigation update – long term access

    As advised at community meetings the long-term reinstatement of a publicly accessible road is likely to take in the order of two years.   

    These access options are being considered in more detail, a project team within GHD are working on mapping formal route options and costings.  

    This work has commenced, staff are commencing on site investigations and a high-level report will be produced in the near future.

    Stock movements

    The Australian Defence Force (ADF) via Resilience NSW and Transport for NSW continue to be liaised with regard to the potential for a temporary bailey bridge over the Macleay River to provide for stock movements. Council staff have identified a potential location to these agencies. Council staff await feedback from these agencies as to whether this option may be supported.

    As the short term access to Fifes Road nears completion it will be able to be assessed as to suitability for providing for stock movements. Per previous advice the access shall be a minimum of 4WD standard, with this standard comfortably achieved based on works undertaken to date.

    Emergency provisions and supply

    Bulk fodder was air lifted to two properties on Thursday 2 June (see photo below).

    Air resupply of groceries has ceased in anticipation of the Fifes Road access being complete.

    Further fodder resupplies will be reassessed at Monday 4 July.



    More information

    If you have any questions or issues please call Customer Service on 6566 3200 and ask to speak to the Readiness and Recovery Team.

    For more information head to www.ksc.pub/tooseroad

    If you are seeking any more information about Council head to www.kempsey.nsw.gov.au

    Cut 3 Lower Section (2 June 2022)

    Cut 3 Upper Section (2 June 2022)

    Fifes Creek Road works (2 June 2022)


  • Register for the Strength, Support and Community Program 2022

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    Strength, Support & Community is a program of FREE community activities to promote resilience and mateship within the Kempsey Shire.

    A variety of FREE activities, workshops and public talks are being offered across 2022. Browse the activities listed below, to register your interest in attending please click on your desired activity and you will be directed to Eventbrite. If emailing please include the activity name, your name and your contact number.

    Spots are limited. By registering you will secure your attendance.

    All events are FREE for residents of the Kempsey Shire, all you have to do is register.

    Building Personal Resilience
    Environmental Resilience
    Practical Farming Skills
    Weed and Feral Pest Management
  • An update on the Toose Road landslip: edition four

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    Kempsey Shire Council has committed to providing regular updates to residents and landowners directly impacted by the landslip on Toose Road.

    Update to geotechnical advice on the Landslip

    As per the previous update, initial Geophysics investigations have occurred at the slip site using ground penetrating radar. Unfortunately, there was no rock found to 15 metres which confirms a short-term repair solution is not feasible at the slip site.

    Further geophysics has been arranged to occur during the week commencing the 6th of June with the intent of finding rock at a greater depth. This process will help inform whether a long-term solution to repair the slip face is achievable.

    Any actions on the site of the slip relate to the long-term options and no immediate clearing or construction on this site has been proposed. 

    Construction update - short term access

    Construction progress of the Toose Road to Fife’s Creek Road trail has been delayed due to the recent rainfall. However, progress has been pleasing on the day’s works have been able to proceed.Images taken between 17 - 20 May are attached.

    Weather is anticipated to continue to impact the completion of this access trail given current forecasts.

    There are four main components of the construction of the trail, being cut one, cut two, Ridge Trail and cut three.

    Below is an update on each of the four components of the trail:


    • Cut 1 is complete, but will require some more work to lessen the grade 

    • Cut 2 has commenced, however the ridge line is quite steep in places and requires a cut across the face of the ridge. Progress on this cut has been delayed due to wet weather and to allow the dozer and excavator operator to focus on the more complex cut 3.

    • The Ridge Trail has been cleaned of vegetation and for the length of the line shown in orange the grade is reasonable, this area only requires a tidy up and some gravel in places.

    • Cut 3 is the most complex cut and will join an existing cut from the Telstra Tower – Toose Road trail. This cut is now approximately 60% established and has progressed significantly since last weeks update.

    See below a diagram of the four components of the trail for reference. 


    Council staff continue to work on Fifes Creek Road to ensure that the alternate route includes acceptable conditions for access into Kempsey.  

    Significant progress on this work included widening, intersection improvements, crossing improvements and vegetation removal to enhance road alignment.

    Investigation update – long term access

    As advised at community meetings the long-term reinstatement of a publicly accessible road is likely to take in the order of two years. 

    These access options are being considered in more detail, a project team within GHD are working on mapping formal route options and costings.

    Emergency provisions and supply

    Resilience NSW has confirmed an air supply drop of fodder for Thursday 2 June, utilising a sling to transport bulky goods. Residents will be responsible for the provision of mechanical assistance to load and unload these bulk goods. Newman Hollis is assisting to coordinate: Any bulk deliveries must be logged with Beth Bickford by COB Friday 27 June: 0459 717 441

    This is the last scheduled air supported resupply, in anticipation of the Fifes Road alternate access route being completed within the next fortnight, weather permitting.

    Large bulk fodder requirements will be assessed in July.

    Flood recovery assistance

    Resident concerns of the lack of accessible financial support has been escalated to Resilience NSW. Council awaits a response and will continue to advocate for direct case management for those directly impacted.

    Council is working to escort a mobile mechanic to properties isolated by the landslip. Community Recovery Officer Beth Bickford will be in direct contact with those impacted to confirm dates and requirements.

    Service NSW is offering licensing and registration support for flood victims including extensions to registrations and license renewals. To discuss your personal situation and receive assistance in lodging an application, please contact the Service NSW Kempsey Customer Care representative:
    Fiemea Clarke: 0448 292 387 | fiemea.clarke@service.nsw.gov.au

    More information

    If you have any questions or issues please call Customer Service on 6566 3200 and ask to speak to the Readiness and Recovery Team.

    For more information head to www.ksc.pub/tooseroad

    If you are seeking any more information about Council head to www.kempsey.nsw.gov.au


    Cut 1 (below)

    Cut 1 (second photo, below)


    Cut 3 (see below, has commenced)
    Ridge Trail Cleaned ready for gravel (see below)



  • Work begins on next stage of Devils Nook landslip fix

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    Another big step has been taken on the journey to clearing the major landslip at Devils Nook on Armidale Road.

    Kempsey Shire Council has commenced works to remediate the large landslip that occurred on Armidale Road at Devils Nook in January 2021.

    Council has been awarded Transport for NSW funding of $3,809,000 to undertake large-scale civil and geotechnical engineering construction to stabilise the site, which is approximately 6km east of Bellbrook.

    The landslip occurred in 2021 after prolonged wet weather, pushing large amounts of rock into roadside barriers and necessitating short-term road closures as Council engaged contractors to clear the debris with earthmoving equipment.

    Council’s Manager Infrastructure Delivery, Dylan Reeves, said the impacts of severe weather had been felt across Kempsey Shire, with Devils Nook being one of many sites still requiring remediation.

    “We are continuing to work through our repair program from recent flood events, which will ultimately see about $30 million of natural disaster funding invested in repairing the shire’s infrastructure,” said Mr Reeves.

    “We understand upriver residents have faced many challenges as a result of weather events in the past few years and thank them for their patience and cooperation as we repair the damage to key routes across the valley.”

    Traffic control will be in place at the site during the works, which will last about 10 weeks. Residents are requested to cooperate with road crews and follow signage. For more information head to ksc.pub/devilsnook

  • An update on the Toose Road landslip: edition three

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    Kempsey Shire Council has committed to providing regular updates to residents and landowners directly impacted by the landslip on Toose Road.

    Construction update - short term access

    The most viable short term access route identified will connect Fifes Creek Road to Toose Road via the Telstra telecommunications tower.

    Construction progress of this route has been delayed due to the recent rainfall. However, it is anticipated that work will recommence this week with council staff due to inspect the site May 19.

    Unfortunately, more rainfall is predicted which may cause further delays with construction. Further updates will be provided in Edition 4.

    There are four main components of the construction of the trail, being cut one, cut two, Ridge Trail and cut three.

    Below is an update on each of the four components of the trail:

    • Cut 1 is complete, but will require some more work to lessen the grade

    • Cut 2 has commenced, however the ridge line is quite steep in places and requires a cut across the face of the ridge as shown in purple (see diagram). The dozer operator is in the process of establishing this cut.

    • The Ridge Trail has been cleaned of vegetation and for the length of the line shown in orange the grade is reasonable, this area only requires a tidy up and some gravel in places.

    • Cut 3 is the most complex cut and will join an existing cut from the Telstra Tower – Toose Road trail. The cut must traverse a steep hillside to avoid the highest point of the range and keep the trail at an acceptable grade. This cut is yet to commence and will be completed after Cut 2.

    See below a diagram of the four components of the trail for reference.

    Council staff continue to work on Fifes Creek Road to ensure that the alternate route includes acceptable conditions for access into Kempsey.

    Significant progress on this work included widening, intersection improvements, crossing improvements and vegetation removal.

    GHD has provided approval to remove some trees on Fifes Creek Road which will make the road wider and allow truck access for construction and maintenance activities.

    Update to geotechnical advice on the Landslip

    Regional Geotechnical Solutions visited the slip site and provided a second opinion as requested. The site visit confirmed the original geotechnical advice to be accurate and the report was provided at the most recent community update.

    GHD arranged for Geophysics to occur at the slip site using ground penetrating radar. Unfortunately, there was no rock found to 15 metres.

    Further geophysics are being arranged by GHD with the intent of finding rock at a greater depth. This process will help inform whether a long term solution to repair the slip face is achievable.

    Any actions on the site of the slip relate to the long-term options and no immediate clearing or construction on this site has been proposed.

    Investigation update – long term access

    As advised at community meetings the long-term reinstatement of a publicly accessible road is likely to take in the order of two years.

    These access options are being considered in more detail, a project team within GHD are working on mapping formal route options and costings.

    Stock movements

    The Local Member Pat Conaghan has escalated the request for ADF support via the relevant Minister (Bridget McKenzie). Resilience NSW have sought further advice on this request from Council, which has been provided. Council awaits the advice of Resilience NSW on whether support shall be available.

    There is no update available from Local Land Services regarding the request for temporary additional yards at the Travelling Stock Route (TSR) by Five Day Creek off Towal Road (#R1002042).

    Emergency provisions and supply

    Air support for a resupply of groceries and pig feed has been confirmed and arranged for the afternoon of Thursday 19 May. Isolated residents and landowners are responsible for the purchase of provisions, but there is no government cost passed on for the logistics support and costs of air supply.

    The next air resupply will be Thursday 2 June, with deliveries to be confirmed with Beth Bickford by COB Friday 27 May. This flight will utilise a sling to deliver bulk feed requirements.

    Further air support to achieve future feed deliveries is not scheduled, however this will be assessed in early July.

    Flood recovery assistance

    Council has been advised of the significant time and emotional demand on impacted residents trying to access financial support. Council continues to advocate for our residents and has escalated our concerns with Resilience NSW seeking clarity and action.

    The Readiness & Recovery Team will be in touch with residents directly to advise of progress.

    If you know someone is overwhelmed or not themselves, please check in with them.

    It’s ok not to feel ok –there is FREE and confidential support available.

    Phone Lifeline on 13 11 14 or text 0477 13 11 14 (midday to midnight).

    More information

    If you have any questions or issues please call Customer Service on 6566 3200 and ask to speak to the Readiness and Recovery Team.

    For more information head to www.ksc.pub/tooseroad

    If you are seeking any more information about Council head to www.kempsey.nsw.gov.au

  • Free clean-up for bush fire affected properties

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    Properties and landowners affected by the 2019-20 bushfires who need to dispose of fire-affected fencing materials or need help clearing, felling or disposing of fallen trees could be eligible for a free clean up.

    Kempsey Shire Council will be undertaking Operation Property Clean Up with professional contractors to assist residents with the clean-up.

    The project is funded under the NSW Environment Protection Authority’s FenceCycle Program and Bushfire-Generated Green Waste Clean-Up and Processing Program, which has been generated by the the joint Commonwealth-State Disaster Recovery Funding Arrangements.

    Council’s Agricultural Project Officer, Ali Briggs, said the project aims to help bushfire impacted residents and landowers safely remove fire affected materials from their property.

    “Our Shire had over 63,000 hectares and 600 private properties that were adversely affected by the bushfires,” she said.

    “This has presented a large clean-up effort and one that just doesn’t happen overnight.

    “For many landowners who still have fire affected materials remaining on their property it’s a constant reminder of the devastating impact and shock of the fires.

    “This program provides the machinery, the manpower and the support to clean up fire affected waste and take those reminders away and to help assist them with ongoing recovery.”

    Residents are encouraged to check their eligibility for the program and submit an application to council.

    “Council staff will endeavour to process applications as quickly as possible and applicants will be contacted if successful with further details to make arrangements for the clean-up. In bitter irony, rain sodden ground may impact the timing for when machinery can be bought in for the clean-up” Ms Briggs said.

    For more information and to submit an application click here

    Alternatively contact council on 6566 3200 for more information.



  • An update on the Toose Road landslip: edition two

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    Kempsey Shire Council has committed to providing regular updates to residents and landowners directly impacted by the landslip on Toose Road.

    Update to geotechnical advice on the Landslip

    As requested by residents, Council arranged a peer review and second opinion of the geotechnical investigation into the slip site.

    Regional Geotech Solutions report is attached to this update. The report is based on a detailed field inspection and peer review of the original GHD report.

    The report provided by Regional Geotech Solutions confirmed the findings of the initial GHD report and reiterated the complexity and dangers of the slip site.

    Transport for NSW inspected the site on Friday 3 May, providing technical expertise, reviewing the two geotech reports and facilitating an update for the Minister for Regional roads.

    Recognising the community desire to further investigate the slip and determine repair options, GHD have conducted geophysical surveys of the site using ground penetrating radar. Rock was detected either side of the 90 meter slip face but radar could not detect rock within the penetration depth of 15 metres. This indicates a more significant thickness of dangerous colluvial material than first anticipated.

    Formal assessment and investigation of constructing a bridge or similar structure across the slip face has not been carried out and is not currently identified as a short or long term option. Rectification of the slip face remains a potential long term solution, however the initial estimates to undertake this work are costly, complex and require further investigations to confirm feasibility.

    Field work will continue in order to ascertain the depth of the colluvial material and whether there is viable presence of rock. Seismic radar will be used in coming weeks as this technology can penetrate a greater depth of material, this process will confirm if a long term solution of repairing the slip face is achievable.

    Construction update - short term access

    The most viable route identified will connect Fifes Creek Road across to Toose Road via the telecommunications tower.

    Construction progress is going smoothly with machinery reaching the tower by Friday 6 May. The focus for w/c 9 May is on the roadway down from the tower.

    All available resources are working on this construction including contracted dozer and excavator; 20+ tonne excavator working on removing trees from Fifes Creek Road; Council’s upriver team working with graders and backhoe to install pipes and complete grading. Highly experienced staff and contractors with significant local knowledge are involved in the project

    Construction is currently on target to be achieved within the originally advised four to six weeks. Indications are the road could be open in approximately a fortnight, however weather has and is expected to cause delays to the construction works. Further updates will be included in Edition 3.

    Council reiterate that this construction is outside the realms of standard engineering practice, regarding designing the road at the same time as its being built.

    Council’s engineers are progressively inspecting and assessing the road, the strength of rock and gradient as its being built. Safe access for vehicles larger than 4WD can’t be confirmed until construction is complete.

    Acknowledging the impact of additional travel time using this route, the construction will involve replacing five gates on Fifes Creek Road with cattle grids.

    Legal agreements to access private land are being finalised, using a private agreement model. Legally this short term access road is for the purpose of accessing identified properties and will not be classed as a public road.

    Investigation update – long term access

    The agreed options analysis will consider three alternatives – repairing the existing slip; a bridge crossing the Macleay River in an alternative location; and constructing a new over range route.

    Each option requires significant detailed analysis to develop cost benefit estimates required to access NSW Government natural disaster funding.

    Long term access requires provision of a public access road, essentially replacing the level of access that was previously in place. Restoring public access will also prevent long term impacts on property values of currently isolated land.

    Council sought community feedback on the preferred location of a river crossing, should a bridge be determined as the most viable long term option. While identifying Gap Creek as the fairest crossing point for most affected properties the residents strongly advised that a specific meeting is required with all landholders who would potentially be affected by construction of a public road and bridge.

    This meeting will be convened in coming weeks.

    Stock movements

    Council have been advised that landowners have made direct requests to Resilience NSW and Federal Minster regarding the need to get stock to market, and subsequent costs of feed.

    Local Member Pat Conaghan sought to escalate the request for ADF support through a meeting with the relevant Minister (Bridget McKenzie). Status of the request is yet to be confirmed.

    A request for temporary additional yards at the Tavelling Stock Route (TSR) by Five Day Creek off Towal Road (#R1002042) has been forwarded to Local Land Services on May 11.

    Emergency provisions and supply

    Resilience NSW has confirmed an air supply drop on Thursday 19 May. Residents are to advise Council’s Community Recovery Officer, Beth Bickford of requirements by COB Friday 13 May.

    Beth Bickford: 0413 057 363 | beth.bickford@kempsey.nsw.gov.au

    To support weaning of calves, an air supply of large lucerne bales will be achieved by sling. Landholders are required to have mechanical loading available at the collection and delivery sites, with final bale numbers to be confirmed by COB Friday 20 May.
    *due to the current demand on resources in Northern NSW, these dates cannot be altered -and further air resupply support is not guaranteed.

    Royal Flying Doctor Service medical chest was delivered to Rose Chirva, as the central access point, on Friday 3 May. This resource will be monitored and updated every three months.

    An emergency fuel delivery was scheduled for late this week, however, has been cancelled due to refuelling being achieved by residents independently.

    Flood recovery assistance

    Residents and landowners met with DPI last week and will continue to work through a case management approach to address individual needs. Follow-up appointments are being convened with agencies including Service NSW, funding bodies, Centrelink and Rural Financial Counselling Service.

    Department of Primary Industries can assist Primary Producers in sourcing financial support:

    1. $75,000 Grant – You will need latest Business & Personal taxation returns as well as the latest LLS rate notice for your property.

    1. $130,000 Loan – Requires last three years Business & Personal taxation returns as well as the latest rate and LLS notices for your property.

    1. Natural Disaster Transport Subsidy

    1. Please contact Rob Edwards to register:
      Rob Edwards | Recovery Officer
      Rural Recovery Support Service - Mid Coast
      NSW Department of Primary Industries
      Mob 0417443635 | Email rob.edwards@dpi.nsw.gov.au

    Service Australia can support impacted workers to connect with financial support via the Farm Household Allowance. Please contact Diane McCafferty to find out more:

    Diane McCafferty, A/G Service Centre Manager
    Phone 02 6561 4715 (204715) | 0439 431 440

    Residents have been advised that Council is not legislatively able to consider rate relief once rates have been issued. A paper will be presented to Councillors for consideration as part of the June Council meeting, prior to the 2022/23 rates being issued.

    Issues raised by community

    Council continues to progress TSA management within riparian zones along Toose Road. Access to control contractors remains open and continues as a priority location. Management of TSA on private property remains the responsibility of landholders, however, any questions relating to potential additional resources can be directed to Customer Service 6566 3200.

    Council is working on creating access for a mobile mechanic to work on several machinery issues raised by multiple residents.

    Request to provide Council with email addresses of any affected residents or landowners who aren’t currently on the distributing list for regular updates.

    More information

    If you have any questions or issues please call Customer Service on 6566 3200 and ask to speak to the Readiness and Recovery Team.

    If you are seeking any more information about Council head to www.kempsey.nsw.gov.au

  • Festival of Small Halls coming to Stuarts Point and Hat Head

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    The Festival of Small Halls Resilience Tour will kick off locally with renowned songwriters Ash Bell and Sara Tindly as well as emotive troubadour Melanie Horsnell set to take the stage in Stuarts Point and Hat Head.

    Presented by festival producers Woodfordia Inc, this year marks the 26th year of the regional music tour which is specially targeted at bushfire affected communities.

    Despite the Stuarts Point Community Hall set to undergo some renovations from 16 May, that won’t deter the tour from going ahead at the hall on Sunday 29 May from 3:30pm. A temporary and inclusive access to the hall will be created for the event.

    Come along and enjoy an afternoon of live music while supporting the local Country Women’s Association’s fundraising supper, a dinner put on by the Stuarts Point and District Community Organisation (SPADCO) and the chance to win some lucky door prizes.

    Doors open at 3:30pm with music starting at 4pm.

    The second event in the tour will be held at the Hat Head Surf Life Saving Club on Wednesday 1 June from 5:30pm.

    Local talent Heath Lancaster will also join the music line up at the Hat Head show to deliver an acoustic performance.

    Come along and enjoy a night of live music, a fundraising dinner for the Hat Head Surf Life Saving Club and the chance to win some lucky door prizes.

    Doors open at 5:30pm with music starting at 6pm.

    To purchase tickets for the Stuarts Point or Hat Head events click here

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