Flooding 2021 - Financial Assistance
In response to the recent storms and floods, Disaster Recovery Funding Arrangements (DRFA) have been activated in the 63 local government areas including the Blue Mountains.
MEGALONG ROAD UPDATE - posted at 6pm, Thursday 1 April 2021
The sealing of the temporary road at Megalong Road was completed today (1 April).
Traffic management will be in place 5am to 5pm on Friday, 2 April and Saturday, 3 April. Traffic lights are operating overnight.
From 5pm on Saturday, 3 April traffic will be controlled by traffic lights 24 hours a day until further notice.
MEGALONG ROAD UPDATE - posted at 4pm, Tuesday, 30 March 2021
The sealing of the temporary solution at Megalong Road will now take place from mid-morning on Thursday (1 April), not tomorrow (31 March) as previously advertised. There will be no vehicle access for about 3 hours on Thursday (from approximately 10am) while this work occurs. Thank you for your patience.
Council is installing temporary lights at Megalong Road tomorrow, to help manage traffic through this one lane section of the road. This will assist with traffic over the Easter long weekend.
Council contractors are also today and tomorrow cleaning up the landslip that occurred earlier this week, further down Megalong Road. Once the clean-up is complete, both lanes will be open to traffic again.
Until this clean-up is finalised there be one lane and traffic management operating.
The temporary bin compound at Megalong Road, Blackheath, will continue until Thursday (1 April). These bins are being cleared daily.
The regular waste collection service will resume in the Megalong Valley, as normal, on Friday (2 April). Thanks to our waste contractor who conducts this service on the Public Holiday.
Should you require assistance with any other matter relating to the recent natural disaster, please contact our Community Recovery Officer Rebecca Evers on 0439 620 163 or at email@example.com.
MEGALONG ROAD UPDATE - posted at 2pm, Monday, 29 March 2021
Megalong Road will partly REOPEN today (29 March) at 5pm.
Council crews have worked tirelessly since the rain stopped five days ago, in order to get one lane of the road reopened. Community members, who have been unable to drive in or out of the valley since the road was closed on 21 March, will now be able to access the area by vehicle.
Articulated heavy vehicles (those with a permanent or semi-permanent pivot joint) over 15 tonnes, are NOT allowed to access the valley currently.
Drivers should also be aware of a landslip further down Megalong Road, which is also blocking one lane.
Council cannot begin to clean this area until geotechnical engineers have developed a plan to fix it, as disturbance of this material may create a further slip.
The shuttle bus – organised by Council to assist Megalong Valley residents and businesses during the road closure – will not operate after 4pm on Monday 29 March.
The Coles service to deliver groceries to 52 Shipley Road Blackheath (Blackheath Glen Reserve) will no longer operate after Monday, 29 March now that the road is reopening.
Permanent restoration of the road is expected to take weeks, given the damage.
If you are a business owner affected by this natural disaster you may be entitled to government support. Go to financial assistance for businesses for more information.
Disaster Recovery Payment
One-off financial assistance for individuals at a rate of $1000 per eligible adult and $400 per eligible child. Claims for this payment can be lodged with Services Australia for a period up to 6 months.
Please contact Council’s Community Recovery Support Officer Rebecca Evers at 0439 620 163 or firstname.lastname@example.org if you need assistance.
Council continues to follow the advice of lead agencies in regards to this natural disaster.