Water Tap

Tweed residents urged to start saving water now

Tweed residents are being urged to save water now to delay the start of water restrictions.

Despite recent rains, the water situation is still critically low, with the dam level falling a whopping one percent a week.

Council last week banned water carting from the Tyalgum supply, adding to the water carting ban already in place on the Uki supply.

Further water restrictions on the Tyalgum supply are likely to be imposed soon as flows in Tyalgum Creek slow, and if there is no significant rain, it’s expected that restrictions on the town supply via Bray Park Water Treatment Plant will also be imposed before Christmas.

It’s understood the Clarrie Hall Dam is currently sitting at 96 per cent but dropping about one per cent a week, as Council continues to release 40 megalitres a day to supplement river flows and guarantee supply at Bray Park Weir.

Water and Wastewater Manager Anthony Burnham says level 1 water restrictions will be imposed when the dam reaches 75 percent full – which could be as early as Christmas.

“Elsewhere in the country we are seeing the impact of the ongoing drought – and now fires – and we urge Tweed residents not to be complacent about water security here because we, too, can be caught short.”

It’s understood Tweed residents are currently using 191 litres per person per day, with a target of 160 litres per person per day.

“In 2013, Tweed residents showed they could use less by achieving 169 litres per person a day,” Mr Burnham said.

“We then reduced that target to 160 litres per person a day and now is the time to achieve this Target 160L and extend the life of our finite water supplies.”

Council is also continuing to work towards ensuring a safe and secure water supply for the future – with plans to raise the wall of the Clarrie Hall Dam underway.

It’s also working on protecting the raw water supply at Bray Park Weir from increasingly frequent threats of tidal inundation.

To find out how to save water, click here.

For more information about Council’s Safe and Secure Water projects, click here.

Police

Three charged after allegedly hitting police officer with a car during arrest in Tweed

Three men have been charged with multiple offences after a police officer was seriously injured during an arrest in Tweed Heads yesterday.

A stolen BMW was spotted entering the car park of the Tweed Heads Hospital around 1.00am Sunday September 9, before a police car followed.

The BMW then allegedly deliberately drove at the police vehicle, crashing into the driver’s side.

More officers came to assist in the arrest, including a Senior Constable from the Traffic and Highway Patrol Command.

He was struck by the stolen vehicle and knocked to the road, sustaining a dislocated shoulder and multiple lacerations.

The BMW then reversed, hitting a car containing a 15-month-old child who was luckily uninjured, before driving out of the carpark.

The vehicle was tracked down a short time later on Avla Street, with three of the four occupants arrested.

They assisted police with inquiries, before being charged yesterday afternoon.

A 22-year-old man has been charged with police pursuit (drive speed dangerous), three counts of driving reckless/furious or speed/manner dangerous, use offensive weapon to avoid apprehension, predatory driving, armed with intent, possess implements to enter/drive conveyance, learner unaccompanied.

A 29-year-old man has been charged with be carried in conveyance and posses prohibited drug, and a 20-year-old man has been charged with be carried in conveyance and hinder police in execution of duty.

All three have been refused bail and will appear in front of Tweed Local Court today.

The Senior Constable who was struck has since been released from hospital.

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Police officer seriously injured after getting hit by car during arrest in Tweed

A police officer has been seriously injured after being hit by a car during an arrest in Tweed Heads.

About 12.20am a BMW was spotted in Tweed Heads, believed to be stolen during an armed robbery in Coopers Plains.

About 1.00am police saw the vehicle enter the carpark of Tweed Heads Hospital and followed.

The stolen BMW then allegedly drove at the police vehicle, colliding with the driver’s side.

More officers attended to assist, including a Senior Constable from the Traffic and Highway Patrol Command, who was struck by the car and thrown to the road.

Police allege the vehicle then reversed, colliding with a car containing a 15-month-old child, who was not injured.

The BMW then left the car park but was stopped a short time later on Avla Street.

Three of the four occupants were arrested including a 29-year-old man, a 22-year-old man, and 20-year-old man.

They were taken to Tweed Heads Police Station where they are assisting with inquiries.

The Senior Constable who was struck by the vehicle was taken to Tweed Heads Hospital where he is currently receiving treatment for a dislocated shoulder and lacerations/bruising.

The stolen BMW has been seized for forensic examination.

If you have information for Police, please contact NSW Police on 131 444 or provide information using their online form 24 hours per day. 

You can report also information about crime anonymously to Crime Stoppers by calling 1800 333 000 or via nsw.crimestoppers.com.au 24 hours per day. Crime Stoppers is a registered charity and community volunteer organisation.

Grass Fire

Total fire ban declared for NSW Far North Coast

A total fire ban has been declared for the New South Wales Far North Coast for Friday with hot and windy conditions forecast.

A severe fire danger is expected with temps in the high 20s and strong northwesterly winds ahead of a cool change.

The winds are expected to reach up to 45 km/h making conditions tricky for firefighters.

The total fire ban covers the Tweed, Ballina, Byron, Clarence Valley, Kyogle, Lismore and Richmond Valley shires.

It will come into effect at midnight tonight until 11.59pm on Friday.

The Rural Fire Services advises the total fire ban means no fires out in the open – you cannot light, maintain or use a fire in the open, or to carry out any activity in the open that causes, or is likely to cause, a fire.

This includes general purpose hot works, which are not to be done in the open (such as welding, grinding or gas cutting or any activity that produces a spark or flame).

NSW Fire Danger Ratings for Friday. Image: NSW RFS

Police Lights

Driver flees after motorcyclist killed in collision with car

A motorcyclist has died after colliding with a car near Tweed Heads with the driver fleeing the scene.

Two motorbikes collided with a car at the intersection of Riverside Drive and Tweed Valley Way in Tumbulgum just before 3.30 this afternoon.

One of the riders died at the scene.

The second rider was taken to Tweed Hospital with minor injuries.

The driver of the car failed to stop at the scene of the accident.

Police are now searching for a small bright blue hatchback with Queensland registration plates 170 ZCP.

Officers saying the car suffered damage to its front end in the accident.

Anyone who spots the vehicle or knows who it belongs to is urged to contact Triple Zero or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.