Flood-ravaged Tweed community recognised for resilience

In April 2017, the typically picturesque Tweed Shire town of Tumbulgum was covered in mud and devastated by the death of a local mother and her two children.

Cyclone Debbie had lashed the Queensland coast with torrential rain and strong winds, with her aftermath causing flooding south of the border.

There was considerable damage done to property, but most distressingly, a local mother and her two children died when their car plunged into the Tweed River.


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The Tumbulgum Community Association stepped up, appointing coordinators and establishing a Flood Recovery and Resilience Sub Committee.

They also held community meetings, BBQs and forums to move forward with recovery efforts.

Fast forward 18-months and the village of ‘unsung local heroes’ has received a pat on the back for banding together in their time of need to come out the other side, at the 2018 NSW Get Ready Community Award and the Resilient Australia Awards.

Minister for Emergency Services Troy Grant presented the award to The Tumbulgum Community Association during a special ceremony at Parliament House in Sydney on Tuesday.

Image: Supplied | The Tumbulgum Community Association received the honour during a special ceremony at Parliament House in Sydney.

Mr Grant said while our emergency services do a tremendous job preparing and protecting the community, their efforts are often bolstered by unsung local heroes across NSW communities.

“Over the last 12 months, the Tumbulgum community has come together for this project to strengthen relationships with stakeholders and ultimately ensure they are best prepared for any future incidents,” Mr Grant said.

“This community survived horrendous events, but under the worst of circumstances showed us the amazing things local residents and community groups can achieve when they work together.”

Since graduating from University in 2003, Rachel has worked in radio in a variety of roles including announcer, journalist and copywriter. The crazy world of radio has taken her from her hometown of Toowoomba to Wollongong, Sydney, Brisbane and finally the Gold Coast when in 2009 she started writing and presenting news with Hot Tomato and myGC.com.au.

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