In an eye of the storm Kurri Kurri community unite
Cessnock City Council is working with emergency services following a storm sweeping through the local government area yesterday, hitting Kurri Kurri hard.
Cessnock City Mayor, Councillor Bob Pynsent took to the streets of Kurri Kurri this morning as the community enter the recovery phase.
“No doubt there is a lot of work to do in the clean-up phase but in light of the circumstances our community is showing resilience, which is no surprise, it’s what we do.”
“Council crews worked late into the night, alongside emergency services in the aftermath of the weather event.”
“Safety remains the key priority, we will be working to secure and repair damaged buildings over the coming days and will provide the community with updates as it comes to hand, “Cr Pynsent said.
Kurri Kurri Library remains closed until further notice while the damage is being assessed, all library events have been postponed.
The Kurri Kurri Community Centre has suffered significant damage, the Centre has relocated to the Kurri Kurri Youth Centre at this time. Arrangements are currently being made for the Kurri Kurri OOSH with updates to be provided shortly.
The Kurri Kurri Aquatic Fitness Centre is open however the gym remains closed until further notice. Please follow the Kurri Kurri Aquatic Fitness Centre Facebook page for regular updates.
The Kurri Kurri Ambulance Hall is closed and assessments are underway to determine the best options for the facility.
Residents experiencing problems with electricity are urged to contact Ausgrid for assistance on 13 13 88.
Council crews are working to remove trees and debris on the road reserve and in local parks and will continue to do so over the coming days.
The debris deemed unsafe will be prioritised and removed first, residents are asked to be patient during the clean-up operation.
Waste collection is expected to continue as normal today in Kurri Kurri however residents may experience some delays.
Cessnock City Council is offering assistance to those severely impacted by waiving the Garden Organics fee at the Cessnock Waste Management Centre for residents living in Kurri Kurri, Weston, Abermain and Loxford. Please provide proof of address, through the presentation of a rates notice or other documentation to staff at the Centre. This will be offered until close of business Tuesday 14 November, 2017.
Road closures remain in place, the latest information will be provided on the Cessnock City Council Facebook page.