TC Hilda recovery update

Released 8 January 2018
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Significant inroads have been made but clean-up efforts are continuing in the wake of Tropical Cyclone Hilda.

Broome Shire President, Harold Tracey, says Shire staff have worked tirelessly in difficult conditions to clean up the town and ensure the community’s safety, and their efforts are greatly appreciated.

A summary of the damage and clean-up work around the Shire includes:

  • The Town Beach precinct was re-opened on Friday after considerable hard work to remove fallen trees and hanging branches, remove tree stumps and fill in holes, and repair or remove damaged signage, shade sails, fencing and garden edging. 
  • Work underway this week in the town site includes cutting up and removing the three 'suicide' palm trees near the Conti Foreshore. 
  • Cape Leveque Rd suffered major scouring and water damage on the unsealed section, while the sealed section also suffered major damage to road edges. The Shire has had two graders and two loaders working on Cape Leveque Rd which allowed it to be re-opened last week to 4WDs under 4 tonnes. However, there are a considerable number of warning signs posted to advise of hazards and drivers are requested to take extreme caution and conditions can change rapidly. See the link below for the latest Road Conditions Report.
  • The Shire has also issued permits to allow fuel and food trucks to use the road to take essential supplies to communities on the Dampier Peninsula and has worked with the drivers to ensure they have access.
  • Around the Broome town site the clean-up has prioritised clearing and cleaning roads, footpaths and public spaces such as parks of fallen trees, hanging branches, sand and mud, and other safety hazards.  
  • Additional damage around town includes scouring of road edges in some areas that will require repair, fallen signage, and fallen goal posts at BRAC.

“It’s expected that work to clean up the town site could last for another couple of weeks,” Cr Tracey says.

Residents are requested to take responsibility for clearing their own yards and verges and depositing green waste at the Waste Management Facility as there will not be capacity for a kerbside green waste collection.

The Shire of Broome has been liaising with its insurers and also expects to make application for WA Natural Disaster Relief and Recovery Arrangements funding to ensure that the cost of the clean-up borne by the Shire of Broome and its ratepayers is minimised.

Media Contact: Shire of Broome Administration, (08) 9191 3456
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