Reflecting on the 2022 flood, one year on

Reflecting on the 2022 flood, one year on
Reflecting on the 2022 flood, one year on

It will be a time of mixed emotions and memories for Tweed residents next week as the community remembers the flood events of February and March 2022.

The biggest floods in the Tweed’s recorded history left behind a trail of destruction, physically, financially and emotionally.

Now, 12 months on, the flood recovery continues and not just in a physical sense. Just as the community came together after the flood waters receded to help with the clean-up, next week the community is encouraged to come together once again to help with the emotional rebuilding of lives.

Several events are planned, each allowing individuals, families and groups to not only reflect on the events of 2022 but also to come together to move forward.

From community get-togethers to individual opportunities to relate experiences and emotions in simple ways, there are activities designed to offer support and encouragement.

The community is invited to a reflection ceremony at Nicoll Park in Murwillumbah at 11:30 am on Tuesday 28 February, a symbolic action to help us make peace with the Tweed River. Refreshments will be provided to encourage a cuppa and a chat.

Mayor of Tweed Shire Chris Cherry said this small and brief community gathering was one way to acknowledge and mark the milestone.

“We will be casting flowers into the water to let go and to make peace with the river, which flows through and unites our Shire and gives life to the Tweed,” Cr Cherry said.

“The idea of this is a personal moment to honour the river and the connections it brings, whether it is the creek on your farm, your favourite swimming hole or the wide river where all the waters meet. Let’s take a moment to embrace its beauty again.

“If you feel this simple symbolic gesture would be of benefit to you and your recovery, please come along and cast out flowers for a fresh start and hope for the future.

“We acknowledge everyone’s journey is different, and some affected by the flood may be starting this second year feeling emotionally drained as well as lacking certainty about their future. But we are here to help each other and to provide a shoulder to lean on if needed.

“Flowers will be provided or if you would prefer to bring your own flowers (perhaps from your garden which may have been flooded a year ago) you are encouraged to do so. If you are unable to attend, you could do this simple ceremony yourself, in your own time with your loved ones.”

Other events being held during the week will include:

Monday, 27 February – Saturday 4 March 2023
Disaster Recovery of Personal Stories (DROPS)
Murwillumbah Civic Centre auditorium, 10-14 Tumbulgum Road, Murwillumbah
Mon – Fri, 10 am – 2 pm, Sat, 9 am – 12 pm   
The Red Cross and Tweed Shire Council are providing an opportunity for the community to share their own 2022 flood experiences though words or adding to an art installation at the Civic Centre during the week, starting on Monday 27 February 2023 and running until Saturday 4 March. This community event will be open to participants from 10 am to 2 pm from Monday to Friday and from 9 am to 12 pm on Saturday. This is open to all residents of the Tweed Shire and people who supported in the clean-up and recovery who can participate through a drawing, story, poem, song or reflection. In the spirit of renewal and growth, the first 50 participants daily with receive a free seedling.
For more information, visit facebook.com/redcrossauestweedbyron

Tuesday, 28 February 2023
Business Kingscliff
Salt Bar, 1 Bells Boulevarde, Kingscliff
6:45 am – 8:30 am
Business Kingscliff is inviting everyone to a free community breakfast from 6.45 am to 8.30 am. Sponsored by the Salt Bar, the morning will also feature Tweed musician Ollie Twohill performing his new single, Washed Away, based on the experiences of people directly impacted by the 2022 floods. For catering purposes, please RSVP to [email protected]

Tuesday, 28 February 2023
Making peace with the river
Nicoll Park, 5 Tumbulgum Road, Murwillumbah (adjacent to the Coolamon Centre)
11:30 am – 12 pm
Led by Mayor of Tweed Shire Chris Cherry, this symbolic event provides an opportunity for the community to make their peace with the river by the ceremonial casting of flowers into the water. Free flowers and morning tea will be provided.

Tuesday, 28 February 2023
Chinderah Community Hub BBQ
Unit 23, 18 Ozone Street, Chinderah
4:30 pm – 6:30 pm
A free community barbeque and get together will be held at the Chinderah Community Hub from 4:30 pm to 6:30 pm. This is an alcohol-free event. For more visit the Chinderah Donations Hub on Facebook.

Tuesday, 28 February 2023
Hub 2484 Community Gathering
Shop 7, Palm Court, 41 – 45 Murwillumbah Street, Murwillumbah
5:30 pm – 8 pm
A community gathering will be held at Hub 2484, from 5:30 pm to 8 pm. This will be a barbecue dinner and will feature music and crafting and boards games for the children. For details visit facebook.com/hub2484

Saturday, 4 March 2023
Pottsville Community Resilience Together Community Get-Together
St Mark’s Anglican Church gardens, 15A Coronation Avenue, Pottsville
8 am – 12 pm
The Pottsville Community Resilience/Together Pottsville group will be holding a free community event in the Anglican Church grounds from 8 am to 12 pm. The event will include community gardening, a clean-up of the area ahead of the annual Clean Up Australia Day, and a barbecue will commence from 10 am. This is an alcohol-free event. For details email [email protected]

Source: tweed.nsw.gov.au

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