The Fingal Head Community Association investigated recent historical flooding events that have occurred in our Fingal Head Community in northern Rivers New South Wales as part of our Community Resilience Initiative.
The river flood data required was provided by the Bureau of Meteorology, in accordance with the FOI Act relating the historical River Height data for the:
1. Tweed River at Chinderah (mAHD) – Station number 558010 2. Tweed River at Tumbulgum (mAHD) – Station Number 558014
For the periods:
- Cyclone Debbie from the period 10am March 30, 2017 to 10am April 2, 2017
- Major rain bomb event in northern rivers from the period 10am Saturday February 26, 2022 to 10am Friday March 4, 2022
Additional river flood data has been provided by the Tweed Shire Council using data sourced from Manly Hydraulics P/LFlood-Analysis-2017-2022
NOTE: The 1st flood peak that occurred at Tumbulgum on the Thursday night, 3 days before Fingal Head flooded.
High Tide Fingal Rd Closure Dec 2020
The Fingal Head Community Association investigated the historical high tide flood event that occurred in December 2020, where Fingal Road was inundated during high tides over three consecutive days.
Applying the Barney’s Point data puts the FINGAL ROAD FLOODS AT APPROXIMATELY 1.25m mAHD (Slide 4).High-Tide-Fingal-Rd-Closure-Dec-2020
It gives me great pleasure to advise that FHC Member Alex Dale was recently announced as the recipient of the Tweed Shire Council Australia Day 2023 Volunteer Award. Alex has been and still is a very active Member of FHC. For many years he served with great distinction as Nursery Manager for FHC. Alex’s award also relates to volunteer services he provides for a number of other Community Organisations in the Tweed.
On behalf of the FHC membership, I congratulate Alex on receiving this award. Very well deserved and great recognition of Alex’s community work.
Please see a photo of Alex planting a tree with Hon Justine Elliot, MHR for Richmond as part of FHC’s Jubilee Planting Event on Fingal Peninsula on Saturday, 28 January, 2023.
Fingal Head Coastcare is deeply indebted to the Northern Rivers Community Foundation for their generous grant which enabled the purchase of all materials to refurbish our two seedling benches. Together with the assistance of the River Tracks Team and Fingal Head Coastcare volunteers, the build was completed in one day. This endeavour would not have been possible without the assistance of both NRCF and RiverTracks Team.
We have completed the installation of Nursery benches the material for which was funded by donation form NRCF – see link as follows:
The RiverTracks team provided the labour along with FHC team members to construct the 2 benches in only one day with NRCF provided the funds to purchase all the materials.
Fingal shares some common features with Mt Zero e.g. diversity of habitat and a place for glossy black cockatoos. Fingal just pip’s them on bird count – 244 for Mt Zero and 246 for Fingal Head !!
There the similarities tend to diminish e.g. 59,138 hectares at Mt Zero. The excellent thing about Mt Zero is that it abuts the Paluma National Park so together they provide a wonderful wilderness area for fauna and flora protection.Mt-Zero-Taravale-Briefing-Note-202290
Our community can bookmark and check out the Tweed Shire Council’s Tweed Emergency Dashboard.
If you get lost trying to find river levels in the BOM web site, just go to the Tweed Emergency Dashboard and click on the big button marked “River heights” – it will take you to the Tweed River section of the BOM web site.
Once in there you can view the graphical plots of all the river gauges on the Tweed River, at Barney’s Point, the closest to Fingal Point.
If you look at the river heights from the past few days you’ll be able to see the effects of the rain in our upper catchments from a few days ago and yesterday. There will be two spikes in the river heights.