Council is doing the final check of roads today. Main roads have been cleared and residential roads and driveways are now a priority for our crews, including contractors, Correctional Services and Australian Defence Force personnel.
Today specialist teams with an expert arborist have commenced assessing trees on private properties, including potentially unstable trees.
Teams are working to clear busy shared paths around Nightcliff Foreshore, Jingili Watergardens and Lee Point Road. Shared paths and verges around schools are also a priority now. It is unlikely that all shared paths will be cleared in time for tomorrow’s ‘Ride to School Day’.
The damage across our parks and reserves is extensive. Teams assessing parks and playgrounds started work yesterday but the full extent of damage is not yet known. Some exclusion zones are being set up in the parks, but this is by no means comprehensive.
A list of parks that have been assessed as being safe will be added to our Cyclone Marcus web page darwin.nt.gov.au/cyclonemarcus.
Lord Mayor Kon Vatskalis asks the community to avoid parks and reserves, and emphasizes the need to exercise extreme caution if needing to enter these areas.
“Please avoid parks with fallen trees. Do not let your children play on uprooted trees, they might be tangled in electrical cables and danger may not be visible. Damaged play and exercise equipment may be dangerous. And there may be unstable overhanging branches. Please use common sense and keep safe,” said the Lord Mayor.
“Our crews are working incredibly hard and long hours. Many of them have damage to their own properties and some still don’t have power. They are doing a magnificent job in clearing the cyclone damage and making our City safe again.”
Council has over 300 people working on our cyclone response including Council crews, contractors, arborists, surveyors, 110 Defence and 40 Correctional Services personnel.
“I was proud today to show Leader of the Opposition Bill Shorten how our community has come together in response to this cyclone.”
“Thank you to everyone in our community who is looking out for each other and helping wherever and how ever they can from providing shelter and food, chainsaw skills, utes for green waste transport or just offering neighbourly support.”
Council’s Cyclone hotline is 89803616. Currently over a thousand jobs have been logged. These jobs give a quick snapshot of the impact across our suburbs. Anula, Malak, Karama and Wulagi have the most jobs logged with Ludmilla, Jingili and Stuart Park recording a high proportion of urgent jobs.
For the latest updates check our Cyclone Marcus FAQs on our website darwin.nt.gov.au/cyclonemarcus
Update on Council Services and Facilities
Casuarina Pool remains closed until further notice as a result of unstable trees and some structural damage.
Avoid entering parks. No parks have yet been assessed as safe.
The road through East Point Reserve is open for vehicles to access Defence of Darwin Experience and Equestrian Club. Avoid other areas of the Reserve until further notice.
- Nightcliff Pool and Parap Pool are open.
- All public libraries are now open.
- Bin collection is operating as normal. If bins are not emptied, please let Council know by phoning 1800 290 581.
- The Pound is open.
- Malak, Nightcliff and Lyons Community Centres are open.
- Fun Bus is now operating at indoor venues until parks are safe for use.
Call Centre for Council related Cyclone damage 8980 3616