STORM TIDE EVACUATION GUIDE - Townsville City Council

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STORM TIDE EVACUATION GUIDE - Townsville City Council

TOWNSVILLE

STORM TIDE

EVACUATION GUIDE

This guide is used to inform residents of predicted

storm tide flooding associated with a tropical cyclone

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Message froM the Mayor

North Queensland is one of the most cyclone-prone areas in

Australia. Like many of our neighbouring coastal communities,

natural disasters are a price Townsville residents pay for living

in paradise.

Along the coast, storm tides can occur as a result of a cyclone.

Cyclone threats in our region could result in an evacuation of

particular areas in our city. We will only order an evacuation if

a storm tide threatens to inundate developed areas.

This Storm Tide Evacuation Guide is to help you, as a resident,

prepare for cyclone events that result in an evacuation. If you

are not required to evacuate, your home is often the safest

place for you. Before a cyclone event you will need to make

sure that you are secure in your home. If you feel you are not

secure in your home please make alternative arrangements

with friends and family.

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If you are told you have to evacuate, you should make your way

to family or friends in ‘higher places’ outside the threatened

zone. Townsville’s Local Disaster Management Group has

cyclone shelters available for community members who have no

other alternative. Remember that these shelters are intended for

use only when all other plans have failed. Shelters unfortunately

do not have the capacity to cater for people with special needs;

and there is also no support services such as bedding, food,

drink or material aid.

I urge you to read the information provided in this booklet

and understand the evacuation procedures. In the event of a

cyclone or storm tide, take immediate action by following the

checklists included in this booklet.


What is a storM tide?

A storm tide is a rise above the normal water level along a shore that is the result of a tropical cyclone.

When a cyclone forms over open waters the strong winds pushing the water, combined with the low atmospheric pressure in

the eye of the cyclone cause the level of the sea to rise, which results in the formation of large waves.

If this happens away from land, the water can escape and move freely away from the building storm. As the cyclone moves

towards land and the depth of the water becomes shallower, the ever-increasing wall of water does not have a chance to flow

away. These large waves may inundate land and cause destructive damage to anything in its path.

Please note that inundation by storm tide is not comparable with riverine flooding. Storm tides will be accompanied by gale

force winds, with successive waves of seawater rapidly moving across the foreshore. Trees, building material and other debris

may be carried along by the storm tide. Any evacuation must occur prior to the storm tide event.

A storm tide event should not be confused with a tsunami. A tsunami is a series of waves generated by a sudden upward

movement of the ocean floor, normally due to earthquakes and is NOT related to a cyclonic event.

HIGH TIDE

MEAN SEA LEVEL

LOW TIDE

HIGH TIDE

MEAN SEA LEVEL

NORMAL HIGH TIDE

LOW TIDE

STORM TIDE

Storm Surge + Normal Tide = Storm Tide

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Storm Tide

Storm

Surge

Normal High Tide


What is a cyclone?

A tropical cyclone is a violent collection of whirling winds and dense cloud mass. Winds spiral clockwise around a central eye of

exceptionally low pressure. With winds reaching speeds in excess of 200km/h, cyclones can be extremely dangerous.

What are cyclone categories?

The severity of a tropical cyclone is measured by a category determine by the Bureau of Meteorology.

Cyclone categories range from 1 for weaker cyclones to 5 for the most severe cyclones. This helps the community assess the

severity of the cyclone and take appropriate actions.

The category of a cyclone refers to the severity of winds in a maximum wind zone. You may not experience the effects of the

maximum winds. Damage experienced may vary according to location factors.

The category of a cyclone does not refer to an associated storm tide. Warnings for a storm tide will be issued separately by the

Bureau of Meteorology (BOM).

cyclone Watch

A cyclone watch is issued at six hourly intervals if a cyclone or potential cyclone exists, and there is a likelihood gale force winds

or stronger will affect coastal or island communities within the next 24 to 48 hours.

cyclone Warning

A cyclone warning is issued at three hourly intervals if gale force winds or stronger are expected to affect coastal or island

communities within the next 24 hours. Warnings are updated every hour when a cyclone is close to landfall. The Standard

Emergency Warning Signal (SEWS) may be used with some cyclone warnings.

severe Weather Warning

A severe weather warning may be issued if the system is no longer a cyclone but communities are still being threatened by

damaging winds, flooding rains or pounding seas.

category strongest gUst (km/h) tyPical eFFects

1 Tropical Cyclone

2 Tropical Cyclone

3 Severe

Tropical Cyclone

4 Severe

Tropical Cyclone

5 Severe

Tropical Cyclone

less than 125 km/h

gales

125 - 164 km/h

Destructive Winds

165 - 224 km/h

very destructive winds

225 - 279 km/h

very destructive winds

More than 280 km/h

extremely destructive winds

Minimal house damage. Damage to some crops, trees and caravans.

Boats may drag moorings.

Minor house damage. Significant damage to signs, trees and caravans. Heavy

damage to some crops. Risk of power failure. Small boats may break moorings.

Some roof and structural damage. Some caravans destroyed. Power failure

likely.

Significant roofing and structural damage. Many caravans destroyed and

blown away. Dangerous airborne debris. Widespread power failures.

Extremely dangerous with widespread destruction

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What iF i aM in an evacUation Zone?

If your property is located in an evacuation zone, you need to read this booklet. This important booklet also includes coloured

labels. Council suggests that you place one coloured label in your meter box and one under your kitchen sink. It is important to

understand what you need to do in the event of a storm tide.

Identify where your residence is located on the evacuation map and familiarise yourself with your evacuation zone and routes.

If you are in a red, orange, yellow or blue zone, there is a chance that your property may be inundated in a storm tide event. The

height of the predicted storm tide during the disaster event will determine which zones are affected.

If you are not located in a coloured zone, you are outside the storm tide inundation threat area.

hoW to reaD anD the Use the storM tiDe evacUation MaPs

1. Identify where your residence is on the map.

2. If you are in one of the coloured zones, you may be at risk from storm tide flooding during cyclones.

3. Identify your evacuation route to your pre-determined safer location. For further information on evacuation visit council’s

website www.townsville.qld.gov.au.

4. During a cyclone event tune into warnings, authorities will advise which zones need to evacuate.

evacuation Zones

reD evacUation Zone - INDICATES AREAS AT HIGHEST RISK OF FLOODING FROM CYCLONE STORM TIDE.

orange evacUation Zone - INDICATES AREAS AT HIGH RISK OF FLOODING FROM CYCLONE STORM TIDE.

yelloW evacUation Zone - INDICATES AREAS AT MODERATE RISK OF FLOODING FROM CYCLONE STORM TIDE.

BlUe evacUation Zone - INDICATES AREAS AT LOW RISK OF FLOODING FROM CYCLONE STORM TIDE.

What Do storM tiDe evacUation Zones Mean?

Residents in the red Zone face the highest risk of inundation from a cyclone storm tide. The red Zone includes low-lying coastal

areas and areas that may experience storm tide inundation up to approximately 1 metre above HAT.

Residents in the orange Zone face a high risk of inundation from a cyclone storm tide. The orange Zone may experience storm

tide inundation up to 1m above the top of the red zone (approximately 2 metres above HAT).

Residents in the yellow Zone face a moderate risk of inundation from a cyclone storm tide. The yellow Zone may experience

storm tide inundation at levels up to 2m above the top of the orange zone (approximately 2 to 4 metres above HAT).

Residents in the Blue Zone face a low risk of inundation from a cyclone storm tide. The Blue Zone may experience storm tide

inundation up to 2m above the top of the yellow zone (higher than approximately 4 metres above HAT).

What is HAT?

HAT stands for Highest Astronomical Tide. A HAT is comparable to a king tide. It is the highest level of water which can be

predicted to occur under any combination of astronomical conditions. BOM advices regarding storm tide will refer to a height

(in metres) above HAT. Council will use this BOM information to advise which zones may be affected.

What is an evacUation shelter?

An evacuation shelter is a building, or part of a building, specifically designed and constructed to provide protection from wind

and debris during the passage of a severe tropical cyclone.

Evacuation shelters are a safe place that will allow for seating and may not necessarily be capable of accommodating persons

for extended periods.

Where possible, evacuees should be encouraged to seek shelter with family and friends in higher places outside the at risk area.

If you are self evacuating and not be staying within a public shelter building, please register your location via the National

Registration and Inquiry System available on the Australian Red Cross website (N.B. this will be activated at the time of the pending

disaster).

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eMergency contact details

all life threatening/Urgent emergency calls

townsville local Disaster Management group - Coordination Centre

townsville state emergency service (ses) - Tarping/Branches Down

Police (Non life-threatening calls)

ambulance (Non life-threatening calls)

Fire Brigade (Non life-threatening calls)

townsville city council - Emergency After Hours

ergon energy - Loss of Supply and Emergencies

origin energy natural gas and lP gas emergencies - Leaks only

racQ - Road Reports

telstra - Faults

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000

1800 738 541

13 25 00

07 4759 9777

13 12 33

07 4771 2111

1300 878 001

13 22 96

1800 808 526

1300 130 595

13 22 03

townsville hospital 07 4796 1111

PreParing your household for an evacuation event

checklist For evacUation

� Are you in an evacuation (coloured) zone?

� Is the zone you are in currently under threat?

� Has official advice been given to evacuate?

� Do you know where you will be evacuating to?

� Is your evacuation point further inland, on higher ground and secure?

� Do you know the preferred route for evacuation?

� Is your vehicle full of fuel?

� If your not staying in a local public shelter, have you registered your location on the national registration and enquiry system?

� Have you included your Emergency Kit and a copy of your Emergency Plan?

� Do you have essential medications for your family?

PreParing your household for a disaster event

checklist For a Disaster event

� Have you packed important documents and valuables?

� Have you turned off all the power, gas and water mains to your home?

� Are your pets safe and secure?

� Have you secured and locked your home?

� Have you packed emergency water supplies?

� Have you checked on neighbours who are elderly or disabled?

� If you have completed the items above, then ensure you have your Emergency Kit and Evacuation Kit and commence your

Evacuation Plan.


iteMs to Pack in your eMergency kit

Water

� Water in plastic containers

� A three day supply; minimum five litres of water per day per person

� Esky

FooD

� Minimum three day supply

� Cooking facilities such as gas BBQ/camping stove

� Ready to eat canned meats, fruit and vegetables

� Canned juices, milk and soups

� Staples such as sugar, pepper, salt and high energy foods such as peanut butter, honey, jams, biscuits and muesli bars

vitaMins

� Food for babies, children, elderly persons or any special dietary requirements

� Comfort foods such as biscuits, lollies, cereals, coffee and tea

tools anD sUPPlies

� Plates, bowls, cups, utensils (paper or plastic plates don’t require washing)

� Battery operated radio and spare batteries

� Battery operated/solar powered/wind up torches (and spare batteries if battery operated)

� Cash

� Utility knife

� Toilet paper

� Soap/detergent

� Personal hygiene items

� Duct and masking tape

� Matches in waterproof container

� Disinfectant

� Mobile phone and charger

� Insect repellent and sunscreen

� Tools for temporary repairs

� Rope and chains for securing outdoor items

� Extension cords and power boards

� Plastic sheeting or tarps

First aiD kit

� Replace any used contents

clothing anD BeDDing

� At least one complete change of clothing and footwear per person

� Long sleeve shirts and long trousers

� Sturdy shoes

� Rain gear

� Blankets or sleeping bags

� Hats and work/gardening gloves

� Sunglasses

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sPecial iteMs

� Baby needs such as nappies and bottles

� Medications

� Contact lenses or prescription glasses

� Important family documents in a waterproof container

� Wills, insurance policies

� Passports and immunisation records

� Bank account and credit card numbers

� Inventory of household contents

� Important telephone numbers

� Family records such as birth and marriage certificates

� Pet food and supplies

� Games, books and puzzles for entertainment

� Ice

� Ensure you have enough cash on hand to last one week

� Fuel for car

iteMs to Pack in yoUr evacUation kit

� Multiple changes of clothes for all household members, stored in watertight plastic bags (long pants, long sleeved shirts,

hats and strong shoes are recommended)

� Extra essential medicines and repeat prescriptions

� Extra First Aid supplies, sunscreen, insect repellent

� Extra toiletry and sanitary supplies

� Pillows, sleeping bags and blankets for each household member

� Books and games for children

� Extra baby formula, food and nappies (if required)

� Valuables, photos (prints, compact disks, USB data stick) and mementos in waterproof plastic bags

� Cash

� Mobile phone, spare battery and charger

iMPortant DocUMents

� Keep original or certified copies of all the following documents in your Emergency Kit and your Evacuation Kit

� Scan copies of these documents and save on a USB memory stick or CD to include in your kit as well. Keep all these items in

sealed plastic bags

� Insurance papers for house and contents

� Insurance papers for vehicles and valuable items

� Inventory of valuable household goods

� Wills and life insurance documents

� House deeds/mortgage documents

� Birth and marriage certificates

� Passports/visa details

� Stocks and bonds

� Medicare and pension cards

� Immunisation records

� Bank account and credit card details

� Back-up copies of important computer files

� Copy of household Emergency Plan

� Emergency contact telephone numbers

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TOWNSVILLE STORM TIDE

EVACUATION ZONES

Evacuation Routes

RED

Suburbs

ORANGE

0 2,500 5,000 10,000 15,000 20,000

Detail Maps

YELLOW

BLUE

DISCLAIMER

Storm Tide Evacuation Zones are based upon geographical data.

Evacuation Zones are designed to provide an easy to understand

method for the public to identify coastal areas that may be affected

by storm tides caused by tropical cyclones or severe east coast

storms. Every effort has been made to ensure that the information

contained within these Public Information Maps is accurate.

However, Townsville City Council does not give any warranty or

accept any liability in relation to the content of these maps.

Meters


TOWN

COMMON

PILKINGTON ST

VINCENT

CAMBRIDGE ST

MOONEY ST

CHARLES S T

ROSS RIVER RD

DOUGLAS

YOLANDA DR

GARBUTT

MEENAN ST

DALRYMPLE RD

AITKENVALE

JOHN MELTON BLACK DR

INGHAM RD

BAYSWATER RD

PALMERSTON ST

GULLIVER

CURRAJONG

ROWES

BAY

HUGH ST

GULLIVER ST

DISCLAIMER

Storm Tide Evacuation Zones are based upon geographical data.

Evacuation Zones are designed to provide an easy to understand

method for the public to identify coastal areas that may be affected

by storm tides caused by tropical cyclones or severe east coast

storms. Every effort has been made to ensure that the information

contained within these Public Information Maps is accurate.

However, Townsville City Council does not give any warranty or

accept any liability in relation to the content of these maps.

PERCY ST

BUNDOCK ST

PIMLICO

FULHAM RD

MUNDINGBURRA

UNIVERSITY RD

MURRAY

HEATLEYS PDE

BELGIAN

GARDENS

STAGPOLE ST

WEST

END

KINGS RD

COWLEY ST

BALLS LN

LOVE LN

ECHLIN ST

MYSTERTON

ANNANDALE

Evacuation Routes

RED

ORANGE

YELLOW

BLUE

WOOLCOCK ST

HYDE PARK

CASTLE HILL

CHARTERS TOWERS RD

QUEENS RD

1

HOWITT ST

ACKERS ST

HERMIT

PARK

ROSSLEA

BOWEN RD

WARBURTON ST

KOKODA ST

NORTH

WARD

KNAPP ST

THE STRAND

GREGORY ST

STANLEY ST

BOUNDARY ST

OONOONBA RD

IDALIA

EYRE ST

SAUNDERS ST DEAN ST

STURT ST

OONOONBA

WULGURU

DENHAM ST

RAILWAY AVE

RAILWAY

ESTATE

RACECOURSE RD

STUART DR

TOWNSVILLE

CITY

ABBOTT ST

TOWNSVILLE STORM TIDE

EVACUATION ZONES

500 250 0 500 1,000 1,500 2,000

KING ST

Meters

ROSS ST

ARCHER ST

SOUTH

TOWNSVILLE

STUART

CLUDEN

BRUCE HWY

1

BENWELL RD


GARLAND RD

DEERAGUN

BUSHLAND

BEACH

BOHLE PLAINS

MOUNT

LOW

BRUCE HWY

SHAW

THE RING RD

NORTH SHORE BLVD

BURDELL

DISCLAIMER

Storm Tide Evacuation Zones are based upon geographical data.

Evacuation Zones are designed to provide an easy to understand

method for the public to identify coastal areas that may be affected

by storm tides caused by tropical cyclones or severe east coast

storms. Every effort has been made to ensure that the information

contained within these Public Information Maps is accurate.

However, Townsville City Council does not give any warranty or

accept any liability in relation to the content of these maps.

SHAW RD

Evacuation Routes

RED

ORANGE

YELLOW

BLUE

ENTERPRISE ST

INGHAM RD

COSGROVE

12

BOHLE

DALRYMPLE RD WEST

KIRWAN

TOWN COMMON

WOOLCOCK ST

MOUNT

ST JOHN

MOUNT LOUISA

THURINGOWA DR

TOWNSVILLE STORM TIDE

EVACUATION ZONES

500 250 0 500 1,000 1,500 2,000

Meters

SHELLY

BEACH

PALLARENDA

TOWN

COMMON

PALLARENDA INSET

BAMFORD LN

MATHER ST

DALRYMPLE RD

2

ESPLANADECAPE PALLARENDA RD

GARBUTT

BANFIELD DR

ANGUS AVE

HEATLEY

CHARLES ST

CRANBROOK


CHURCH RD

YABULU

BLACK RIVER

BOWDEN RD

WHITE RD

DISCLAIMER

Storm Tide Evacuation Zones are based upon geographical data.

Evacuation Zones are designed to provide an easy to understand

method for the public to identify coastal areas that may be affected

by storm tides caused by tropical cyclones or severe east coast

storms. Every effort has been made to ensure that the information

contained within these Public Information Maps is accurate.

However, Townsville City Council does not give any warranty or

accept any liability in relation to the content of these maps.

WENT RD

JENSEN

BEACH HOLM

HAYNES RD

VEALES RD

Evacuation Routes

RED

ORANGE

YELLOW

BLUE

SVENSSON RD

JENSEN RD

BRUCE HWY

13

GEANEY LN

MOUNT LOW PKW

DEERAGUN

BUSHLAND

BEACH

NORTH SHORE BLVD

MOUNT LOW

GARLAND RD

BOHLE PLAINS

TOWNSVILLE STORM TIDE

EVACUATION ZONES

500 250 0 500 1,000 1,500 2,000

Meters

GARLAND RD

SHAW

3

BURDELL


FLORENCE

BAY

PACIFIC DR

APJOHN ST

HORSESHOE BAY

HORSESHOE BAY RD

MAGNETIC ISLAND RD

WEST POINT

WEST PT RD

ARMAND WY

ARCADIA

MARINE PDE

NELLY

BAY

WEST PT RD

14

ARCADIA RD

SOONING ST

PICNIC

BAY

NELLY BAY RD

BIRT ST

WEST PT RD

PICNIC ST

4

TOWNSVILLE STORM TIDE

EVACUATION ZONES

Evacuation Routes

RED

ORANGE

500 250 0 500 1,000 1,500 2,000 2,500

Meters

YELLOW

DISCLAIMER

Storm Tide Evacuation Zones are based upon geographical data.

Evacuation Zones are designed to provide an easy to understand

method for the public to identify coastal areas that may be affected

by storm tides caused by tropical cyclones or severe east coast

storms. Every effort has been made to ensure that the information

contained within these Public Information Maps is accurate.

However, Townsville City Council does not give any warranty or

accept any liability in relation to the content of these maps.

BLUE


BRUCE HWY

FORESTRY RD

KATAUGHAL RD

LYNAM

JOHN BREWER DR

BLUEWATER DR

DISCLAIMER

Storm Tide Evacuation Zones are based upon geographical data.

Evacuation Zones are designed to provide an easy to understand

method for the public to identify coastal areas that may be affected

by storm tides caused by tropical cyclones or severe east coast

storms. Every effort has been made to ensure that the information

contained within these Public Information Maps is accurate.

However, Townsville City Council does not give any warranty or

accept any liability in relation to the content of these maps.

BLUEWATER

BRUCE HWY

TOOLAKEA BEACH RD

Evacuation Routes

RED

ORANGE

YELLOW

BLUE

TOOLAKEA

15

PURONO PKW

BLUEWATER DR

PURONO PKW

YABULU

SAUNDERS

BEACH

SAUNDERS BEACH RD

TOWNSVILLE STORM TIDE

EVACUATION ZONES

500 250 0 500 1,000 1,500 2,000

Meters

5

BLACK

RIVER


TOOMULLA

TOOMULLA BEACH RD

DISCLAIMER

Storm Tide Evacuation Zones are based upon geographical data.

Evacuation Zones are designed to provide an easy to understand

method for the public to identify coastal areas that may be affected

by storm tides caused by tropical cyclones or severe east coast

storms. Every effort has been made to ensure that the information

contained within these Public Information Maps is accurate.

However, Townsville City Council does not give any warranty or

accept any liability in relation to the content of these maps.

CLEMANT

SETTER R D

Evacuation Routes

RED

ORANGE

YELLOW

BLUE

BRUCE HWY

16

BLUEWATER

TOWNSVILLE STORM TIDE

EVACUATION ZONES

500 250 0 500 1,000 1,500 2,000

Meters

6

VER RALL RD


MUTARNEE

HENCAMP CREEK RD

CRYSTAL

CREEK

ROLLINGSTONE

PLANTATION RDPLANTATION RD

DISCLAIMER

Storm Tide Evacuation Zones are based upon geographical data.

Evacuation Zones are designed to provide an easy to understand

method for the public to identify coastal areas that may be affected

by storm tides caused by tropical cyclones or severe east coast

storms. Every effort has been made to ensure that the information

contained within these Public Information Maps is accurate.

However, Townsville City Council does not give any warranty or

accept any liability in relation to the content of these maps.

Evacuation Routes

RED

ORANGE

YELLOW

BLUE

17

BALGAL BEACH RD

BRUCE HWY

ACHERON DR

BALGAL BEACH

TOWNSVILLE STORM TIDE

EVACUATION ZONES

500 250 0 500 1,000 1,500 2,000

CLEMANT

Meters

7


BLUE

Meters

DISCLAIMER

Storm Tide Evacuation Zones are based upon geographical data.

Evacuation Zones are designed to provide an easy to understand

method for the public to identify coastal areas that may be affected

by storm tides caused by tropical cyclones or severe east coast

storms. Every effort has been made to ensure that the information

contained within these Public Information Maps is accurate.

However, Townsville City Council does not give any warranty or

accept any liability in relation to the content of these maps.

YELLOW

500 250 0 500 1,000 1,500 2,000 2,500 3,000

ORANGE

Evacuation Routes

RED

TOWNSVILLE STORM TIDE

EVACUATION ZONES

8

CUNGULLA

MOUNT

ELLIOT

ALLIGATOR

CREEK

BRUCE HWY

NOME

18

CROCODILE CREEK RD

CAPE CLEVELAND

RILEY R D

MEEHAN RD MEEHAN RD

GOODSELL RD

CARTY RD

CAPE CLEVELAND RD


JULAGO

STUART

BRUCE HWY

DISCLAIMER

Storm Tide Evacuation Zones are based upon geographical data.

Evacuation Zones are designed to provide an easy to understand

method for the public to identify coastal areas that may be affected

by storm tides caused by tropical cyclones or severe east coast

storms. Every effort has been made to ensure that the information

contained within these Public Information Maps is accurate.

However, Townsville City Council does not give any warranty or

accept any liability in relation to the content of these maps.

WILLING DR

PAU L JAMES DR

BARNHAM RD

BENTLEY DR

NOME

ALLIGATOR CREEK

Evacuation Routes

RED

ORANGE

YELLOW

BLUE

BENTLEY DR

A LENDALE DR

19

BRUCE HWY

ALLIGATOR CREEK RD

BARNHAM RD

CAPE CLEVELAND

TOWNSVILLE STORM TIDE

EVACUATION ZONES

500 250 0 500 1,000 1,500 2,000

WI LIAMS RD

MARRON RD

Meters

9

MOUNT

ELLIOT


tune into Warnings

raDio stations

Tune into your local radio station

for the latest emergency information.

aBc local raDio 630 AM

4to FM 102.3 FM

hot FM 103.1 FM

Zinc 100.7 FM

106.3 Mix FM 106.3 FM

103.9 tripple t 103.9 FM

contact details

cUstoMer service centres

103 Walker Street, Townsville City

86 Thuringowa Drive, Thuringowa Central

Opening hours: Monday to Friday 8.30am – 5pm

1300 878 001

enquiries@townsville.qld.gov.au

Townsville Disaster Information

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