Townsville Disaster Information

Townsville City Council Disaster Information

Council is currently monitoring Tropical Cyclone Debbie located in the Coral Sea. We recommend that you begin undertaking your emergency preparations for your home and family and review your personal emergency and evacuation plans.

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Issued at 7:52 am AEST Sunday 26 March 2017Latest BOM Update

Issued at 4:53 pm EST on Sunday 26 March 2017

Tropical cyclone Debbie has adopted a general west-southwest track towards the north Queensland coast and is currently forecast to intensify into a category 3 system this evening. Tropical cyclone Debbie is likely continue on a similar track and intensify further prior to making landfall between Rollingstone and Proserpine on Tuesday morning.

Cyclone tracking map Issued at 4.59 pm AEST Sunday 26 March 2017 for Tropical Cyclone Advice Number 14.

For the full update visit the BOM website.

Latest Updates


Media Release - Townsville residents should make final preparations for destructive winds from Tropical Cyclone Debbie. TLDMG chair and Townsville Mayor Cr Jenny Hill warned residents that the city was in the path of Cyclone Debbie’s destructive zone despite the system taking a slightly southerly track. Read more.

Bin Collection - Rubbish collection will operate as usual, please have your bin kerbside by 6am.

Call Centre - The Disaster Coordination Centre is now active and is staffed from 7am to 7pm to take your enquiries. Please call 1800 738 541 for any enquiries relating to Tropical Cyclone Debbie.

Rockpool - As part of our disaster preparations the Rockpool is now closed and shade sails around the city are being removed. Thank you for your patience as we work to ensure the safety of our community and infrastructure.


Media Release - Townsville’s Disaster Management Coordination Centre has been activated following the formation of Tropical Cyclone Debbie this morning. Townsville Mayor and Townsville Local Disaster Management Group (TLDMG) chair Cr Jenny Hill said Council and Emergency Services staff would be at the centre from this afternoon to monitor the cyclone’s progress. Read more.

Sandbags Available

Free sand is available from Lou Litser Park, Boundary Street.  Please bring your own sandbags and a shovel, you will need to fill the bags yourself.  If you are unable to supply sand bags, shopping bags will suffice.   Sand will be replenished as required.

Free Tip Day

Due to the impending weather event all council landfills and transfer stations will be receiving your domestic and green waste FREE of charge for Saturday 25 March and Sunday 26 March 2017. Normal opening hours apply, see our Transfer Stations and Landfills page.

Council are aware of the wait times and have implemented traffic management to assist with this - thank you for your patience.

Regular fees apply for tyres, commercial and construction waste. Please don't forget to cover your load.

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Storm Tide Evacuation Guide

You may need to evacuate your home due to a storm tide in a cyclone event.

The Storm Tide Evacuation Guide will assist you in determining if your property is at risk of inundation from a storm tide and whether evacuation is required. If you are not required to evacuate, your home is often the safest place for you.

  • Review the Storm Tide Evacuation Maps below to determine if your property is located in an evacuation zone. Maps are listed by suburb and can be viewed at street level by zooming in* or
  • Consider the tips contained in the guide for preparing a household emergency plan and emergency kit
  • Familiarise yourself with the local emergency contact details and radio station information.

If your residence is located in a coloured evacuation zone, 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 will be affected.

Storm Tide Evacuation Guide - Local Government Area Map

PLEASE NOTE: If you are not located in a coloured evacuation zone, your suburb will not be shown on the detailed maps below.


*PLEASE NOTE >> The map above provides an overview only. Detailed map information by suburb is available in the list below.

How to read and use the storm tide evacuation maps

  1. Identify your suburb from the list below. If you are not located in a coloured evacuation zone, your suburb will not be shown on the detailed maps below.
  2. Double click the map and use the zoom in tool for further map detail. You should now be able to identify what zone you're in.
  3. If you are in one of the coloured zones, you may be at risk from storm tide flooding during cyclones.
  4. Identify your evacuation route to your pre-determined safer location.
  5. During a cyclone event tune into warnings, authorities will advise which zones need to evacuate.

Storm Tide Evacuation Maps - By Suburb

Suburb (Aitkenvale - Currajong Suburb (Garbutt - Picnic Bay) Suburb (Pimlico - Yabulu)
Aitkenvale (PDF 1.2MB) Garbutt (PDF 1.1MB) Pimlico (PDF 1.1MB)
Annandale  (PDF 1.1MB) Gulliver (PDF) Railway Estate (PDF 1MB)
Arcadia (PDF) Hermit Park (PDF 1MB) Rollingstone (PDF)
Balgal Beach (PDF) Horseshoe Bay (PDF) Rosslea (PDF)
Beach Holm (PDF) Hyde Park (PDF) Rowes Bay (PDF)
Belgian Gardens (PDF) Idalia (PDF) Saunders Beach (PDF)
Black River (PDF) Mount Louisa (PDF) South Townsville (PDF)
Bluewater (PDF) Mount Low (PDF) Toolakea (PDF)
Bohle (PDF) Mount St John (PDF) Toomulla (PDF)
Burdell  (PDF) Mundingburra (PDF 1.1MB) Townsville City (PDF)
Bushland Beach (PDF) Mysterton (PDF) Vincent (PDF 1.2MB)
Cape Cleveland - North (PDF) Nelly Bay (PDF) West End (PDF)
Cape Cleveland - South (PDF) Nome (PDF) West Point (PDF)
Cluden (PDF) North Ward (PDF) Wulguru (PDF)
Cosgrove (PDF) Oonoonba  (PDF) Yabulu (PDF)
Cungulla (PDF) Pallarenda (PDF)
Currajong (PDF) Picnic Bay (PDF)