Richmond Tweed Region
Richmond Tweed Region

The Richmond Tweed Region is centred around the catchment areas for the Richmond and Tweed Rivers. The region extends from the NSW / QLD border in the north, south to Tabbimobile. It is bounded by the east coast and extends west to include Tabulam and Urbenville.

Events and Activities

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16 January 2002 - Kingscliff Hailstorm

On the 16th January 2002 a severe thunderstorm developed near Grafton and tracked to the northeast causing damage near Casino and Lismore on the North Coast. The storm cell delivered strong winds, rain and hail however it didn't reach its full ferocity until it neared the coast.

Reports of hailstones the size of grapefruit, flash flooding and a tornado combined to devastate the towns of Kingscliff and Banora Point. The hail damaged cars, smashed windows and shattered hundreds of roof tiles. Yet communities less than 16 kilometres (10 miles) away escaped without a scratch.

Approximately 300 volunteers from across the state were called to assist over 1000 homes that were affected by the storm.

21st October 2004 - Casino Hailstorm

A severe hailstorm dumped masses of hail in areas east of Casino through to Evans Head during the late morning.

9th November 2004 - Casino Hailstorm

Giant hail up to 9cm was recorded at Casino on the North Coast, smashing car windscreens, breaking windows and roof tilews across the area. Two supercells merged at the location of the giant hail south of Casino. One cell was heading SE and the other ENE.

9th October 2007 - Lismore Hailstorm

Lismore was impacted by a severe thunderstorm with giant hail the size of tennis balls and heavy rain. The hail smashed cars, car windscreens, windows, skylights and a number of roofs across the Lismore area. Towns in the path of the storm included Casino, Ballina, Byron Bay, Evans Head, Nimbin and Kyogle.

NSW SES received over 600 requests for assistance. The repairs and insurance claims took months to assess as tradesmen were kept busy and were in short supply compared to the number of jobs. NSW SES crews received callbacks

months after the event.

26th October 2007 - Dunoon Tornado

Severe damage was caused to the community of Dunoon near Lismore on Friday the 26th October 2007 as the result of a severe thunderstorm that generated a tornado.

Debris from the tornado hit an electrical transformer station which resulted in over 3000 homes without power. The tornado also completely destroyed one house, severely damaged a church and two classrooms at a school, with other houses in the village also having roofs torn off and windows smashed.

In total the SES received approximately 116 requests for assistance from the public as a result of the storms and tornado on this date.

3rd June 2010 - Lennox Head Tornado

In June 2010, an East Coast Low produced heavy rain and strong winds with an associated super cell. A waterspout (turning into a tornado) moved onshore at Lennox Head and travelled north before heading offshore again. The tornado was associated with an intense thunderstorm cell and was described as being 100metres wide and left a trail of destruction behind. 


At least 12 homes were destroyed with more than 30 homes damaged. Cars were smashed, caravans overturned and power lines brought down leaving over 2000 people without electricity. Two people were hospitalised with injuries. NSW SES received around 60 requests for assistance.


The ECL produced flash flooding and damaging winds across many parts of the Far North coast of NSW. It caused the closure of numerous roads and 2 flood rescues in the Ballina Shire.

17th November 2012 - Woodburn Storm

A severe thunderstorm cell impacted the town of Woodburn, 40 km south of Ballina on the NSW north coast on Saturday 17th November 2012. Heavy rain, hail and damaging winds also affected other areas nearby including: Ballina, Lismore, Coraki, Broadwater and Casino. The strongest wind gust was recorded as 100 km/hr at Woodburn where most damage occurred.

A total of 146 requests for assistance were received. The storm caused significant damage to a number of houses with 2 buildings collapsed. A number of houses needed tarps, the Pacific Highway needed to be cleared of debris and reopened and electricity needed to be re-established.