Emergency services and locals react as bush fire threatens Tuntable Falls and Terania creek
Emergency services and locals react as bush fire threatens Tuntable Falls and Terania creek Marc Stapelberg

Where to go if you need to evacuate

UPDATE Today, 2.00pm: The following Evacuation Centres are open:

* Kyogle Memorial Hall, Stratheden St, Kyogle
* Cavannbah Centre, 249 Ewingsdale Rd, Byron Bay
* Nimbin Showgrounds, 33-37 Cecil St, Nimbin
* Uki Public Hall,1462 Kyogle Road, Uki
* Southern Cross University, Military Road, East Lismore
* Lismore Showgrounds, Alexandra Parade, North Lismore

All Centres can accommodate small animals, except Lismore Showgrounds which can only accommodate large animals.

People who evacuate are urged to register on the link below so that your family and friends know you are safe.


UPDATE 2.23pm: MORE evacuation centres have opened for fire impacted residents.

Evacuation Centres

November 13, the following evacuation centres are currently open:

  • Nimbin Showground, 33-37 Cecil St, Nimbin,
  • Cavanbah Centre, Byron Bay, 249 Ewingsdale Rd, Byron Bay 
  • Southern Cross University, Lismore Campus, Military Road, East Lismore **Companion animals welcome**
  • Lismore Show Ground, available for those with large animals
  • Uki Public Hall, 1462 Kyogle Road Uki

Please register at an Evacuation Centre before finding alternate accommodation or register online at www.register.redcross.org.au


Original story: EVACUATION centres are open across the region for people and their animals who evacuated because of fires.

Nimbin Showground
33-37 Cecil St, Nimbin NSW 2480

Mullumbimby Ex Services Club
58 Dalley St, Mullumbimby NSW 2482

Cavanbah Centre
249 Ewingsdale Road, Byron Bay NSW 2481

Goonellabah Sports and Aquatic Centre
50 Oliver Road, Goonellabah NSW 2480

Kyogle KMI hall, Stratheden St, Kyogle

Cavanbah Centre, 249 Ewingsdale Rd, Byron Bay NSW 2481

Southern Cross University Lismore Campus is a standby evacuation centre.

Reflections Holiday Park at Evans Head advises they are no longer accepting new bookings or walk-in arrivals effective immediately due to the fires.

Please stay up-to-date about fires via the NSW Rural Fire Service Fires Near Me website and listen to Emergency Broadcaster, ABC.

Kyogle Showground is open for people who have large animals, but it is not an official evacuation centre. People are encouraged to register at the Official Evacuation Centres before they proceed to the showgrounds.

Lismore Showground is not an official evacuation centre, but people can take animals there. People are encouraged to register at the Official Evacuation Centres before they proceed to the showgrounds.

North Coast National secretary Mark Bailey said the showground now has 30 families staying there until the fire danger passes.

Contact: Mark Bailey - Showground office or 6621 5916. Ross Wilson a volunteer can assist AH on 0416 845 377. Ross has moved his caravan to the showground so is available when needed.

Open to anyone from the Lismore LGA who is taking bushfire evacuation for free.

Ensure you register on 6621 5916 so authorities know you are safe. 

Gates open 24/7, well lit area, patrolled by Herne Security.

Power and water available, bring extension leads, and hose and connectors. All seven toilet blocks open.

Show society volunteers will supply a light breakfast in Norma's kitchen and Mieke Bell from the Winsome Hotel will supply a lunch for evacuees staying at the showground. Adrian from Jacked Up Coffee will be delivering free coffees to everyone staying here.

Plenty of stables for horses and cattle. You will need to bring your own food and food containers. You must care for your own animals. Local vet is on standby for emergencies.

food and water containers. We have plenty of poultry pens. We have limited space for goats and alpacas. Dogs can only stay if you are staying with them. They cannot accommodate cats at all.

For all domestic cats dogs and birds etc contact Pets and Saddles and Kats in Traumatic Times Emergency Network in North Lismore.

Mr Bailey requests donations not be brought to the showgrounds at this stage.

Lismore MP, Janelle Saffin MP, has urged bushfire affected landholders, with concerns about their animals and livestock, to reach out for assistance through the NSW Government's Agricultural Services Hotline on 1800 814 647.

Department of Primary Industries (DPI) and Local Land Services officers are assisting landholders in northern NSW to manage animal welfare-related issues, which include:

• Emergency fodder and stock water
• Animal assessment and veterinary assistance
• Stock euthanasia and burial
• Livestock feeding and management advice
• Care of animals in evacuation centres

With bush fire conditions expected to worsen, Ms Saffin said local landholders should prepare a plan to manage livestock and animals as soon as possible.

"There's range of measures available and I encourage landholders to prepare now and act early," Ms Saffin said. 

"As fires continue to burn across the region, it's difficult to assess the current damage."

"Unfortunately, infrastructure and stock losses are expected to grow over the coming days."

Landholders are being encouraged to prepare before an emergency by:
• Know the risk to you, your animals and property
• Know where to go
• Know who to call
• Know your plan
• Have an emergency kit for you and your animals

During an emergency, landholders should: 
• Act early
• Relocate animals and assets to a safer place on/off property
• If you are required to evacuate and if possible take your animals with you
• Never drive, ride or walk through an active fire zone
• Report wildlife injuries
Stay up to date on bush fires in your area through the RFS website and the 'Fires Near Me' app.

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