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Police have issued a fresh warning for sightseers to stay away from flood-ravaged parts of northern New South Wales, with reports some people have been taking selfies in front of some of the hardest hit properties.
Superintendent Wayne Starling said flood-affected areas are not tourist attractions.
“A large number of our community members who were severely affected are focused on restoring their lives and property to some degree of normality," he said in a statement.
“It is neither appropriate nor respectful to attend these areas for the sole purpose of sightseeing. Moreover, it may be dangerous given the condition of the roads in and around the area as well as the general condition of the area as the recovery process moves forward.
“As the weekend approaches, unless you are entering flood affected areas to provide community support, which is greatly appreciated by those affected, police ask that you consider the circumstances of our community members and not enter the disaster area,
“Police are actively patrolling flood affected areas and you will be turned away if you are attending as a disaster tourist; not only for your own safety but also so that the community can focus on the recovery effort.”
Tweed Shire Council has closed Tumbulgum off to visitors, as it tries to fast-track repair works on its sewers.