The University of Newcastle, Australia

Campus clean-up continues: All campuses are open

Campus clean-up continues: All campuses are open

Our response to the critical incident caused by the recent storms has now moved fully into the recovery phase with continued daily monitoring of our grounds and buildings in the coming weeks. We ask that all staff and students please remain vigilant and keep the safety of yourself and others in mind at all times.

The University of Newcastle is thinking of those still impacted by the storms at this time.


Your safety

When visiting campus please be aware that despite the great clean up efforts during the last week, there are still safety hazards that you need to be aware of so this is a reminder to be vigilant and keep your own safety and that of others in mind.

Outdoors the hazards include fallen branches, pathways and stairs slippery with leaves, twigs and other debris, uneven areas when uprooted trees may have disrupted the footpaths. The Infrastructure Facilities Staff have barricaded areas that are unsafe for access so please make sure you do not enter these areas.

Indoor hazards include slippery floors and stairs from water ingress and potential electrical risks where water may have entered power points or equipment. If you suspect an electrical problem do not use plug into the power point or use the equipment and call Security.

If you identify a hazard or have a safety concern please call Security on 15888. If the hazard involves a building please enter a Maximo request. Your safety is our greatest concern so please help everyone to get through the storm aftermath without hurt or harm.


Travel

You can check the latest road information at www.livetraffic.com, or listen to National broadcaster ABC Newcastle or 2NURFM for updates on travel.


Further information for students


Further information for staff

Information regarding leave

Information regarding insurance claims


Notice for Callaghan

The map shows areas in red where alternative routes and closures may be present. Please take care around these areas and pay attention to signs and barriers.

Storm event impact areas 

Map of storm event impact areas at Callaghan campus (PDF 4.8MB).


Notice for Ourimbah

The University of Newcastle (UON) and Hunter TAFE are pleased to announce that the Central Coast campus at Ourimbah is open, with all classes running and support services accessible.

The Central Coast campus was closed for six days to ensure the safety of our staff and students, with storm damage preventing access to the campus, and an extended power outage until late on Friday 24 April. A number of safety checks and recovery work has been conducted to ensure the safety of all returning staff, students and partners to the campus on Monday 27 April. This focus on safety will continue with multiple patrols scheduled daily to ensure no further tree movement or damage to buildings.

All trees blocking the access to the Ourimbah campus have been cleared and an arborist has assessed trees affected by the storms. The only minor damage remaining to the campus is a minor break in the bridge's balustrade which has been temporarily cordoned off and made safe. The bridge is open but student and staff must remain cautious of the damage.

We thank those essential staff and local service providers involved in the extensive recovery efforts, and are grateful for the patience of our students and community during this challenging time.

For UON Central Coast staff and students who require further information relating to exam and assignment extensions, please see staff and student links on this page.

For staff at Hunter TAFE Ourimbah campus, please note the information on leave arrangements distributed by the Institute Directors email on Friday 24 April and students can discuss their exam and assignment extensions with their individual teachers.

This completes the reopening of all University of Newcastle campuses impacted by the severe weather.

The University of Newcastle and Hunter TAFE are thinking of those still impacted by the storms at this time.

The map shows areas in red where alternative routes and closures may be present. Please take care around these areas and pay attention to signs and barriers.

Ourimbah storm impact map

Map of storm event impact areas at Ourimbah campus (PDF, 3.1MB).

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