Emergency and after hours contacts

Council's Emergency After Hours contacts are:
  • Roads, Buildings Parks, Fallen Trees, Footpaths and Council Properties/Amenities - 0408 858 493
  • Waste Services - 0409 712 776
  • Animal Control Services - (02) 8579 0325
  • Far West Commonwealth Respite and Carelink Centre (after hours emergency respite) - 1800 052 222
  • The State Emergency Service (SES) is also available to assist you in an emergency. They can be contacted on 132 500.
  • Essential Energy and Essential Water General Enquiries - 13 23 91
  • Electricity Supply Interruptions, Water Leaks and Blockages - 13 20 80
  • Emergency Services for Police, Fire and Ambulance- please contact 000.


Local Emergency Management Committee

Council works with a range of emergency services agencies to prevent, prepare for, respond to and recover from emergencies.

The role of Council and the agencies in the event of a local emergency is set out in the Broken Hill Disaster Action Plan (DISPLAN).

The DISPLAN covers a broad range of emergencies that may occur in Broken Hill including:

  • natural disasters
  • biological hazards
  • hazardous materials emergencies
  • major infrastructure failure
  • transport infrastructure emergencies

In major flood and storm emergencies, the DISPLAN is activated.

Council's role in emergency management

Council also has key responsibilities in responding to emergencies and assisting in recovery for example:

  • Council functions as a Local Emergency Operations Centre during an emergency, staffed by trained employees. Council will also provide trained officers to liaise with and support the frontline agencies involved such as the SES.
  • Council is responsible for public places such as parks and roads. You should ring our Customer Service Centre on (08) 8080 3300 for advice and assistance about storm or flood damage to public places.

Council may provide engineering resources required for response and recovery operations including:

  • damage assessment
  • clearance and re-establishment of roads and bridges
  • demolition and shoring-up of buildings
  • removal of debris
  • construction and maintenance of evacuation routes
  • erection of barricades and fences for public protection
  • rescue arrangements
  • recovery planning
  • clean up and disposal
  • environmental remediation and restoration
  • disaster relief funding