The Blue Mountains train line is among one of the hardest-hit transport infrastructures in the state with repairs expected to take at least a week.
Trains cannot run between Penrith and Lithgow due to landslips on the Blue Mountains line at Katoomba and Emu Plains, and a sinkhole at Leura.
Meanwhile, damage to the Great Western Highway and Bells Line of Road has prompted the government’s warning to commuters against travel to the region this weekend.
Only one lane of the Great Western Highway at Mount Victoria is open due to road damage sparking concerns of extensive traffic.
Commuters are urged to avoid non-essential to the area.
Independent review into development of flood-prone areas
The NSW planning minister Anthony Roberts announced the review after the Hawkesbury and North Coast of the state were hit by deadly floodwaters.
The government has paused any new developments while it revises its flood strategy.
The review would likely include appropriate building designs including homes built on stilts.
Mr Roberts said the terms of the review are still yet to be determined.
It is unclear how the review will impact current building applications in the state’s flood-hit councils in the meantime.
The government’s pause on rezoning issues, which was introduced for the Hawkesbury Nepean after the March 2021 floods, will also be extended.
“There is no doubt from the start of the event, to the time government agencies have been able to access various communities, I think there were many gaps there,” he said.
“And there should have been better coordination.”
Recovery efforts continue
More than 8300 homes were damaged or destroyed in the Northern Rivers floods.
About 1500 people are currently in temporary accommodation in northern NSW, with slight relief on the way with the first of 120 motor homes arriving this weekend.
The vehicles are being driven by Rural Fire Service volunteers who left Sydney yesterday.
Meanwhile, warnings remain in place along the Hawkesbury River despite receding floodwaters.
Recovery efforts are underway in both parts of the state.