Fully Fund The Flood Recovery


It’s been 18 months since the floods, and thousands of people across the Northern Rivers region are still waiting for the buybacks, retrofits and raises that their flood-ravaged homes need.

Last year, the NSW government promised 6000 buybacks, retrofits and raises to our region in the aftermath of the devastating floods. $1.5 million in spending on the Resilient Homes Program was required to deliver on this promise, but less than half of that was delivered in the first tranche of funding last October.

Our community has repeatedly been promised that a second tranche of funding would be delivered for the 75% of flood victims who missed out from Tranche 1 of funding - but 18 months on, and we’re still waiting.

The Premier has committed to delivering this funding and supplying the 6000 buybacks, retrofits and raises that they were promised. But Labor’s 2023 budget only delivered an eighth of the additional funding required to make this happen.

What’s more, the federal Labor government made no additional contribution to a second tranche of funding for the Resilient Homes Program.


Tamara Smith MP, Member for Ballina and NSW Greens spokesperson for Disaster Relief, is joining the community’s calls for the state and federal Labor governments to:

  • commit the additional $700m in funding for the Resilient Homes Program before the end of the year
  • communicate clear timelines for the delivery of 2000 buybacks, 2000 retrofits and 2000 house-raises as promised by the NRRC, and
  • ensure better transparency from the Reconstruction Authority and prioritise community control of disaster recovery going forward.


We’re aiming to get as many signatures as we can before the end of the year so we can pressure Labor to deliver.

Flood survivors shouldn’t be forced to enter 2024 having to continue living in hope for support that may never arrive. The federal and state Labor governments need to step up.


Who's signing

Helen Parker
Steve Lamb
Duncan Dey
Paul Stephen
Gail Mensinga
Katrina Shields
Susan Fell
Jacob Miller
nat brauns
Heidi Jones
Stephanie Britton
Melissa Barrass
Sinead Francis-Coan
Jan Barham
Christine Vadasz
Kieran Howard
Kerry Sutherland
Elizabeth Hamilton
Janice Woods
Bob Druitt
Sundar Mahtani
Jacqueline Franklin
Margaret St.Leger
Philip Wykeham
Bernadette Warbrick
David Welsh
Sue Parket
Noela McDonald
Paddy Goff
Diana James

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  • Helen Parker
    signed 2023-12-12 09:49:03 +1100
  • Steve Lamb
    signed 2023-12-12 09:46:30 +1100
  • Duncan Dey
    signed 2023-12-12 09:24:36 +1100
  • Paul Stephen
    signed 2023-12-12 09:14:16 +1100
  • Gail Mensinga
    signed 2023-12-12 08:53:49 +1100
    To leave displaced & traumatised citizens without a recovery plan and reliable dependable options to move forward is a disgracefully inadequate response by Government to its citizens.up to date figures show 5,375 households are still in limbo. Federal Labor must step up & meet their commitments.
  • Katrina Shields
    signed 2023-12-12 08:30:12 +1100
  • Susan Fell
    signed 2023-12-12 07:25:29 +1100
  • Jacob Miller
    signed 2023-12-11 13:08:27 +1100
  • nat brauns
    signed 2023-12-05 10:03:07 +1100
  • Heidi Jones
    signed 2023-12-04 03:55:45 +1100
  • Stephanie Britton
    signed 2023-12-01 16:00:40 +1100
    After all this time, State and Federal Labor are still not stepping up with suitable tunding for homes and refits for flood victims in our region. This is appalling. They must make good on their promises
  • Melissa Barrass
    signed 2023-11-29 19:24:57 +1100
  • Sinead Francis-Coan
    signed 2023-11-28 10:23:53 +1100
  • Jan Barham
    signed 2023-11-27 14:41:42 +1100
    Former Byron Shire Mayor & NSW MP
  • Christine Vadasz
    signed 2023-11-27 13:54:24 +1100
  • Kieran Howard
    signed 2023-11-27 12:09:44 +1100
  • Kerry Sutherland
    signed 2023-11-27 09:40:59 +1100
  • Elizabeth Hamilton
    signed via 2023-11-26 17:26:50 +1100
  • Janice Woods
    signed 2023-11-26 13:02:43 +1100
  • Bob Druitt
    signed 2023-11-26 08:50:33 +1100
    A promise is a promise. Make it happen!
  • Sundar Mahtani
    signed 2023-11-25 21:28:55 +1100
  • Jacqueline Franklin
    signed 2023-11-25 19:35:44 +1100
  • Margaret St.Leger
    signed 2023-11-25 16:36:10 +1100
  • Philip Wykeham
    signed 2023-11-25 14:32:46 +1100
  • Bernadette Warbrick
    signed 2023-11-25 14:32:45 +1100
  • David Welsh
    signed 2023-11-25 12:48:29 +1100
  • Sue Parket
    signed 2023-11-25 11:26:02 +1100
  • Noela McDonald
    signed 2023-11-25 09:12:01 +1100
  • Paddy Goff
    signed 2023-11-25 08:41:27 +1100
  • Diana James
    signed 2023-11-25 08:30:52 +1100
    Flood recovery needs to be properly funded and rapidly deployed. People are homeless still unable to move on with their lives.