Fully Fund The Flood Recovery


It’s been nearly two years 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 two-year flood anniversary
  • 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 two-year anniversary on February 28th so we can pressure Labor to deliver.

Flood survivors shouldn’t be forced to enter a third year of 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

Jane Schneider
Carol Dunwell
Andrea Sturgeon
Katrina Reed
Monica Petersen
Jannine Campton
Renee Fernley
Mandi Gumbrell
Mark Condon
Lindy Condon
Robyn Rowland
Kay Armour
Ronald Butler
Indra Dhanusha
Bruce McNaughton
Maree White
Emily Rodger
Jennifer Ditton
Samantha McFadden
Matthew Lambourne
Delia Donovan
Madeleine Smith
Emma Butler
Philip Spark
Holly McQueen
Garth Luke
Tim Winton-Brown
Kerry Pealing
Coral Jones
Mary Norton

Will you sign?

Showing 581 reactions

  • Jane Schneider
    signed 2023-10-03 17:18:26 +1100
  • Carol Dunwell
    signed 2023-10-03 16:16:13 +1100
    This is a total disgrace id like to see Mr Albanesy’s house flooded and he battle with the powers that be for nearly two years and still be waiting for his house to be lifted and retrfit then battle with the insurance company who will only pay half of what its going to cost to get it back to how it was.
  • Andrea Sturgeon
    signed 2023-10-03 15:57:58 +1100
    I was directly affected by the floods.
  • Katrina Reed
    signed 2023-10-03 15:45:30 +1100
  • Monica Petersen
    signed via 2023-10-03 15:43:53 +1100
    It’s a disgrace this issue is ongoing!!
  • Jannine Campton
    signed 2023-10-03 15:29:08 +1100
    I attended a community meeting last year at Mullumbimby with someone from the NRRC. A question was asked regarding the eligibility criteria. The answer was “if the living area of your house flooded, you are eligible”. We went away from that meeting feeling we would be supported, but that was ripped away with one phone call on 29th June this year (drawing our hope out till almost the very last day).
  • Renee Fernley
    signed 2023-10-03 15:27:09 +1100
  • Mandi Gumbrell
    signed 2023-10-03 15:21:31 +1100
  • Mark Condon
    signed 2023-10-03 15:16:12 +1100
    We need help
  • Lindy Condon
    signed 2023-10-03 15:14:44 +1100
    We are not ok.
  • Robyn Rowland
    signed 2023-10-03 15:02:44 +1100
    Please honour your initial words in which the community trusted, that you would help us the flooded to become more flood resilient by house raising or retrofit and do this for all people affected by the 2022 flood, which was initially promised, not restrict it to those with a floor level below the 1 in 20 year flood
  • Kay Armour
    signed via 2023-10-03 14:11:06 +1100
    Totally left out. Do not understand why a house standing 13.15 on steel posts has a buyback when we are in a far more precarious situation. Just around the corner. Proper mapping needs to be done. It is not safe here.What,how and who???
  • Ronald Butler
    signed 2023-10-03 13:26:37 +1100
  • Indra Dhanusha
    signed via 2023-10-03 13:19:43 +1100
  • Bruce McNaughton
    signed 2023-10-03 12:22:45 +1100
  • Maree White
    signed 2023-10-03 12:04:21 +1100
    We need this funding to get Lismore and all regional flood victim’s back on their feet. Cannot Trust a Labor government. Showing their true colors to renege on their promise. Very typical, just like the reneging on the Wildlife hospital at Byron Bay
  • Emily Rodger
    signed 2023-10-03 11:03:58 +1100
  • Jennifer Ditton
    signed 2023-10-03 10:33:49 +1100
  • Samantha McFadden
    signed 2023-10-03 10:19:56 +1100
  • Matthew Lambourne
    signed 2023-10-03 10:05:33 +1100
  • Delia Donovan
    signed 2023-10-03 09:49:07 +1100
  • Madeleine Smith
    signed 2023-10-03 09:11:18 +1100
  • Emma Butler
    signed 2023-10-03 08:58:09 +1100
  • Philip Spark
    signed 2023-10-03 07:15:33 +1100
  • Holly McQueen
    signed 2023-10-02 20:14:53 +1100
  • Garth Luke
    signed 2023-10-02 18:59:56 +1100
  • Tim Winton-Brown
    signed via 2023-10-02 18:22:00 +1100
  • Kerry Pealing
    signed 2023-10-02 16:14:34 +1100
  • Coral Jones
    signed 2023-10-02 15:48:08 +1100
  • Mary Norton
    signed 2023-10-02 14:45:19 +1100