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

Jasmin Nolan
Harry O’Donovan
Liz Hamiltton
Susan Hayward
Rameshvar Drew
Steven Rowland
Camilla Tierney
Janifer Fraser
Kristina Aitchison
Ebony Quinlivan
Christine Somerville
Gail Elliott
Oliver Zveglic
Josh Browne
Craig Davidson
Mary Peate
Rhonda Ansiewicz
Helen Fawell
Hedda Whitfield
Peter Brosnan
Philip Brewin
Bek Brewin
Matthew Clarke
Ben Fawcett
Howard Lazar
Peter Bawden
Susan Dempster
Gay Spies
Lisa Schaper
Paul Tollan

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  • Jasmin Nolan
    signed 2023-09-29 19:18:20 +1000
  • Harry O’Donovan
    signed 2023-09-29 19:12:56 +1000
  • Liz Hamiltton
    signed 2023-09-29 19:09:36 +1000
  • Susan Hayward
    signed 2023-09-29 19:07:12 +1000
  • Rameshvar Drew
    signed 2023-09-29 19:03:31 +1000
  • Steven Rowland
    signed 2023-09-29 19:02:02 +1000
  • Camilla Tierney
    signed 2023-09-29 18:59:04 +1000
  • Janifer Fraser
    signed 2023-09-29 18:51:57 +1000
  • Kristina Aitchison
    signed 2023-09-29 18:47:45 +1000
  • Ebony Quinlivan
    signed 2023-09-29 18:46:01 +1000
  • Christine Somerville
    signed 2023-09-29 18:46:00 +1000
  • Gail Elliott
    signed 2023-09-29 18:45:01 +1000
  • Oliver Zveglic
    signed 2023-09-29 18:44:10 +1000
  • Josh Browne
    signed 2023-09-29 18:43:19 +1000
  • Craig Davidson
    signed 2023-09-29 18:42:02 +1000
  • Mary Peate
    signed 2023-09-29 18:39:32 +1000
  • Rhonda Ansiewicz
    signed 2023-09-29 18:34:37 +1000
    State gov stated they would provide the funds for flood victims. Do it people’s lives depend on it. The fossil fuel industry elites can look after themselves. I expect more from Labor!
  • Helen Fawell
    signed 2023-09-29 18:33:11 +1000
  • Hedda Whitfield
    signed 2023-09-29 18:21:04 +1000
  • Peter Brosnan
    signed 2023-09-29 18:17:46 +1000
  • Philip Brewin
    signed 2023-09-29 18:16:58 +1000
  • Bek Brewin
    signed 2023-09-29 18:15:30 +1000
  • Matthew Clarke
    signed 2023-09-29 18:12:32 +1000
    I live on the Tweed River. I saw 1st hand the magnitude of that flood.

    I have only just moved from the Byron Shire where I worked in Mullumbimby & have since seen the devastation of some areas there that have received little attention. I have been to Lismore & seen the devastation & ongoing despair.

    I heard the NSW Premier promise the funding that has failed to materialise, & promise no more developments on floodplains yet it is still occurring.

    How can governments promise so much yet deliver so little?

    How can governments & public servants be so cruel, callous & heartless?

    And how can governments continue to subsidise planet-destroying fossil fuel industries that are worsening these climate disasters while ignoring the victims of such crimes? Enough of the immorality. Do the right thing!
  • Ben Fawcett
    signed 2023-09-29 18:09:40 +1000
  • Howard Lazar
    signed 2023-09-29 18:08:37 +1000
    I guess it’s not just the LNP that break their promises.
  • Peter Bawden
    signed 2023-09-29 18:07:20 +1000
  • Susan Dempster
    signed 2023-09-29 18:06:48 +1000
  • Gay Spies
    signed 2023-09-29 18:06:32 +1000
  • Lisa Schaper
    signed 2023-09-29 18:04:28 +1000
    I feel sorry for these poor people who have lost homes to floods
  • Paul Tollan
    signed 2023-09-29 18:04:27 +1000