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

Nos Hexe
lindy hamilton
Dallas Bayly
Dominique Opdam
Mel Miller
Aletha Zylstra
Toby Lea
Bec Heywood
Alicia Wallace
Alison McMahon
Fae Lynette
Greg Jackson
Barbara Sparrow
Les Johnston
Beverley Inshaw
Warren Taylor
Blake Dolling
Gail Mensinga
suzanna szabo
Brent Knight
Monica Haddad
Robyn Castle
John McDonagh
Trevor James
Bruce McQueen
Julie Smith
Logan Jarvis
Rachel Gregg
Stephen Baldwin
Warren McDonald

Will you sign?

Showing 566 reactions

  • Nos Hexe
    signed 2023-11-09 07:03:35 +1100
    Still waiting for the disaster grant.

    Still waiting for a response about buyback.
  • lindy hamilton
    signed 2023-11-08 20:24:26 +1100
    I’m disgusted that after losing my house, car and workplace in the 28/2/22 floods we are still waiting for Gov assistance to deal with the devastation from this national disaster.

    I flooded with hundreds of others around me because all the stormwater drains were completely blocked, the silted up waterways meant to drain into Marshall’s Creek back flowed and completely flooded our homes. We are at ground level on a flood plain. There should never have been homes built here. We desperately need help to raise up ready for the next one or at least a high cabin to escape to. I have borrowed hundreds of thousands of my own money to completely gut my rotted house. I couldn’t afford to raise it. am still living in a builder fence 20 months after flooding, saving to complete extensive drainage works. I had flood storm insurance but NRMA have only paid me one third of what I was insured for. I am fighting them with hundreds of others in the queue with Legal Aid Lismore.

    Where is the Gov support we were promised?

    I feel let down and I’m exhausted from working 2 jobs to save to fix my flood mess.

    Lindy Hamilton

    Down in Orana Rd flood zone, Ocean Shores
  • Dallas Bayly
    signed 2023-11-08 20:13:03 +1100
  • Dominique Opdam
    signed 2023-11-08 17:10:38 +1100
    We are still living in our shed 20 months after the flood. We are waiting to rebuild and need our home raised in order to withstand future flood events.
  • Mel Miller
    signed 2023-11-08 17:01:54 +1100
  • Aletha Zylstra
    signed 2023-11-08 09:16:42 +1100
    We need homes to be rebuilt to be flood resilient. So many were displaced from our community. And are still not home.

    We need Lismore town centre to be moved, not levy walls built higher.This kind of flood event will happen again in our lifetime. Probably sooner than we think.
  • Toby Lea
    signed 2023-11-07 22:50:15 +1100
  • Bec Heywood
    signed 2023-11-07 22:00:12 +1100
    It’s time to cough up and help the people of the northern rivers. We are not a 3rd world country, so why is the government allowing us to live like one, when so many lost everything through no fault of our own.
  • Alicia Wallace
    signed 2023-11-07 20:57:08 +1100
    It is very unsafe to reside in South Lismore
  • Alison McMahon
    signed 2023-11-07 20:13:49 +1100
    This is a really urgent matter that needs addressing for those still living in trauma. These people were told they would be getting assistance. None has been provided. They are living in unsafe tbird world conditions with mould issues respiratory illnesses and poverty.

    Help is needed NOW.
  • Fae Lynette
    signed 2023-11-07 18:30:09 +1100
  • Greg Jackson
    signed 2023-11-07 17:46:19 +1100
  • Barbara Sparrow
    signed 2023-11-07 15:32:13 +1100
  • Les Johnston
    signed 2023-11-07 14:36:33 +1100
  • Beverley Inshaw
    signed 2023-11-07 14:22:21 +1100
  • Warren Taylor
    signed 2023-11-07 13:14:07 +1100
  • Blake Dolling
    signed 2023-11-07 10:40:48 +1100
  • Gail Mensinga
    signed 2023-11-07 10:35:45 +1100
    Labor show some integrity and leadership by fully funding disaster relief and recovery marketed as the “Resilient homes program”
  • suzanna szabo
    signed 2023-11-06 18:58:01 +1100
    I have lived in the Northern rivers area and know how difficult it is for alternative accommodation; rebuilds and the expense for many to repair or renovate their properties. The issue of insurance companies unwilling to insure in regional areas prone to flooding is another reason why this assistance is absolutely imperative.
  • Brent Knight
    signed 2023-11-06 12:03:28 +1100
    How about representing the individuals that elected you. You are supposed to have our best interest at heart, not the interests of big business.
  • Monica Haddad
    signed 2023-11-06 10:29:33 +1100
  • Robyn Castle
    signed 2023-11-05 11:57:02 +1100
  • John McDonagh
    signed 2023-11-05 09:51:43 +1100
  • Trevor James
    signed 2023-11-05 07:37:12 +1100
  • Bruce McQueen
    signed 2023-11-04 20:23:54 +1100
  • Julie Smith
    signed 2023-11-04 19:43:53 +1100
  • Logan Jarvis
    signed 2023-11-04 15:47:10 +1100
  • Rachel Gregg
    signed 2023-11-04 15:41:48 +1100
  • Stephen Baldwin
    signed 2023-11-04 11:35:48 +1100
  • Warren McDonald
    signed 2023-11-04 10:35:54 +1100