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

Lyndall Smith
Kevin Walsh
Michelle Lowe
Colleen Thomas
Fiona Banovic
Virginia White
Michelle Brown
John Lohman
lynn ashcroft
Digby Hildreth
Kelly Williams
Glenn Murray
Robyn Murray
Miriam Torzillo
Liz Barrett
Angela Beglin
Jean Graham
David Rowe
Catherine Coorey
Ziggi Browning
brent hallard
Jacqueline Bosscher
Stephen Powell
Nos Hexe
lindy hamilton
Dallas Bayly
Dominique Opdam
Mel Miller
Aletha Zylstra
Toby Lea

Will you sign?

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  • Lyndall Smith
    signed 2023-11-14 14:00:06 +1100
    Signed on behalf ot the ZONTA Club of Northern Rivers
  • Kevin Walsh
    signed 2023-11-14 11:59:54 +1100
    How long does it take to act?

    Disasters require action, credibility and accountability !
  • Michelle Lowe
    signed via 2023-11-14 08:24:48 +1100
  • Colleen Thomas
    signed 2023-11-13 19:10:39 +1100
  • Fiona Banovic
    signed 2023-11-13 18:52:06 +1100
  • Virginia White
    signed 2023-11-13 18:44:31 +1100
    Well done Greens for this initiative! Let’s stop Albo and Minns from sliding out!
  • Michelle Brown
    signed 2023-11-13 15:09:36 +1100
  • John Lohman
    signed 2023-11-13 14:18:04 +1100
    For every one not the few.
  • lynn ashcroft
    signed 2023-11-13 13:57:47 +1100
  • Digby Hildreth
    signed 2023-11-13 12:16:14 +1100
  • Kelly Williams
    signed 2023-11-13 08:00:40 +1100
    Get a wriggle on, Albo-we have a housing crisis!
  • Glenn Murray
    signed 2023-11-13 07:55:13 +1100
  • Robyn Murray
    signed 2023-11-13 07:53:53 +1100
  • Miriam Torzillo
    signed 2023-11-12 16:32:12 +1100
  • Liz Barrett
    signed 2023-11-12 16:23:57 +1100
  • Angela Beglin
    signed 2023-11-12 09:02:06 +1100
  • Jean Graham
    signed 2023-11-11 09:44:00 +1100
  • David Rowe
    signed 2023-11-11 08:31:25 +1100
    Whilst Labor Funds Fossil Fuels and Forestry Corp to accelerate climate disasters people are left to suffer in the aftermath.

    Put pressure on Labor for Recovery and net zero by 2035.

    See this bill before NSW Parliament now and the submissions opposing further climate disasters:

  • Catherine Coorey
    signed 2023-11-10 14:17:32 +1100
    How long do the people of the Northern Rivers have to wait until they can have proper homes? Funding, timelines and communication with community are essential.
  • Ziggi Browning
    signed 2023-11-09 12:38:25 +1100
  • brent hallard
    signed 2023-11-09 12:07:11 +1100
  • Jacqueline Bosscher
    signed 2023-11-09 11:33:55 +1100
  • Stephen Powell
    signed 2023-11-09 09:12:02 +1100
  • 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