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

Jalquin Waidelich
Dr Lee Andresen
Louise Taylor
Karen Hodder
Di Martin
Fiona Martin
Neti Read
David Saunders
Vicki Henricks
Vicki Ross
Jennifer Michelsen
Jonathon Bond
Linda Whitefeather
Linda Mathew
Les Hume
Diana Playford
Susan Knight
Richard Stanford
Maria Soria
Jacqueline Holmes
Malcolm Miller
Carolyn Bennett
Duncan Dey
harry johnson
Craig Scanlan
Gregory Olsen
John Tyler
Michael Petrovich
Catherine Lane
annie sinclair

Will you sign?

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  • Jalquin Waidelich
    signed 2023-10-20 17:20:06 +1100
  • Dr Lee Andresen
    signed 2023-10-20 17:06:32 +1100
  • Louise Taylor
    signed 2023-10-20 16:53:12 +1100
    The flood victims are still waiting and now the summer fire season has started. Please ensure the flood victims benefit from the promised funding.
  • Karen Hodder
    signed 2023-10-20 16:00:05 +1100
  • Di Martin
    signed 2023-10-18 09:35:14 +1100
  • Fiona Martin
    signed 2023-10-18 09:09:58 +1100
  • Neti Read
    signed 2023-10-17 14:10:18 +1100
  • David Saunders
    signed 2023-10-16 14:31:57 +1100
  • Vicki Henricks
    signed 2023-10-15 13:59:57 +1100
  • Vicki Ross
    signed 2023-10-15 12:42:00 +1100
  • Jennifer Michelsen
    signed 2023-10-15 08:48:32 +1100
  • Jonathon Bond
    signed 2023-10-15 03:07:08 +1100
  • Linda Whitefeather
    signed 2023-10-14 19:37:09 +1100
  • Linda Mathew
    signed 2023-10-14 18:12:22 +1100
  • Les Hume
    signed 2023-10-14 13:16:47 +1100
  • Diana Playford
    signed 2023-10-14 12:40:39 +1100
    We need to fully fund Flood Recovery. Unfinished housing and people living in less than Savoury conditions is not a good look for our country. We need to get onto this and show them we can clean it up Fast and Well.
  • Susan Knight
    signed 2023-10-14 12:12:44 +1100
    Ocean Shores Mullumbimby northern rivers become flood resistant by raising

    and retrofitting
  • Richard Stanford
    signed 2023-10-14 10:39:37 +1100
  • Maria Soria
    signed 2023-10-14 10:31:22 +1100
  • Jacqueline Holmes
    signed 2023-10-14 07:32:30 +1100
  • Malcolm Miller
    signed 2023-10-14 07:27:55 +1100
  • Carolyn Bennett
    signed 2023-10-14 06:28:55 +1100
  • Duncan Dey
    signed 2023-10-14 06:06:41 +1100
  • harry johnson
    signed 2023-10-14 04:35:02 +1100
    35 years ago a Grade 3 8 year old student told me she thought "we should treat each other and the environment how we would like to be treated. "

    This young girl got it in one sentence.
  • Craig Scanlan
    signed 2023-10-13 23:37:17 +1100
  • Gregory Olsen
    signed 2023-10-13 21:57:24 +1100
  • John Tyler
    signed 2023-10-13 21:53:35 +1100
    It is absolutely essential that flood funding continue without favor in the Northern Rivers region.
  • Michael Petrovich
    signed 2023-10-13 21:39:00 +1100
  • Catherine Lane
    signed 2023-10-13 21:00:22 +1100
    The response from the state government has been woefully inadequate and communities are still waiting for action. Further to this, the fact that inappropriate building is still being proposed and constructed on floodplains, requiring vast amounts of fill in wetland areas means that more people will be traumatised in the future. We simply can and must do much better than this.
  • annie sinclair
    signed 2023-10-13 20:18:33 +1100