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

John Tyler
Michael Petrovich
Catherine Lane
annie sinclair
Cassandra Bond
David Whistler
Paul Pryor
Rosemary Stave
matthew longworth
Wendy Whitton
Nancy Hoerman
Cat Miano
Joanne Gannon
Mandy Hallinan
Bobby Henry
Viren Goundrie
Kerrie Butler
Ross Butler
Robert Smark
Asri Balshaw
ross urwin
Kerry Storton
Angela Biasion
Stephen Hale
Darren Williams
Carl Mullin
Denise Gough
Luciana Bowen
Stuart Eadie
Eden Blennerhassett

Will you sign?

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  • 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
  • Cassandra Bond
    signed 2023-10-13 19:32:10 +1100
  • David Whistler
    signed 2023-10-13 11:06:57 +1100
    Most are still waiting.
  • Paul Pryor
    signed 2023-10-12 16:15:47 +1100
    This would make an enormous difference in rebuilding my home
  • Rosemary Stave
    signed 2023-10-09 21:51:26 +1100
  • matthew longworth
    signed 2023-10-09 07:05:53 +1100
    Please honour the initial words in which the community trusted in the government, that they would help those that were flooded to become more flood resilient by house raising or retrofit.
  • Wendy Whitton
    signed 2023-10-08 14:40:33 +1100
  • Nancy Hoerman
    signed 2023-10-08 07:51:29 +1100
  • Cat Miano
    signed 2023-10-07 23:35:51 +1100
  • Joanne Gannon
    signed 2023-10-07 15:46:18 +1100
    Can Community Control be talking with those flood residents who lost everything in the floods and are invisible to the tone deaf New Age Garden Cult Charity. Thank You 🙏 ❤️‍🩹
  • Mandy Hallinan
    signed 2023-10-07 12:00:41 +1100
  • Bobby Henry
    signed 2023-10-06 20:48:09 +1100
  • Viren Goundrie
    signed 2023-10-06 14:46:31 +1100
    Please keep your promise to help make our community safe into the future.
  • Kerrie Butler
    signed 2023-10-06 14:24:10 +1100
  • Ross Butler
    signed 2023-10-06 14:23:46 +1100
  • Robert Smark
    signed 2023-10-06 11:17:38 +1100
  • Asri Balshaw
    signed 2023-10-06 10:18:00 +1100
  • ross urwin
    signed 2023-10-05 18:21:06 +1100
    Its a crime by the Government to promise financial support and tell our community to go ahead with works related to raising our homes post flood and that we would be reimbursed and then only months later retract their offer ! How can they honestly say this will not occur again.
  • Kerry Storton
    signed 2023-10-05 14:21:14 +1100
  • Angela Biasion
    signed 2023-10-05 11:53:30 +1100
  • Stephen Hale
    signed 2023-10-05 09:40:25 +1100
    Keep your promise to the flood affected people of the Northern Rivers. People have been waiting for over 18 months now.
  • Darren Williams
    signed via 2023-10-05 07:38:24 +1100
  • Carl Mullin
    signed 2023-10-04 16:10:22 +1100
  • Denise Gough
    signed 2023-10-04 16:09:01 +1100
    Having our house raised would certainly help with the trauma of the floods and relieve our stress
  • Luciana Bowen
    signed 2023-10-04 14:49:41 +1100
  • Stuart Eadie
    signed 2023-10-04 12:11:16 +1100
  • Eden Blennerhassett
    signed 2023-10-04 11:44:21 +1100