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2022 Floods

Greens back community demands for fully funded flood recovery, as two-year anniversary approaches

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Greens back community demands for fully funded flood recovery, as two-year anniversary approaches

 

Greens representatives and local candidate joined a community meeting to seek additional funding for the Resilient Homes Program, a fully funded flood recovery grant, as thousands of flood survivors continue to go without buybacks, retrofits and raises nearly two years after the devastating floods of 2022.

The Greens MPs and candidate in attendance include:

  • Tamara Smith MP, Member for Ballina and NSW Greens Disaster Relief Spokesperson
  • Mandy Nolan, Greens candidate for Richmond
  • Sue Higginson MLC, NSW Greens North Coast Spokesperson, and
  • Amanda Cohn MLC, NSW Greens Emergency Services Spokesperson.

In December of last year, 38 community groups signed an open letter demanding $700m in additional funding for the Resilient Homes Program from state and federal Labor governments, as well as a clear timeline for delivery and better communication from the NSW Reconstruction Authority.

Following the 2023 state election, Premier Chris Minns acknowledged that “$1.6 million was promised” to the Resilient Homes and Lands Programs. And yet, nearly two years on from the floods, an estimated three-quarters of flood survivors have been deemed ineligible for the Program due to a $700m shortfall in funding. Only 8% of applicants have been declared eligible in Byron Shire.

Despite Premier Minns promising to seek further funds from the federal Labor government, local Labor MP Justine Elliot maintains the state government has not requested further funding.

The Greens are calling for state and federal governments to announce the promised $700 million in funding for buybacks, retrofits and raises before the two-year flood anniversary on February 28th.

Quotes attributable to Tamara Smith, Member for Ballina. 

“Why is it that our community has to do the heavy lifting again and again when it comes to demanding the flood recovery we were promised and that has still not been delivered?”

“In the two years since the catastrophic flood events there have been less than 10 families in my electorate supported by the Resilient Homes program!”

“I’m in awe of the resilience of our community and their determination to stand up for the support they deserve and I’ve got their back 100%.”

“We will not stop standing up on this issue. Just last week, I questioned the Premier on this funding shortfall and I will keep the pressure up alongside our incredible community.”

Greens MPs backing community demands for fully funded flood recovery.

Quotes attributable to Mandy Nolan, Greens candidate for Richmond. 

“It was incredible to sit with the flood-affected community today and work together to find the best way to hold our governments to account and get a fully funded flood recovery for our region,” said Mandy.

“In just a couple of weeks, it will have been 2 years since the floods, 2 years since those whose homes were flooded were promised financial support to recover. Thousands of those people are still waiting.

“We’ve got state and federal Labor governments that could fix the funding shortfall in a heartbeat but they simply refuse. The biggest takeaway from today was that we need to keep putting pressure on the government to provide the funding we were promised.

“The Greens stand behind the community’s demands for the State and Federal Government to jointly fund the resilient homes program so that all 6,000 applicants receive support.

“Our federal Member for Richmond needs to join the calls of our community and demand the State Government act to fully fund our recovery instead of passing the buck.

Quotes attributable to, Sue Higginson, Greens NSW MP, 

“The NSW Labor Government has failed to deliver on their commitments to fully support flood-impacted residents in the Northern Rivers.”

“Here in the Northern Rivers we have been through hell, and making things worse is the continued failure of the Government to facilitate and fund the community-led recovery we need and have been demanding.”

“Climate impacted communities are being failed by both sides of politics, with Labor and the Nationals more interested in giving billions to fossil fuel interests while drip feeding funds for disaster recovery.”

“We need a radical shift in focus from the Government, who are insistent on top-down approaches which are focussed on quick fixes and continuing to allow development in high-risk areas, to putting communities, safety and the environment first.”

“Climate change is here, it is not going to go away, and disasters will become more intense and more frequent. The Government needs to work with our communities to get this right, for all of our sakes.”

Quotes attributable to Amanda Cohn, Greens NSW MP.

“The Northern Rivers region is a model for the strength of community-led disaster recovery and resilience. It’s past time for the state and federal government to get behind this approach which will benefit many more disaster-impacted communities in future”.

 

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2022 Floods

$300,000 funding agreement to help deliver flood resilient land in the Byron Shire

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$300,000 funding agreement to help deliver flood resilient land in the Byron Shire

 

The NSW Government is providing Byron Shire Council $300,000 through the Resilient Lands Program to provide safe, flood resilient land for new housing at the Saddle Road Precinct in Brunswick Heads.

The funding from the NSW Reconstruction Authority (RA) will allow Council to complete a Structure Plan, Infrastructure Priority Plan, technical studies, and community engagement to investigate suitability for new housing and public infrastructure in the precinct.

Located on the western side of the Pacific Motorway, the site is just five minutes by car to Brunswick Heads and eight to Mullumbimby. It is well above projected flood heights which will provide opportunities for new homes off the flood plain.

Saddle Road is the third site to be identified under the RA’s Resilient Lands Program (RLP). The site is also the first to be identified outside of the Lismore LGA under the program, and has also been flagged in Byron Shire Council’s Residential Strategy as a key site for future residential development.

It follows the recent announcement of 400 new lots in East Lismore and up to 50 new households in the Mount Pleasant Estate at Goonellabah.

While the final number of homes at Saddle Road will be determined following detailed planning and community engagement, based on site-specifications, it is estimated between 500-800 homes could be delivered.

The RLP is accelerating the delivery of new land and housing options, linking with the $700 million Resilient Homes Program (RHP), giving flood impacted homeowners a pathway to move to a safer location.

The RA will work with RHP buyback participants to secure suitable and affordable land and will provide further support to those eligible who wish to relocate their existing homes.

For more information, visit NSW Reconstruction Authority.

Minister for Planning and Public Spaces Paul Scully said:

“This funding is a win-win for the community and Byron Shire Council.

“Not only will it help to unlock flood-resilient lots for people to build on, it also helps Council and the NSW Government deliver on its promise of more homes for our growing population.

“The land is positioned near existing services and an established community and will provide a beautiful, safe place to live for those affected by the nearby flood plain.”

Parliamentary Secretary for Disaster Recovery Janelle Saffin said:

“The announcement of this third site under the Resilient Lands Program is the first one outside of Lismore.

“Locals communities and Councils can be assured that the wheels of the RLP are starting to turn right across the Northern Rivers.

“This announcement will be followed by others in our local government areas and will see more land become available, giving people accepting buybacks in the Resilient Homes Program a variety of places to choose from.”

Byron Shire Council Mayor Michael Lyon said:

“We are thrilled to receive this initial funding support which will not only benefit members of our community displaced by the natural disasters in 2022, but also address the housing crisis that has existed since before the floods.

“Council can now get on with the important job of structure planning for this site on The Saddle Road and get the land ready for building flood-resilient houses more quickly which is a huge win.

“The work ahead includes an Aboriginal Heritage and Environmental Sensitivity Assessment, a Structure Plan that includes a vision and concept plan for the site, a Planning Proposal to amend Council’s LEP and an Infrastructure Priority Plan that addresses the infrastructure required to support a new community such as roads, sewer and water.

“As these works are progressed, we look forward to working with our community to achieve the best outcomes.”

 

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2022 Floods

Lismore’s Damaged Structures Demolished for New Facilities

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Lismore’s Damaged Structures Demolished for New Facilities

 

In a significant development for Lismore’s recovery, demolition work has started on eight buildings that were critically damaged during the 2022 flood disaster.

This marks a pivotal step in the city’s efforts to rebuild and revitalise affected areas.

Brett Lee, the Council’s program manager, highlighted the necessity of these demolitions for public safety and the future reactivation of the sites. “These buildings have long served the community, but the extensive damage from the February 2022 natural disaster means it’s time to clear the way for new developments,” he stated.

Demolition activities kicked off last week with the takedown of the old Essential Energy building located at the corner of Ballina Road and Conway Street. The next structures slated for removal include the old Scout Hall on Wilson Street and the Humbley Oval Hockey Club Kiosk.

Plans are also set for the demolition of the toilet block and pumphouse at Lismore Lake, to be replaced by a new modular toilet to serve the lake park patrons.

Furthermore, the weatherboard building at Sam Trimble Oval is due to be replaced with a new facility that includes an accessible toilet with timed locks, a large shade shelter, lockable storage, and utility access. The existing brick amenities block at this location will also undergo upgrades.

At Neilson Park in East Lismore, the canteen or old cricket shed will be razed to make room for a new modular toilet/changeroom. Similarly, the amenities block at Wade Park and McKenzie Park in North Lismore are scheduled for demolition to pave the way for the installation of modern modular toilets.

These developments are part of a broader initiative to not only enhance the infrastructure but also to ensure Lismore’s resilience and readiness for future challenges. The community looks forward to the completion of these projects, which promise improved amenities and a revitalized urban environment.

 

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Jewellery Design Centre Launches “Tell Our Stories” to Celebrate Lismore’s History

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Jewellery Design Centre Launches “Tell Our Stories” to Celebrate Lismore’s History

 

Advertorial by Daniel Pinkerton

The Lismore Jewel Centre, a beloved fixture in the community, has reopened its doors in the Starcourt Arcade under a new name: Jewellery Design Centre. To celebrate they are launching a heartwarming initiative to commemorate the history and cherished memories of Lismore and the old store.

“Since reopening, we’ve had so many come and tell us how happy they are we’re back and share their fond memories of the old Jewel Centre” says owners Gary and Mariska Pinkerton.

“We love it, and so we want to invite more people to share their stories with us!”

The old Lismore Jewel Centre now known as Jewellery Design Centre now launches Launches "Tell Our Stories"

The old Lismore Jewel Centre. It will be missed dearly.

The ‘Tell Our Stories’ campaign invites locals to share their personal stories of connection, community and the special jewellery that has played an important role in their lives.

“The stories have played a special role in our lives too,” says Mariska.

“While we were closed after the flood, we did house calls and had customers come visit us at home which put a whole new light on the jewellery experience. All of a sudden the glitz was gone and our appointments were stripped back to just us and our customers. In this setting people naturally began to share their heart felt experiences with us, and we got to know them in a whole new way.”

It was this experience, they explain, that inspired the new Jewellery Design Centre in Lismore’s Starcourt Arcade.

“It’s smaller and not as ritzy as the old Jewel Centre was,” says Gary of the new store, “But for us it captures that feeling we felt when we would sit around dining tables with our customers.”

Jewellery Design Centre Launches "Tell Our Stories"

Just like home- a picture of the new interior’s cosy setting.

Gary and Mariska are now inviting community members to visit the store and share their own memories and experiences, with the chance to win exciting prizes.

Each person who shares their story online or in-store will be entered into a draw to win a $500 voucher, while those who have a piece repaired, remade, or custom-designed during the campaign period will have the opportunity to win a pair of $1,500 diamond earrings.

“We especially want to hear stories about the rich history of Lismore, memories of the old Jewel Centre or touching moments where jewellery has played a special part in your life.”

“More than the prizes, this is about celebrating the stories of the Northern Rivers and the memories that bind us together,” says Mariska.

Jewellery Design Centre Launches "Tell Our Stories"

Entries are open until May 24. For more information about the “Tell Our Stories” giveaway and how to participate, visit the Jewellery Design Centre in the Starcourt Arcade or follow the QR codes below to their social media channels.

 

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