EIGHT: The board that will advise flood corporation

ABOVE: The advisory board members are. TOP ROW: Michael Rayner, Andrew Hall, Gary Barnes, Jane Laverty. BOTTOM ROW: Peter Duncan, Sharon Cadwallader, Darren Kershaw and Michael Cassel.

Eight people have been selected to the advisory board of the Northern Rivers Reconstruction Corporation tasked with rebuilding flood impacted communities in the Northern Rivers.

The board members are:

Gary Barnes, Department Regional NSW

Michael Cassel, Department of Planning and Environment

Peter Duncan, NSW Independent Planning Commission, former chief executive of Roads and Maritime Services

Andrew Hall, chief executive Insurance Council of Australia

Darren Kershaw, North Coast Aboriginal Development Alliance

Jane Laverty, Business NSW

Sharon Cadwallader, Northern Rivers Joint Organisation

Michael Rayner, former general manager Tweed Shire Council, Tweed community member, technical expert

The advisory board meets NRRC chief executive David Witherdin for the first time today, Friday, August 5.

A lot rides on the man who will lead the flood rebuild

Deputy Premier Paul Toole said the board would advise on the flood recovery work already underway and give on-the-ground feedback on the rebuild of large and complex infrastructure.

The NRRC was created by the State Government to coordinate the planning, rebuilding and construction work of essential services, infrastructure and housing across the local government areas of  Kyogle, Richmond Valley, Clarence Valley Ballina, Byron, Tweed, and Lismore.

Much of the NRRC’s focus will be driven by the recommendations from the independent flood inquiry led by Professor Mary O’Kane and Michael Fuller.

The State Government is considering the inquiry recommendations which are expected to be released to the public some time this month.

One of those recommendations considers the role of Resilience NSW. Premier Dominic Perrottet has not commented on whether RESNSW will be scrapped or made into a smaller organisation.

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