14 months since flood: First buyback completed by corporation, questions remain for LGAs

ABOVE: The owner of this house in South Lismore has made their intentions clear.

Susanna Freymark

The first buyback by the Northern Rivers Reconstruction Corporation has been done.

The location of the property was not revealed by the corporation.

The NRRC updated their website showing the number of buyback offers passing the 250 mark and the first home settlement completed.

The $700 million Resilient Homes Program has been criticised for its slowness in buybacks, retrofits and house raising since the February-March floods in 2022.

IndyNR.com have asked the NRRC for details about how many buyback offers have been made in Richmond Valley and Kyogle LGAs. We will publish those details when they come in.

This pie graph shows people who have registered for the program from each LGA. From: NRRC dashboard

The latest figures show that 831 people have been assessed as eligible for a buyback, and 326 valuations have been undertaken.

Of the 831 eligible for a buyback, 251 have received offers, up from 191 when the dashboard was last updated on April 27.

Sixty-one people have so far accepted an offer from the NRRC.

The number of people registered for the Resilient Homes Program sits at 6471.

Buybacks in some of the hardest flood hit areas of Lismore, Tweed, Byron Bay, Richmond Valley, Kyogle, Ballina and the Clarence Valley are being prioritised in the first phase of the program, the NRRC said.

The corporation has pledged to let everyone registered for the program know of their eligibility by the end of June.

If you live in Richmond Valley, Kyogle LGAs, we’d like to hear about your experience with the NRRC. Email indynr.com@gmail.com

To view the latest dashboard, go here.

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