New man in charge of authority leading flood recovery

Janelle Saffin MP with Deputy Commissioner Mal Lanyon at SCU. Photo: Simon Mumford from Lismore App

After seven months on the job, chief executive Simon Draper is leaving the NSW Reconstruction Authority.

Mr Draper came on board when the former Northern Rivers Reconstruction Corporation collapsed and was replaced by the NSW Reconstruction Authority.

He will finish up at the Authority to focus on his position as secretary of the Premier’s Department.  He had been doing both jobs since September last year.

NSW Police Force Deputy Commissioner Mal Lanyon has been appointed to act as the chief executive officer of the Authority starting April 8.

Deputy Commissioner Lanyon led flood recovery efforts in the Northern Rivers as the Northern NSW Recovery Coordinator in 2022.

The NSW Reconstruction Authority was established in December 2022 to help the community with flood recovery. One of the major tasks has been on housing and buybacks.

State MP Janelle Saffin who is also parliamentary secretary for Disaster Recovery said she worked “alongside Mal following the devastating floods in the Northern Rivers and am thrilled to be working with him again”.

“I thank Simon Draper for establishing the NSW Reconstruction Authority, and for doing such a fantastic job of getting us to the stage where we now have a State Disaster Mitigation Plan and teams in locations across the state.”

Simon Draper.

The information in this story was provided by the NSW Government.

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