Reconstruction Authority doorknocks homes in flood impacted villages

A flood damaged home in Woodburn.

Susanna Freymark

Some people in Woodburn, Broadwater and Coraki got a knock on the door this week from NSW Reconstruction Authority staff to discuss flood recovery.

Authority staff – with assistance from Recovery Support Services and Red Cross – aimed to help residents with grant funding applications if needed and to check on the condition of their homes.

A spokesperson said it was part of “our commitment to helping communities recover and rebuild”.

It is a more hands-on approach to the flood recovery, now being led by NSW Reconstruction Authority chief executive Simon Draper.

The approach is markedly different to the phone calls residents received in July informing them they weren’t eligible for a buyback from the Northern Rivers Reconstruction Corporation. That corporation has been merged into the NSW Reconstruction Authority and its chief executive David Witherdin has left. has asked the authority how many buybacks have been offered and settled in Richmond Valley. It has said it will supply that information “soon”.

As well as the door-to-door outreach, pop-up information offices are operating across seven LGAs including Richmond Valley and Kyogle.

There is also a fortnightly meeting of community leaders plus mayors and MPs.

We have asked anyone who did get a doorknock to contact and let us know how it went.

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