The money is there for 2000 flood damaged homes: What happens next?

ABOVE: Prime Minister Anthony Albanese, Premier Dominic Perrottet and State MP Janelle Saffin visit Brian Burgin’s home in North Lismore. Photo: Contributed

Susanna Freymark

After the announcement of $800 million for the Resilient Homes Program, residents impacted by the floods need to know what happens next.

The Prime Minister Anthony Albanese and Premier Dominic Perrottet were in Lismore on Friday, October 28 to offer options for 2000 flood damaged homes.

Those options include retrofitting, house raising and voluntary buybacks for eligible flood affected homeowners in the seven council areas of Richmond Valley, Kyogle, Lismore, Clarence Valley, Ballina, Tweed and Byron.

Am I eligible? What do I do next?

A Northern Rivers Reconstruction Corporation spokesperson said each individual had different circumstances and this would be recognised when the corporation reaches out to eligible homeowners from next week, starting Monday, October 31. 

Public information sessions will be held across all seven LGAs from Friday, November 4.

When the registration details and the information session schedule are available, you can find out about it here.

Homeowners who have registered for the Flood Property Assessment Program are automatically considered for the Resilient Homes Program.

Other homeowners can register their interest by completing the online form.

The NSW Government will contact eligible homeowners directly.

The $800 million package is made up of the $700 million joint funding from the State and Commonwealth governments and the $100 million land acquisition program from the NSW Government.

A house in Woodburn damaged in the floods. Photo: Susanna Freymark

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