Get heard about flood recovery

Tweed Valley Way sustained major damage from the flood event at Greenhills at Murwillumbah South, in the vicinity of Blacks Drain. Photo Tweed Shire Council

Tweed Valley Way sustained major damage from the flood event at Greenhills at Murwillumbah South, in the vicinity of Blacks Drain. Photo Tweed Shire Council

How do you think the flood recovery went in your area? Was it good, bad or ugly? It has been around six months since Cyclone Debbie hit the north coast and there are still plenty of people and business who are just getting back onto the feet.

The University Centre for Rural Health (UCRH) are doing a survey looking at the impact of this year’s floods on community wellbeing across the Northern Rivers and they want to hear from as many people in the community as possible.

Project co-ordinator Dr Veronica Matthews from UCRH says, ‘We want to hear from as many local people as possible to give us the full picture of the impact of the floods on our health and wellbeing in rural cities, towns and villages. 

‘We’ve had great community support for this, and we’d like people to keep getting the word out. The more responses we have, the more valuable the evidence we gather about flood recovery. So everyone who fills it out is helping the broader community.’

This survey is for EVERYONE 16 years and over, whether your home, business or property was flooded or not, across the Lismore, Tweed Byron, Kyogle, Ballina, and Richmond Valley, local government areas.

‘This will be valuable information because our region is a hot spot for natural disasters.’

The survey runs until November 6 and is available online here. Hard copies of the survey are available at local libraries,  Lifeline and Salvation Army stores. Or by calling UCRH on 6620 7570

UCRH Director Ross Bailie says ’This is an opportunity to turn our flood stories into the evidence we need, to help policy makers understand where the gaps in services are, and what works best for community recovery.’

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