With news today that Prime Minister Scott Morrison will be visiting Lismore City, Councillor Elly Bird, who is the co-ordinator for Resilient Lismore, says there are urgent matters that need attending to in the town.
‘With the Prime Minister in Lismore today, we really need him to hear the message about one of our most urgent and pressing needs. We are in desperate need of structural engineers, who can provide a professional assessment on whether houses are safe to live in or not.
Residents have nowhere else to go
Cr Bird said that right now there are a lot of residents who have moved back into their badly damaged homes because they have nowhere else to go. ‘These houses have not been adequately assessed for safety and it is a serious hazard.
‘These houses have power, no cooking facilities and have been severely damaged by the flood. Residents returning need professional assurance on whether it is safe for them to be there.
‘We need the Federal Government to rapidly deploy structural engineers to the Northern Rivers region so we can safely move people back into their homes, if they choose to return.
‘Mr Morrison must hear this important message as he tours our devastated city today.’