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December 1, 2022

Premier secretly visits Mullum’s pod fiasco

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NSW Premier Dominic Perrottet at the launch of the NSW Flood Inquiry in Lismore. He then came to Mullumbimby to visit the pod site on Prince Street. 

NSW Premier Dominic Perrottet (Liberal) quietly inspected temporary pod construction works in Prince Street, Mullumbimby last Thursday. 

The Echo understands he was invited to the area by local MP, Tamara Smith (Greens), as he was in the region to release the Independent Flood Report.

Local member Tamara Smith and Premier Dominic Perrottet in Mullumbimby during a previous. flood related visit. Photo Simon Haslam.

When asked why the visit was kept secret, Ms Smith told The Echo it was a request from his office.

Ms Smith told The Echo, ‘I was appreciative that the Premier came to see the kinds of cruel decisions that our community is being forced to make because of bureaucratic short-sightedness. Why should vulnerable people, who are flood victims and desperate to be housed in temporary housing pods, be pitted against other flood victims?’

‘I raised the Prince Street issue with the Premier as emblematic of what happens on the ground when bureaucracies do not consult early, and often, with the community. A few people on Council is not the same thing as consulting broadly across the community to see potential problems, but also potential solutions.

‘Apparently, the proposal was originally for relocatable pods on wheels, and no landfill. Apparently, Council was only asked to nominate Crown land in Mullum – which is all flood prone. What the heck?’ 

Ms Smith added, ‘With billions of dollars being spent on recovery, this cannot be the best that our community deserves.’ 


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5 COMMENTS

  1. More typical bureaucratic bullshit solutions to local problems.
    Michael Lyon and co again show they are out of their depth … but they know all the catchy lingo wordspeek, don’t they?

      • Don’t place flood displaced families back onto flood prone land and don’t exacerbate higher flooding into surrounding homes by bringing hundreds of truckloads of fill into Mullumbimby where many of the houses opposite this site are still unliveable because of flooding….its an absurd solution . Just because this site was cheap and available doesn’t make it the right site for emergency housing…..

  2. Although the Premier was invited by the local member , Green’s Tamara Smith , somehow the Echo didn’t know.

    Thus making it a ‘secret’

    This says more about the Echo than the visit , methinks.

  3. What a wonderful indictment of our so called democracy, when these ‘so called politicians’ are only prepared to make an appearance, if it is in total secrecy and there is a fast get away via the back-door.
    This has been forced on ‘Pair o’ Tits ‘, in this case , for if against all nefarious legal shenanigans to ensure total plausible deniability and absolutely NO legal responsibility ( as we have seen with the whole fraudulent NSW ‘Trade Commissioners scam , hi Porky, etc etc. ! ) his monstrous incompetence might some how raise the ire of the locals, and force a modicum of just retribution or even just , acknowledgement of his congenital incapacity to represent any, without a private school background and at least one third-world ‘nanny’
    but… this is all conjecture and never going to happen that’s why we have a police force and courts , to ensure there will be no justice, confrontation nor accountability.
    Cheers, G”)

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