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December 4, 2022

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Thanks for explaining in last week’s Echo, the three ways in which the state’s Reconstruction Corporation will spread the current round of $800 million in grant money. 

I urge every homeowner of a house flooded in 2022 to apply. 

Please do not be put off by rumours that your property is not eligible. 

It is only by applying that we can demonstrate to government who needs what. 

This round of funding will buy back 2,000 homes will raise 2,000 other homes, if they can be raised, and will wet-proof 2,000 homes that can’t be raised. The money will cover seven local council areas and I imagine much of it will stay in the Bulina (Richmond River) valley. 

Our Byron Shire has thousands of homes on floodplains that we saw inundated in February and March. Please take the time to let government know that we need this support to keep our community connected, by being able to stay in place using the three measures: retrofit (wet-proofing), house-raising, and buyback (which should be accompanied by an option of land-swap). Please apply at www.nsw.gov.au/nrrc.

Duncan Dey, Main Arm

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