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July 14, 2024

Editorial: Flood goal post moved

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On Tuesday, the NRRC shot out a press release with four separate attachments and a summary. Unlike last week’s efforts, these are complex documents. 

Some scientific hydrology knowledge would be useful. 

Importantly, the latest offerings rely heavily on frequently asked questions (FAQ). 

How convenient for bureaucrats to ask themselves what they want to answer.

The first document assures flood-affected residents that an Appeals Panel has been established ‘to consider all appeals under the Resilient Homes Program’. 

No information is provided as to who is on the panel, what they are paid, or whether they are independent.

The next document is the six page Home Buyback Fact Sheet, which mainly offers more FAQs.

Over to the next document, the eight-page Home Raising and Home Retrofit Fact Sheet also offers more FAQs and more of what we already know. 

The most important document is the How Homes are Prioritised Fact Sheet. No indication is given as to how these new flood models change the outcomes for those 7,000 people who applied for assistance under the programs.  

We only know that local MP, Tamara Smith, says the new flood data has mostly demolished the chance that anyone from this electorate will be eligible.

The document says, ‘The flood hazard analysis has been defined in accordance with the Australian Institute for Disaster Resilience Guideline. More information can be found via the Australian Institute for Disaster Resilience (AIDR)’. 

The Byron Shire flood maps that are provided on the www.nsw.gov.au website, it should be said, are of low resolution and are of poor quality. It is hard to define what areas are high to low priority. 

It’s an incredible insult to the entire region that suffered from these floods in 2022.

For more bureaucratic waffle and senseless bullshit, visit www.nsw.gov.au/regional-nsw/northern-rivers-reconstruction-corporation/resilient-homes-fund/resilient-homes-program.

Hans Lovejoy, editor

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  1. But that can’t true Hans, as the leftist here said that big daddy government would fix everything and derided me for pointing out that govt programs never do what they purport to do, and cost a fortune. Everything must be ok, because government is omnipotent and loves us so very, very, much.

  2. Hans with respect mate.. it was ultimately the Prime Minister Albo who made this decision
    Not bureaucrats.. they 💯 percent would have
    Had run this by the Prime Minister before
    This latest kick in the guts decision was made for lismore..
    Now Hans if this was Morrison..you and you fellow
    Echo crew would have blown up delux ..
    You did not mention labor or Albo above in your
    Article? Why not ?

  3. Funny you discovered this as this issue was well covered by the abc. The 2 Tory comments above show how bemoaning big government it has led to a loss of expertise in the public service and the spending of billions in consultants like pwc.
    Actually barrow see how the new government is not leaving all decisions to the pm but using the ministers who exhibiting the confidence to run their portfolios where the previous government didn’t know who was responsible.

    • Uh incorrect Rod ..iam not a nailed on labor or greens supporter..even if the country gos to s4!t ..
      I vote for whoever will lead this country for the better of all ..did not even vote for the coalition
      At the last election..Rod get with the program
      Mate. Yes people’s below the Prime Minister
      Do mate decisions ..only if run by Albo first
      For something as important as the lismore
      And beyond floods..

  4. The money is already spent on consultants and maps that cost millions… Well done… Weren’t you all expecting this? I was, there was no way they were going to buy thousands of houses at peak boom prices … .more pie in the sky on your face!


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