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June 18, 2024

Only three flood buybacks done in Byron Shire

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The most recent data from the Resilient Homes Program (buybacks, house raising and retrofits), administered by the SW Reconstruction Authority (RA), shows Byron Shire has just three buyback purchases completed, as of May 10, 2024.

Byron Shire also has had six buy-back offers approved, six buyback offers accepted, and four buyback contracts issued.

The overwhelming majority of offers approved, accepted, contracts issued and completed purchases are in Lismore, with Tweed and Richmond coming in behind.

In Lismore, 311 three buyback purchases have been completed

Online stats removed

Without notice, RA has removed its online Resilient Homes Program dashboard that provided the public with stats on how the program was progressing.

The Echo asked RA why it was removed, and a spokesperson replied, The A regularly updates these figures in various channels including the Community Leaders Forum, the RA’s Community Update and in responses to media enquiries.

The program was initially presented to cabinet at a cost of $1.5b, yet after flood mapping was released, the figure was halved.

This is despite thousands of flood-affected residents making applications in good faith.

Local MP Tamara Smith previously told The Echo she expects very few people in Byron Shire to be eligible for the programs.

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  1. Can you do some investigating journalism and find out where the money has gone, start with how much has been spent on the administration departments like RA and Scomo’s mates the John Lyn Group, all the bureaucrats, and the grant sponging so called community support groups?

  2. We have been declined three times now, our house was inundated to the second level, there needs to be a fill investigation we a feel.unheard and not cared about, even our MPs don’t care.


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