Our communities need to know that the funding they believed would come is definitely coming and that the RHP as promised will be completed.
The RHP was initially given funding of $750 million, but when officially drawn up and presented to Cabinet the figure stood at $1.5 billion. A decision was made by Cabinet to fund the first tranche and any commitment to the second tranche would follow.
The then Premier Dominic Perrottet assured us MPs and Mayors of this, and also the affected communities.
You will recall this, as yourself as Opposition Leader stated that you would back in what had been done and committed to the region we all represent and then again as Premier on your early visit to Lismore.
We are now asking for tranche two to come sooner than later so that the RHP can be completed.
Some nearly 16 months on from the humanitarian disaster that engulfed our communities we need to know that, as promised, we will not be forgotten and that we can recover to bring more stability into our communities.
Further to our request for tranche two funding to complete the RHP we request to meet you in person to discuss this matter and the overall issues impacting the flood recovery and rebuild, including the NRRC and its remit. It is fair to say that we were disappointed with their ‘maps’ release.
We look forward to your response and working with you on this in a collaborative way together on seminal issues that impact our community.
Janelle Saffin MP, Member for Lismore
Geoff Provest MP, Member for Tweed
Tamara Smith MP, Member for Ballina
Richie Williamson MP, Member for Clarence
Councillor Steve Krieg, Mayor of Lismore
Councillor Kylie Thomas, Mayor of Kyogle
Councillor Sharon Cadwallader, Mayor of Ballina Shire
Councillor Michael Lyon, Mayor of Byron Shire
Councillor Chris Cherry, Mayor of Tweed Shire
Councillor Ian Tiley, Mayor of Richmond Valley
Councillor Robert Mustow, Mayor of Clarence Valley