FIGHT THE FLOOD” PETITION HANDED TO THE NSW GOVERNMENT
Nationals candidate for Lismore Austin Curtin has today delivered the “Fight the Flood” Petition to the office of Member for Lismore Thomas George following overwhelming support from the community.
Hundreds of people have given their backing for this first stage of the plan developed by Rous County Council and Lismore City Council which includes the excavation of approximately 400,000 cubic metres of soil from highpoints in the flood plain behind South Lismore.
Mr Curtin said until today, none of the three levels of Government have had any evidence to show there is community support for this specific proposal.
“The Lismore community strongly supports investment into flood prevention rather than flood recovery. These signatures are proof the community want action. It’s time for the NSW Government to listen to our electorate and put forward the $8 million needed for flood mitigation in Lismore before the end of the year.
“Lismore businesses need to be shown they have a future. Lismore can’t be flood proofed but steps can be taken to reduce flooding. It’s time to restore a sense of confidence in the city and its residents” he said.
Mr Curtin has requested the petition be passed to Deputy Premier John Barilaro to be presented to Cabinet.
Mr Curtin said Stage 1 of this plan, allows flood prevention work to begin whilst a wider discussion and investigation into further mitigation options takes place.
“I strongly emphasise to the NSW Government, the importance of this work for Lismore City and urge the Government to fund the plans proposed by Council and Rous County Council. The plans are well supported by the community and both sides of politics”.
“This work would be a positive step forward for the people of Lismore. My focus is to tackle our flood concerns head on with energy and urgency” he said.
Despite the petition officially being handed to the Government, Mr Curtin will continue to use it to raise wider community awareness of the potential options to reduce Lismore’s flood risk.