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Nine temporary accommodation sites have been secured by the NSW Government across the Northern Rivers region to house flood-affected residents, with more to come.
The nine sites, which will be added to over the coming weeks, will have capacity for around 800 temporary modular homes known as ‘pods’ and will be located at:
Wollongbar Sports Fields, Wollongbar;
Adjacent to Tweed Holiday Parks, Pottsville North;
Bath Street, Wardell;
Park Street, Evans Head;
Booyong Street, Evans Head;
Alphadale Street, Lindendale;
Southern Cross University, Lismore
The corner of Wagner and Uralba Streets, Woodburn; and
Lismore Golf Course, East Lismore.
In addition to the first temporary housing site at Wollongbar Sports Fields, work has now commenced on a Crown Land site adjacent to the Tweed Holiday Parks at Pottsvile North. This location will accommodate up to 55 caravans.
Deputy Premier and Minister for Regional NSW Paul Toole said the NSW Government is focussed on delivering flexible support to meet the needs of all residents impacted by the unprecedented flooding.
“In the first instance we want to be able to get as many people as possible safely back into their own homes but we know for many people this is simply not an option.
“The announcement of a further eight additional sites, providing temporary housing for people, is part of our commitment to keeping communities together as they navigate their ongoing recovery, with more in pipeline.”
Minister for Emergency Services and Resilience and Minister for Flood Recovery Steph Cooke said the NSW Government is working hard to deliver a range of housing solutions across the Northern Rivers region.
“The types of temporary accommodation now in production include caravans, Minderoo pods, self-contained studio homes and one, two or three bedroom modular homes, ensuring that a range of family sizes can be accommodated,” Ms Cooke said.
“Housing remains one of the most pressing needs for people in flood-affected communities and is why we’re using all of the resources at our disposal to get people the help they need now and in the months to come.
“Each site was identified in partnership with local councils and I’d like to particularly recognise Southern Cross University, who have been a fantastic partner for us, hosting our recovery centre, the recent flood inquiry public meeting and now a temporary accommodation site.”
Once site establishment work and the connection of utilities is complete, each site will be handed over to a community housing provider, who will allocate and manage the ‘pods’.
Minister for Lands and Water Kevin Anderson said it is important that Crown Lands plays a part in the accommodation solution.
“We have put pen to paper on leasing arrangements that will enable Crown Land to play a significant role in supporting the residents of the Northern Rivers region, while they recover from this unprecedented flooding event,” Mr Anderson said.
The NSW Government is also working on longer-term housing solutions for flood-affected communities, such as the funding of social and Aboriginal housing.
The Northern Rivers Reconstruction Corporation has been created and tasked with coordinating planning, rebuilding and construction work of essential services, infrastructure and housing beyond the immediate response and recovery phase.