Nationals’ candidate for the Seat of Lismore, Austin Curtin has today launched a petition calling on the NSW Government to commit $8.2 million in funding for the first stage of a new flood mitigation plan.

Stage 1 of the plan developed by Lismore City Council and Rous County Council will see the excavation of a channel near Lismore Airport to divert flood water from Leycester Creek, allowing it to spread across the floodplain around South Lismore.

Mr Curtin said the petition is about showing the State Government the Lismore community wants action now.

“We need to restore confidence to residents and business operators and show them they have a future in this community,” he said.

“The first stage of this flood mitigation plan is shovel ready and has the support of the Floodplain Risk Management Committee, action should be taken now so it doesn’t become a political football come election time.

“I have been meeting with and listening to the community’s business owners. They have been saying something needs to be done to reduce the flood risk or they will have to leave town, taking jobs with them.

“Lismore is the place my family and I are proud to call home, but the flood risk is restricting business growth and I fear if this continues there will be fewer job opportunities for our children in the future.

“From today this petition will go live with hard copies located in businesses throughout the CBD and South Lismore and I’m asking you to join me in signing it because this community cannot afford another natural disaster,” he said.

For more information please visit austincurtin.com.au/floods and on Austin’s Facebook.