How Lismore people in flood zone can apply for at-home caravan program

Updated September 6 2022 - 10:54am, first published September 2 2022 - 9:18am

The at-home caravan program for flood-affected Northern Rivers residents will be expanded to more communities to provide additional medium-term housing relief.

Lismore has now been included in the at-home caravan program, with vans sourced by Camplify. Picture by Resilience NSW
Lismore has now been included in the at-home caravan program, with vans sourced by Camplify. Picture by Resilience NSW

Minister for Emergency Services and Resilience and Minister for Flood Recovery Steph Cooke said the program is being extended to include residents in 15 areas across the Ballina, Lismore and Tweed local government areas (LGAs).

Housing is the biggest challenge in the flood recovery effort and there is no one-size-fits-all solution when it comes to medium-term housing solutions, Ms Cooke said.

Caravans have already been delivered to more than 110 households in Woodburn and we want this opportunity to be rolled out to more communities in the Northern Rivers.

Caravans will be sourced from Camplify, and located on the residents private property at no cost, with properties assessed during a face-to-face application process between owners and Resilience NSW to ensure it can safely accommodate a caravan.

Residents in the following areas will be able to register for the at-home caravan program:

  • Ballina LGA: Ballina, East Ballina, Empire Vale, Keith Hall, Patches Beach and West Ballina;
  • Lismore LGA: East Lismore, North Lismore and South Lismore; and
  • Tweed LGA: Burringbar, Chinderah, Condong, Mooball, South Murwillumbah and Tumbulgum.

Camplify CEO Justin Hales said the caravans provide people in need with a reliable home, and called on more caravan owners to consider registering their vans to the cause.

By repurposing our caravan supply we can give people a place to stay on their own properties while they manage the difficult task of repairing and rebuilding from the floods, Mr Hales said.

Camplify will work with Resilience NSW to source and coordinate the placement of the vans through its community of van owners within its relief program.

Residents can register for the at-home caravan program at:

  • Ballina Indoor Sports Centre, 63 Cherry Street on Wednesday 7 and Friday 9 September between 9am and 4pm;
  • Lismore recovery assistance point, Harold Fredericks car park on Monday 5 and Tuesday 6 September between 9am and 4pm; and
  • Murwillumbah Recovery Centre, Murwillumbah Civic Centre, 10-14 Tumbulgum Road on Thursday 8 September between 9am and 4pm.