Angry Lismore residents threw debris from their flooded homes outside Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s Sydney home to call for climate action.
- New South Wales residents who lost their homes in the floods protested outside Kirribilli House.
- They brought back debris from their houses destroyed by the floods
- An investigation into the floods and what happened after will be undertaken
In the hard-hit region of northern New South Wales, it is estimated that more than 3,000 homes in the local government area of Lismore have been assessed as “uninhabitable”.
At the height of the crisis, many residents waited for hours on the roofs, for lack of personnel and emergency equipment.
Protesters brought in pieces of their homes, toys and other belongings, which were destroyed by the deluge that devastated the Northern Rivers region.
They were holding signs such as: “Morrison, your mega climate flood has destroyed our homes”, “Lismore now, what next? and “Your climate inaction killed my neighbor.”
Lismore resident Kate Stroud said she wanted Mr Morrison to ‘understand the level of loss our community has suffered’.
“Imagine heaps 50 times that size outside every house.”
Lismore resident Melveena Martin said people were angry. Mr Morrison did not organize a public appearance where residents could share their stories.
The Prime Minister, who was in Queensland when the protest took place, traveled to Lismore after the floods but kept to a schedule of private appearances.
“To think that our prime minister came to our town and didn’t even speak to us and hid from us is absolutely deplorable,” Ms Martin said.
Another resident, Koudra Falla, said: “I had to swim under my house at 3 a.m. in choppy rapids because we could hear our neighbors calling for help.
Protesters dragged damaged furniture and artwork from a truck, throwing it outside the gates of Kirribilli House.
NSW Acting Premier Paul Toole said people were “free to go and protest”.
“We are in a democratic society and people are free to go and protest, but what people are concerned about here in the northern rivers is having a roof over your head,” he said. -he declares.
“Now is not the time for politics, this is not the time to run your platform, this is about making sure we help these communities rebuild.”
The demonstration followed the announcement of a independent investigation in the flood disaster which will examine what happened next and analyze the government’s response.
Retired Police Commissioner Mick Fuller and Independent Planning Commission Chair Mary O’Kane will lead the three-month independent investigation.
“We need a better response in the future,” Mr Toole said.