Resilient Land Program

The Resilient Lands Program is part of a suite of measures the NRRC is coordinating to deliver a sustainable supply of suitable land to deliver housing options in the Northern Rivers. The program is being delivered alongside the Resilient Homes Program that was announced in October 2022.

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These programs are funded through the Resilient Homes Fund, including:

  1. $700 million for the Resilient Homes Program, 50:50 co-funded by the Australian Government and NSW Government. 
  2. $100 million for the Resilient Lands Program, fully funded by the NSW Government.

What are the objectives of the Resilient Lands Program? 

The Resilient Lands Program encompasses  place-based strategy, policy and planning to enable the Northern Rivers communities to build back better. 

A key component of the Resilient Lands Program is a process to identify flood-safe land suitable for redevelopment to help relocate Northern Rivers residents impacted by the 2022 floods.

How will the Resilient Lands Program deliver housing options for residents?

The Resilient Lands Program is being delivered through a seven-step Resilient Lands Roadmap (the Roadmap). The Roadmap began with the opening of the Resilient Lands Expression of Interest and will lead to investment of the $100 million Resilient Lands Fund to deliver a range of options in the Northern Rivers for flood impacted residents and the Northern Rivers community.

The NRRC is also working with local councils and state agencies to identify opportunities on public and council owned land that may be suitable for development as part of the Resilient Lands Program.

7 steps in NRRC Roadmap: 1 Lands EOI open for private landholders, 2 Land Suitability Stage 1 - LandIQ, 3 Land Suitability Stage 2 - Expert Panel, 4, Exhibition, 5 Review, 6 Resilient Lands Strategy, 7 Investment and delivery

Where are we up to in the Roadmap?

The Landholder Expressions of Interest is the first step of the Resilient Land Program and will allow the NSW Government to work with the community to understand land availability options in the Northern Rivers. This step is now complete.

Step 2 – Land Suitability Assessment Stage 1 – Land iQ has commenced. It is anticipated that this step will be completed by March 2023. 

This will enable the NRRC to identify a sustainable pipeline of residential development that delivers a range of options for flood impacted residents in the Northern Rivers.

How will the expression of interest applications be assessed?

To ensure a robust process that provides additional homes, reduces community risk and considers environmental values, all expressions of interest applications will be reviewed using a two-stage Land Suitability Assessment. 

The first stage of the assessment process uses the Department of Planning and Environment’s Land iQ system. Land iQ is a whole of government spatial tool that offers advanced analytics to rapidly but robustly assess land based on more than 200 data sets.

You can find more information on Land iQ here

This assessment will include a number of key measures including land zoning, assessment of flood and bushfire risk, important biodiversity values and strategic alignment with state and local government plans. 

The second stage of the assessment process will be undertaken by an independent expert panel  with expertise in one or more of the following areas:

  • Aboriginal cultural heritage 
  • Affordable and key worker housing
  • Climate change
  • Environmental management 
  • Government and public administration 
  • Infrastructure and services
  • Natural disaster management 
  • Planning 
  • Traffic and transport management

Find out more about the Resilient Land Program

Frequently asked questions (FAQs)

Research and programs

Contact us

Email us at info@nrrc.nsw.gov.au

Call Service NSW on: 13 77 88

Find out more about flood recovery support

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The Northern Rivers Reconstruction Corporation (NRRC) manages the rebuilding of flood-impacted communities in the Northern Rivers region. Find out more about their approach, roadmap and governance.

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