Lismore Mayor urges govt to release flood report

Lismore Mayor urges govt to release flood report

The Mayor of Lismore in northern NSW has asked the state government to release a flood inquiry report after hearing unconfirmed leaks from the media and nothing from the government.

The ABC understands that the state government has received a $3 billion recovery cost estimate within the findings of a 700-inch independent flood report it commissioned to investigate the preparation for, cause and response to the crisis.

Other recommendations include buybacks and land swaps, the rebuilding of assets, and economic measures.

Lismore Mayor Steve Krieg said he was frustrated the government had not publicly released the findings.

I read the information in the paper today, but I had no direct information from the government at all, Mr Krieg said.

In February and March, more than 4,000 homes were damaged by flooding.

The government will seek funding from the Commonwealth to help with rebuilding and disaster proofing of communities.

The recommendations of the inquiry, led by NSW Chief Scientist and Engineer Mary O'Kane and former police commissioner Mick Fuller, were handed over to Premier Dominic Perrottet a week ago.

The findings will likely lead to the disbanding of the Disaster Agency Resilience NSW, which was heavily criticised for its response to the floods in the Northern Rivers.

The ABC understands that a proposal to dismantle resilience NSW will be presented to cabinet.

Resilience NSW commissioner Shane Fitzsimmons, who was responsible for the government's response to the Black Summer bushfires, has not commented on his future employment.

The report is still being reviewed by the government.