The report is due to be handed down at the end of the month and may include advice to move parts of Lismore.
“We absolutely have to. If we have another flood like that in two or three years, and we’ve just gone back and done the same thing again and lives have been lost,” Perrottet said.
“Well, I would feel personally responsible.
“Many people have lost everything, and a lot of that has to be attributed to the mistakes of governments in the past.”
The Tweed Shire Mayor has echoed the premier’s sentiments to move parts of Lismore to prevent another flood devastation.
“The single thing that is going to make sure we are not back here doing the same thing in a few years’ time is getting people out of the floodplain,” Chris Cherry said during a public hearing.
Lismore MP Janelle Saffin has called on the government to help fund land swaps and the raising of homes as a solution to flooding.
“We can’t take too long, because people are making decisions now,” Saffin said.
However, residents have called the premier’s comments about moving out of the town “unhelpful” and “impractical”.
“I’m not moving, my business has been going for 33 years it’s a second generation family business,” Lismore business owner Matthew Healy said.
“If I walk away from my house, I’m never going to be able to buy another house because that’s my deposit gone,” another Lismore resident told 9News.
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