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Voluntary House purchase

Voluntary House Purchase was a recommendation of Council’s Floodplain Risk Management Studies completed in 2014 and 2015.

The scheme aims to permanently remove at-risk people from high flood hazard areas (areas with high flood depths and velocities) by buying their houses. The properties are then back-zoned for more flood compatible uses, such as parkland or farming.

The NSW Government has approved Voluntary House Purchase in the high flood hazard areas of South Murwillumbah, Bray Park, Burringbar and Mooball.

Under the scheme, the price paid for a home (compensation) is determined by an independent valuer with the Office of Environment and Heritage paying two-thirds of the price and Council picking up the remainder.

Council has identified individual homes for the scheme and will speak with homeowners to see if they are interested in selling.

The scheme will take many years to roll out and relies on funding from the NSW State Government (Council has to apply for funding each financial year).

Media release: State okays Council to buy high flood risk homes (2018)

Voluntary House Purchasing Scheme plans

These plans were publically exhibited and adopted by Council in August 2019:

Express an interest

To express an interest in the voluntary house purchase scheme email your property and contact details to or write to PO Box 816 Murwillumbah NSW 2484.

House raising scheme

Voluntary House Raising Scheme

The Tweed has many flood prone houses. The economic and social burden of flooding on the community can be reduced by raising these dwellings to increase their flood immunity.

Council's Voluntary House Raising Scheme aims to reduce flood damage to houses by raising the habitable floor level of individual buildings.

Both the Tweed Valley and Tweed Coastal Creeks Floodplain Risk Management Plans recommended a house raising scheme.

The State Government's Department of Planning, Industry and Environment will provide two-thirds of the eligible cost of raising a house. The house owner will be responsible for providing the other third. Council will manage and administer the scheme.

Benefits of the scheme include:

  • less flood damage to houses and their contents
  • reduced personal loss, stress and post-flood trauma
  • reduced frequency of household disruption
  • reduced clean up after floods

The draft Tweed Voluntary House Raising Scheme was on exhibition until 10 June 2020 for public viewing and comment.

Draft Tweed Voluntary House Raising Scheme (2.63mB PDF)

The draft document outlines a process for eligible property owners. A list of properties will not be published (this information is confidential) but eligible property owners will receive a letter from Council about the scheme.

Media release: Community to have say on scheme to raise home above flood level

Am I eligible?

To check eligibility for the scheme contact our Flooding and Stormwater Engineer on (02) 6670 2400.

Frequently asked questions (258kB PDF)

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