SORT is a community volunteer group that has the sole purpose of investigating if the construction of the M1 Pacific Motorway had an adverse effect on all residents who suffered in the Feb 2022 Lismore Floods.
About 1000 Residents, both Tenants and Owners, Business Operators & Owners, and many Farmers from Woodburn to Ballina formed SORT after the Lismore floods.
We all want to know if the new Motorway made the floods worse for us. That said, it is our “Gut Feel” the new M1 Pacific Motorway acted as a levy bank, and water, that used to run across the cane fields to Evans Head, was captured and channeled along the new a 3M to 8M high almost solid wall that supports the Motorway in the 60km stretch from Woodburn to Ballina.
Nick is in charge of the proposed class action litigation. To discuss SORT please contact Nick Crouch, 0411274545, or send him a email email@example.com
Nick owns a shop in Ballina, that flooded for the first time during the floods and put together this lobby group as a means of helping our community recovery.
SORT supports the many community groups and Government & Councils that help all flood victims. We need your help to help the flood victims and survivors.
Did the new M1 Pacific Motorway act as a levy bank that contributed to flood victims’ losses?
We have instructed our lawyers to investigate this issue. If our lobbying doesn’t work and a viable class action exists, we want to determine how many people will assist and/or join the proposed class action litigation.
Joining this class action is optional and separate to joining our lobby group. Any litigation will be on the basis there’s no cost to those who join.
Currently there is no litigation on foot. We are merely attempting to find the facts.
We are pursuing the Government's Department who built the M1 Motorway to complete Hydrology reports that will tell us where the water would have flowed without the new motorway.
This report should be completed by October 2022.
We hope Transport for NSW will release this report in full so we can invite our Hydrology and Legal experts to review same. If the report is not available to SORT, we will need to consider what our options are.
For the abundance of clarity, SORT does not want to engage in Litigation we will only consider this option if all others have failed.
If the vital infrastructure was built in a defective manner, we expect the Goverment will be honest and open and acknowledge this.
We expect the Government will compensate us and fix the road.
There are questions about whether a multi-billion dollar highway may have prolonged flooding in the north of New South Wales. Bruce Mackenzie reports.
Hundreds of flood-affected residents on the NSW north coast are threatening to sue the state and federal governments over concerns the new Pacific Highway made the recent floods worse by acting as a "dam wall".
The Sunday Project
Flood ravaged communities in northern NSW are blaming one of Australia’s largest infrastructure projects for making the recent flood disaster last longer and cause more damage. Farmers and locals warned it was going to happen and say they were ignored.
Did the new highway make the floods worse? Transport authorities respond, residents seek class action