Bushfire Recovery Shoalhaven

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A lot has happened over the past year, and we know it has not been easy, particularly with COVID-19 pausing some community connection recovery activities. Recovery takes time and is different for everyone. We are all affected by disasters in our own personal way.


Council's Recovery page is here to support our community. If you have been affected, there are a range of assistance measures available to support you. The recovery journey can be a complex one with many challenges. We have seen and continue to see extraordinary compassion and kindness shown to our community. Let us remember

A lot has happened over the past year, and we know it has not been easy, particularly with COVID-19 pausing some community connection recovery activities. Recovery takes time and is different for everyone. We are all affected by disasters in our own personal way.


Council's Recovery page is here to support our community. If you have been affected, there are a range of assistance measures available to support you. The recovery journey can be a complex one with many challenges. We have seen and continue to see extraordinary compassion and kindness shown to our community. Let us remember to stay connected and support each other.


This page aims to support our community through the recovery journey by providing contacts and information updates. If you need help and support, there is a range of assistance available for you, even if it just someone to listen.


Council is working collaboratively with Federal and State Government and agencies, the Shoalhaven Health & Wellbeing Network, not-for-profit organisations, charities and many others to deliver this assistance.


For detailed information about the assistance available refer to the Frequently Asked Questions and Important Links on this webpage.

You can call Council's 4429 5888 helpline dedicated to bushfire recovery assistance, during business hours. The team are here to support you on every step of your recovery journey either within Council or by connecting you with the right community or government support.

Recovery services can also be accessed through Service NSW on 13 77 88 from 7am to 7pm every day or online at www.service.nsw.gov.au for locations of Service NSW, and Mobile Service Centres. If you'd prefer, you can contact an agency directly.

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Insured and uninsured residential and eligible commercial property owners must register at www.service.nsw.gov.au or call 13 77 88 to be included in the government-supported cleanup program.

Updated 15 April 2021

  • Shoalhaven Flood Recovery Day

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    Come along to chat to multiple services about your flood recovery. We are here to help the community, primary producers and other small businesses that were directly affected by the recent March 2021 floods.

    Get updates on what flood recovery assistance and grants are available and help with:

    • Filling out of $75,000 primary production grant applications through the Rural Assistance Authority & $50,000 small business grants through Service NSW.
    • Disaster relief concessional loans are available for primary producers and small businesses up to $130,000.
    • Mental health and community support.

    Meet and consult with support services and agency staff to discuss issues and concerns relating to the floods. There will be representatives from Shoalhaven Shire Council, DPI and F, Local Land Services, NSW Health Services and other extension officers

    Where: Pyree School of Arts Hall - Cnr of Greenwell Point Rd and Pyree Lane, Pyree.
    When: Thursday 29 April 2021
    Time: 11am – 3.00pm

  • Plaque to Commemorate Currowan Bushfire

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    Shoalhaven City Council today unveiled a plaque to acknowledge those who helped during the Currowan Bushfires and in the recovery to resilience efforts since.

    Located on a memorial rock located in front of Council's Nowra Administration Building the plaque provides an important reminder of the impact of the bushfires on the Shoalhaven community over the 2019/20 summer and the recovery to resilience efforts that continue today.

    Shoalhaven City Council Mayor Amanda Findley thanked all involved for their courage and compassion. Full Media Release.

    If you need help and support, there is a range of assistance available for you, even if it just someone to listen. Council is working collaboratively with Federal and State Government and agencies, the Shoalhaven Health & Wellbeing Network, not-for-profit organisations, charities and many others to deliver this assistance.

    Council's team is here to support our community. If you have been affected, there are a range of assistance measures available to support you. The recovery journey can be a complex one with many challenges.

    You can speak with Council’s Bushfire Recovery Outreach team by calling its dedicated helpline 4429 5888 Monday to Friday during 9.00am - 5.00pm. The team are here to support you on every step of your recovery journey either within Council or by connecting you with the right community or government support.

    You can speak with Bushfire Recovery Outreach team in person at the Shoalhaven Recovery Hub located at the Ulladulla Civic Centre. The team are available on Thursdays and Fridays between 10.30am and 4.00pm and on Saturdays between 10.00am and 1.00pm.

  • Post Bushfire Vegetation Management on Bendalong Rd, Manyana

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    Endeavour Energy met with Manyana Matters in February to discuss concerns about the post bushfire vegetation management we are conducting in the Shoalhaven.

    The recovery from the 2019/20 summer bushfires has been lengthy and traumatic for many who are trying to re-build their lives and their communities, and that the post bushfire vegetation management is a visible and painful reminder to many people. Council committed to providing the community information regarding the program of works around Manyana (especially on Bendalong Rd).

    You can find some useful information on the Community Fact Sheet - Post Bushfire Vegetation Management on Bendalong Rd, Manyana published in the Document Library on this web page.

  • Ulladulla Memorial for Aerial Firefighters

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    Shoalhaven City Council unveiled plaques on a memorial in Ulladulla that honours those who lost their lives while selflessly protecting other people and their communities during disasters and emergencies.

    The Ulladulla Civic Centre Memorial Obelisk is a memorial for those lives lost by State Emergency Service, Rural Fire Service, Police, Marine Rescue, Emergency Medical Services, Surf Lifesaving NSW and other Emergency Services personnel, paid or unpaid, while performing their duties in protecting the community and environment.

    The first two plaques on the obelisk are for Fixed Wing Pilot David Black and Helicopter Pilot Allan Tull. Allan “Tully” Tull lost his life while fighting the Kingiman Fires in Milton in 2018. Pilot David Black died in a plane crash in October 2013 when fighting fires in Budawang National Park, west of Ulladulla.

    Shoalhaven City Council Mayor, Amanda Findley, acknowledged the ultimate sacrifice given by Allan Tull and David Black.

    "We send our City’s deepest condolences to Alan Tull’s and David Black’s families and to all of those who called ‘Tully’ or David a friend,” said Clr Findley.

    “This memorial enables our community to show their respect and gratitude to those who have lost their lives in protecting the community and environment. It is fitting that their sacrifice will be remembered always.

    “I must acknowledge the contribution of many community members, including Ulladulla-local Sandy Lanham, who has worked tirelessly to ensure the vision for the memorial has finally become a reality. This includes local police, Rural Fire Service, Rotary Club of Milton-Ulladulla, Ulladulla & Districts Community Forum, local clubs and media,” Clr Findley said.

    Federal grant funding of $10,000 was received through the Stronger Communities Program for this project. In addition to this Council funds have been used and many community members have contributed to this important tribute, with funds continuing to be sourced through a community driven ‘Go Fund Me’ initiative.

  • Men's Dinner Night

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    Email your booking to shoalhavenrisingfromtheashes@gmail.com or call 0492 870 158.

  • Recovery Newsletter - 15 April 2021

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    This Recovery Newsletter will help guide you through the recovery process, whether it be bushfire, flood, or COVID-19. Learn about the support available and how we can work together towards recovery.

    Our Recovery Helpline is here to assist Monday – Friday 9am-5pm on 4429 5888.

  • Currowan Bushfire Plaque Unveiling

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    The plaque unveiling to acknowledge those who helped during the Currowan Bushfires and in the recovery to resilience efforts since then will be held on:

    Date: Monday 12 April, 2021

    Time: 11:00am

    Location: Shoalhaven Entertainment Centre front lawn

  • Recovery Newsletter - 1 April 2021

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    This Recovery Newsletter will help guide you through the recovery process, whether it be bushfire, flood, or COVID-19. Learn about the support available and how we can work together towards recovery.

    Our Recovery Helpline is here to assist Monday – Friday 9am-5pm on 4429 5888.


  • Shoalhaven Open for Business Video

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    The National Bushfire Recovery Agency and Tourism Australia are partnering to deliver a 15-part video series on bushfire recovery.

    The video series captures recovery stories across New South Wales, Victoria, South Australia, and Queensland. It will be rolled out across Australia and internationally over the next three months.

    As well as validating the experiences of communities impacted by the 2019-20 bushfires, the series will help others to understand and support communities as they rebuild. The series will encourage people to support local economic recovery by holidaying and spending tourism dollars in the bushfire-affected regions.

    View the Shoalhaven Open for Business video on the National Bushfire Recovery Agency website.

    To learn more about the series visit Open for business. You can learn more about Black Summer Bushfire Recovery by visiting our website.

    To follow the project tag the National Bushfire Recovery Agency social channels, visit Twitter: @FireRecoveryAU and Facebook: @FireRecoveryAU.


  • Strengthening Rural Communities Program Funding

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    The Strengthening Rural Communities Program aims to give the thousands of small rural, regional and remote communities across Australia an opportunity to access funding to support broad community activities. This program has now been extended to include bushfire recovery.

    Round 9 opens: 24 February 2021 9:00am
    Closes: 25 May 2021 5:00pm
    Grants announced: 10 September 2021 10:00am

    In Round 9, the following two grant funding streams are available:

    Small and Vital Stream

    • grant applications up to $10,000
    • communities with fewer than 15,000 people
    • communities outside major cities are eligible
    • projects initiated and delivered by local community groups and not-for-profits
    • organisations without DGR status. (DGR is an entity or fund that can receive tax-deductible gifts).

    Bushfire Recovery Stream

    • grant applications up to $25,000
    • projects that support the recovery of rural, regional or remote communities affected by the Sept 2019-Feb 2020 bushfires
    • projects initiated and delivered by local community groups
    • organisations without DGR status. (DGR is an entity or fund that can receive tax-deductible gifts).

    Further Information

    For more information, visit the Strengthening Rural Communities website, email info@frrr.org.au or call Kate Nolan on 1800 170 020.

    Strengthening Rural Communities Round 9 Program Guidelines