Bushfire Recovery Shoalhaven

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This page aims to support our community through the recovery phase of the impacts from the recent bushfires and to prepare us for the next emergency/bushfire season.

If you have been affected, there is a range of assistance for you. Council is working in partnership with emergency services, State and Federal government agencies, charities and 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.

Recovery services can also be accessed

This page aims to support our community through the recovery phase of the impacts from the recent bushfires and to prepare us for the next emergency/bushfire season.

If you have been affected, there is a range of assistance for you. Council is working in partnership with emergency services, State and Federal government agencies, charities and 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.

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.

Clean up: Register now
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 clean up program.

Updated 14 September 2020

  • Be prepared: how to stay connected during disaster season

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    18 September, 2020
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    Use the links below to access Telstra's latest bushfire preparedness information.

    Telstra News Exchange

    Telstra Twitter


  • Is Your Property Bushfire Ready?

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    Is your property prepared for this bush fire season?

    With the bushfire season starting on 1 September 2020, now is the time to get your property prepared. The three garden waste disposal and two free household waste disposal vouchers issued to all ratepayers will help you to reduce the fuel load and prepare your property. Don't forget to use the vouchers before they expire on 30 September 2020.

    Have a look what you can do around the garden, including keeping lawns and gardens well maintained; cleaning up fallen leaves, twigs and debris around property; cutting back trees and shrubs overhanging buildings and cleaning gutters.

    Garden waste vouchers can be redeemed at all Council Recycling and Waste Depots and Council’s Green and Bulky Collection Service. To find out what is accepted as garden waste see Council’s Garden Waste Collection page.

    The RFS Get Ready weekend on 19 to 20 September 2020 is a great time to get prepared to lessen the risk and vulnerability of your property from a bushfire or ember attacks.

    Rural Fire Service Brigades, throughout the Shoalhaven, are taking part in the Get Ready Weekend. You can can find information about how to prepare on the NSW Rural Fire Service website.

    Take a look at Wombat is action for tips on what you can do.

  • Round 2 of Bushfire Recovery Grants Open

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    Applications are now open for local organisations and community groups to support people in Southern NSW and the Shoalhaven to recover from the effects of the 2019-20 summer bushfires.

    Funding of up to $10,000 is available for not-for-profits and community groups.

    Applications close on 5 October 2020.

    To apply for a South Eastern NSW PHN natural disaster community grant, go to: www.communitygrants.info where you can find more information on eligibility and grant guidelines, and complete an application form.

    For information on bushfire recovery grants contact: Jennie Roe on 02 4474 8424 or email communitygrants@coordinare.org.au

  • Get Ready Weekend

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    Shoalhaven City Council together with Shoalhaven Rural Fire Service are encouraging families, friends and neighbours to use the NSW Rural Fire Service (RFS) Get Ready Weekend on 19-20 September 2020 to prepare for bushfire season and start a broader conversation about being aware of and prepared for all hazards.

    To support early planning and preparation, NSW RFS will once again host their annual Get Ready Weekend on 19-20 September, in person and online.

    Get Ready now, by following the five simple steps:

    1. Know your risk - think about the area you’re in and the types of disasters that could affect you;
    2. Plan now for what you will do - sit down and talk with your family and plan for what you will do if a disaster affects your area;
    3. Get your home ready - prepare your home by doing general home maintenance and checking your insurance coverage;
    4. Be aware - find out how to prepare, what to do if there is a disaster in your area and connect with NSW emergency services to stay informed;
    5. Look out for each other - share information with your family, friends, neighbours and those who may need assistance.

    Emergency service organisations do an amazing job, but they can only do so much. Being prepared is everyone’s responsibility.

    For more information visit the Get Ready resource web page.

  • Bushfire Recovery Information Hub

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    Thursday 10th September, 3pm -5pm

    Milton Rural Fire Service, 221 Croobyar Road, Milton

    Covid-19 Safe Practices will be in place.

    Pop in for a chat or just to say hello.

    The following bushfire recovery services will be available on the day; Shoalhaven City Council, Red Cross, Illawarra Shoalhaven Local Health District, Catholic Care, Service NSW, Local Land Services South East, Anglicare, Barnardos Australia and NSW Office of Sport.

  • Council Recognises Blaze Aid’s Efforts to Mend Fences and Lift Spirits

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    Volunteer efforts, coordinated by BlazeAid, to help the Shoalhaven recover and rebuild following the January bushfires are being acknowledged by Council.

    Volunteer-based organisation BlazeAid worked with rural property owners across the Shoalhaven since January to rebuild fences that were damaged or destroyed by fire and flood.

    Volunteers' efforts have also helped to lift the spirits of people who have endured a difficult year following devastating losses through bushfires and more recently one or two flood events.

    Operations have been based from two main camps in the Shoalhaven, with both camps delivering impressive results, with updated figures presented to Shoalhaven City Council’s Strategy and Assets meeting this month.

    In summary, volunteers based at Milton Showground Camp have refenced 34.36km and cleared 37km of fencing. Of the 190 farms registered, 13 farms were categorised as “urgent”, 44 farms have had all tasks completed and work on three farms is currently active

    Volunteers based at Kangaroo Valley Satellite Camp have refenced 35.47 km and cleared 30.15 km of fencing. Of the 63 farms registered, 50 farms are in process, 38 farms have had all tasks completed and work on eight farms is to be completed.

    BlazeAid volunteers work in disaster-affected areas for months, not only helping individuals and families, but also helping rebuild the local communities.

    If you would like to volunteer take a look at the BlazeAid webpage.

    View the Shoalhaven City Council Blaze Aid Report.

  • Round 2 Bushfire Recovery Community Grants

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    Round 2 is open from Monday 31 August 2020 to Monday 5 October 2020.

    We are particularly encouraging applicants to address identified priorities, including:

    • Engaging with under-serviced bushfire-impacted communities and higher needs population groups, including isolated people and communities
    • Equipping community members with skills to look out for each other and support distressed friends, family and peers to seek professional assistance to address trauma, where indicated
    • Promoting referral links or collaboration with local councils, other community organisations, bushfire recovery groups, and health care and social services (as appropriate).

    See the Application Guidance Document for more details.

    All applications will be assessed together after the round closes. There wont be continuous assessments and grant offers throughout the round, as was the case in Round 1.

    For more information, including eligibility and the relevant documents visit the Bushfire Recovery Community Grant web page.

    The documents include:

    Application Guidance Document

    Frequently Asked Questions

    Application Form

  • Mobile Service Centres

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    Service NSW are visiting more rural and regional communities in their Mobile Service Centres so you can apply for a licence, get a permit, register a birth, pay most fines and more.

    The Mobile Service Centres are going to bushfire-affected regions to provide services to impacted communities as follows:

    Berry
    IGA (Car park behind)
    Queen Street
    Berry NSW 2535
    Open 8 September 2020
    9:30am to 2:30pm

    Kangaroo Valley
    Nostalgia Factory (Council Car Park next door)
    167 Moss Vale Road
    Kangaroo Valley NSW 2577
    Open 9 September 2020
    9:00am to 11:00am

    Lake Conjola
    Community Centre
    7025 Lake Conjola Entrance Road
    Lake Conjola NSW 2539
    Open 9 September 2020
    1:30pm to 3:30pm

    Vincentia
    Burton Street car park
    Burton Street
    Vincentia NSW 2540
    Open 10 September 2020
    10:00am to 3:00pm

    For more information visit the Service NSW website.

  • Grants Writing Webinar

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    Shoalhaven City Council is hosting a webinar for community groups and non-profit organisations that want to improve their grant writing skills.

    The webinar will provide information and tips on the fundamentals of grant writing such as project planning, writing grant applications and reporting and acquittal once in receipt of funding.

    The one-hour interactive webinar, presented by Keith Whelan from The Grant Guys, can be viewed live at 7pm on 16 September 2020.

    To join the webinar session at 7pm on 16 September go to Council’s Events page. Or, to view the recorded webinar after 16 September, go to Council’s Grants Funding page.

    For more information, please contact Teagan Starr via email at Teagan.Starr@shoalhaven.nsw.gov.au, or call (02) 4429 3633.

  • Recovery into Readiness Webinar Three (Facebook) Recording

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    26 August, 2020
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    This Recovery to Readiness Presentation is also available on the Shoalhaven City Council Facebook page.