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

  • Tradies Register - Capability Network Gateway

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    10 March, 2020
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    Industry Capability Network (ICN) works with local suppliers and project managers to help save valuable time and money in the building procurement process.

    The ICN gateway is an online tool connecting suppliers and project managers. ICN also helps to secure billions of dollars in contracts and jobs that may otherwise have gone overseas.

    Register your business online now through the ICN Gatewa and become part of the Shoalhaven community rebuild.

  • Shoalhaven Bridges Damaged by Bushfires

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    10 March, 2020
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    10 March 2020

    Three Natural Disaster Funding applications were submitted for the following bridges:
    • Wheelbarrow Road over Lucy King Creek
    • Brooman Road over Toombolomobah Creek
    • Bugong Road over School Creek.
    The total amount of bridge reconstruction applications to date is $1,316,797, with $642,404 approved for Wheelbarrow Road and Toomboolomobah bridges and $674,394 approved for School Creek Bridge.

    The final application for Yerriyong Bridge will be submitted mid-March.
    It's worth noting, Shoalhaven City Council were the first to submit Natural Disaster Funding applications for essential bridge restorations.

    Please note: restoration completion dates are subject to weather conditions, emergencies or other unforeseen interruptions.

    For information on the rebuild status of damaged or destroyed bridges, visit Council's Bridge Assets Damaged by Bushfire webpage.

  • Post Bushfire Erosion Control Workshops

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    01 September, 2020
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    South East Local Land Services is hosting a number of free workshops for land managers around the region to learn about these challenges and to discuss options to prevent and control erosion and assist in the recovery of burnt land.

    These workshops are sponsored by WaterNSW and are available to managers of rural land within Sydney’s drinking water catchments. Land managers who attend may be eligible* to receive erosion control materials for use on their properties (coir logs, jute matting, hardwood stakes). *conditions apply – to be explained at the workshops

    The workshops will include presentations, in-field demonstrations, morning tea and lunch.

    The workshops will be run in the following areas:

    Nerriga – Friday, 20 March, 9am-2pm

    Exeter – Tuesday, 24 March, 9am-2pm

    Kangaroo Valley – Wednesday, 25 March, 9am-2pm

    Braidwood – Thursday, 26 March, 9am-2pm

    Places are limited, and prior registration is essential. For further information and to RSVP, use the rego form or call the SE LLS office in Goulburn on 4824 1900.

  • Small Business Support Roadshow

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    06 March, 2020
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    6 March 2020

    Small businesses affected by the recent bush fires are eligible for free, face-to-face advice and support, available through the NSW Government. This support can be accessed easily through The Small Business Road Show information sessions.

    The Roadshow is visiting Kangaroo Valley, Nowra and Ulladulla between 17-19 March 2020. The sessions feature information from a range Government agencies on the types of support available to directly and indirectly affected businesses.

    Businesses who have been impacted by bushfire are encouraged to attend and receive the information face to face. Sessions will be held at the following locations:

    Kangaroo Valley
    Kangaroo Valley Golf Club
    Tuesday, 17 March 2020
    6:00 - 8:00pm
    Register here

    Nowra
    Bomaderry Bowling Club
    Wednesday, 18 March 2020
    6:00 - 8:00pm
    Register here

    Ulladulla
    Milton Ulladulla Ex Servos Club
    Thursday, 19 March 2020
    18:00 - 20:00
    Register here

    Small businesses unable to attend the information sessions can find out more about what’s available by visiting the Small Business Bushfire Regional Roadshow website.

    For more information on the information sessions, please contact Treasury NSW on 02 9934 0805 or smallbusiness@treasury.nsw.gov.au.


  • Register Your Trade Business Now and Become Part of Bushfire Recovery

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    03 February, 2020
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    10 February 2020

    The Insurance Council of Australia have created a Bushfire Trades Register where you can register your business to become part of the essential recovery work following the Australian bushfires.

    Your business registration will help users to easily find your details and other trade businesses they need.

    Register your business through the Insurance Council of Australia's Bushfire Trades Register.

  • Calling all local businesses and local contractors

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    30 January, 2020
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    30 January 2020

    Due to the recent bushfires, the NSW Government would like to hear from any local businesses in regions affected by bushfire, that are able to provide goods and services to their community.

    The NSW Government is establishing a supplier list that coves all kinds of goods or services, including those that are not already available from government.

    Registration is easy. Just a few simple questions on a Portal. Everyone is welcome to apply.

    The purpose of this portal is to connect buyers with regional suppliers and vice versa. It assists buyers to give first preference to an appropriate local supplier based in the same region. Any information gathered that is not commercial-in-confidence will be publicly available on the ProcurePoint so everyone can access it.

    Buyers: If you are a NSW Government buyer (including private hospitals, local councils, non-profit organisations, educational institutes and public authorities) or a private buyer you can use this platform to provide information about your needs and the programs you have carried out of bushfire recovery work.

    Register now at eTendering.

    Constructors wishing to register your interest in cleanup work, contact or register with constructionselection@finance.nsw.gov.au.

  • Are we missing you?

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    06 March, 2020

    6 March 2020

    Mayor Amanda Findley is searching for the owners of 28 properties lost in the bushfires, to provide support from the Mayoral Relief Fund.

    The Mayoral Relief Fund is providing owners whose have lost their primary place of residence $550 in funding to help ease any financial burdens. 132 properties have been identified as eligible; however, Council have not been successful in contacting 28 property owners.

    Mayor Amanda Findley encourages those who lost their property to registered with all of the appropriate agencies. Please also make sure Council has your correct address and contact details.

    If residents believe they maybe one of the missing property owners, please contact Council on 4429 3111 and ask to speak with our Rates team.

    To make a donation visit the Mayoral Relief Fund website.

  • Planning Changes for Small Business Bushfire Affected Communities

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    06 March, 2020
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    Small businesses in bushfire affected communities can operate from portable offices, such as shipping containers, without council approval, for up to two years, under the latest bushfire recovery initiative from the NSW Government.

    This changes makes it easier for regional business owners to open their doors and get back on their feet by earning an income, employing local residents and supporting local economies.

    The NSW Government is also waiving Planning Reform Fees, worth an average of $320, and is issuing free BASIX certificates which usually cost $50, for bushfire affected residents needing to rebuild their properties.


  • Bushfire Recovery Clean-up has Started!

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    01 September, 2020
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    Laing O’Rourke Australia, the contractor responsible for managing the clean-up of properties across NSW, are making contact and have begun planning clean-up work with property owners.

    Laing O’Rourke met with three Lake Conjola property owners to negotiate the scope of works to clear their blocks.

    While negotiating individual needs and preparations for rebuild take some time, it is worth taking the time to put the correct measures in place the first time.

    For the latest information on Laing O'Rourke's schedule visit their NSW Bushfire clean-up information hub or call 1800 007 539.

    For more information visit the Bushfire Recovery Cleanup Frequently Asked Questions on this webpage.
  • Mobile Recovery Hubs

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    01 September, 2020
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    4 March 2020

    Mobile Recovery Hubs are bringing bushfire recovery information, advice and support to impacted communities across Shoalhaven from early March. The Mobile Recovery Hubs are smaller Community Recovery Centres where people can access bushfire recovery information, advice and services.

    The first Recovery Hubs are being held at:

    Kangaroo Valley
    170 Moss Vale Road
    Thursday 5 March
    2.30pm-6.30pm

    Lake Conjola Community Centre
    Lake Conjola Entrance Road (cnr Aney Street)
    Friday 6 March
    2.30-6.30pm

    Manyana Public Hall
    195 Sunset Strip
    Tuesday 10 March
    2.30-6.30pm

    Wandandian Progress Hall
    D2683 Princes Highway
    Monday 16 March
    2.30-6.30pm

    Lake Conjola Community Centre
    Lake Conjola Entrance Road (cnr Aney Street)
    Tuesday 17 March
    2.30-6.30pm

    Kioloa/Bawley Point Community Centre
    Murramarang Road
    Kioloa
    Thursday 19 March
    2.30-6.30pm

    Additional Hubs are being planned throughout March and April in other locations across the Shoalhaven.

    The full program of Mobile Recovery Hubs will be announced soon and are expected to evolve based on community needs and feedback. Residents are encouraged to check www.shoalhaven.nsw.gov.au for updates as they become available.

    The following static recovery centres remain available:

    Ulladulla Civic Centre
    81B Princes Highway
    Monday, Tuesday: 9:00am to 4:00pm
    Wednesday: 9:00am to 5:30pm
    Thursday, Friday: 9:00am to 4:00pm
    Saturday: 10:00am to 2:00pm

    Kangaroo Valley Drop-in Centre
    170 Moss Vale Road
    Monday to Friday: 9am to 1pm
    Saturday: 10am to 12pm

    All recovery services for individuals and businesses can also be accessed through Service NSW on 13 77 88 from 7am to 7pm every day or visit www.service.nsw.gov.au.