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 cleanup program.

Updated 23 February 2021

  • Bushfire Local Economic Recovery Fund - Applications Extended 28 January 2021

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    16 Dec 2020
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    The Bushfire Local Economic Recovery (BLER) grants are available to support economic and social recovery in areas impacted by the 2019- 2020 bushfires. The BLER Fund is intended to support job retention and creation, strengthen community resilience, and reduce the impact of future natural disasters.

    The grant funding for individual projects is dependent on the project type.

    1. Infrastructure projects must seek a minimum of $400,000 with a maximum available grant of $20 million.
    2. Environmental projects including rehabilitation, remediation and resilience improvements must seek a minimum of $200,000 with a maximum available grant of $4 million.
    3. Programs, including social, business, and environmental education initiatives must seek a minimum of $200,000 with a maximum available grant of $4 million.

    An applicant must be one of the following entities:

    • Councils
    • Joint Organisation of Councils
    • not-for-profit organisations, including business chambers, industry associations and charities
    • research or academic organisations
    • State Government corporations
    • Local Aboriginal Land Councils.

    To be eligible projects must:

    • support the recovery of the local community’s economy, social well-being, environment or improve resilience to future natural disasters
    • align with one of the following categories: enabling infrastructure
      • industry and business development
      • social development
      • natural environment and resource development-built environment adaption.
    • projects need to be completed by June 2023.

    Applications close at 2pm, Thursday 28 January 2021.

    For further details, including how to apply visit the Department of Regional NSW website.

    Funding:

    The following general resources may help with information/guidance on submitting Grant applications.

    The Australian Red Cross Applying for Community Grants webinar is available on their website.

    The Shoalhaven City Council Grants Webinar can be viewed on the Council website.

  • One Year On Video

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    26 Nov 2020

  • A Message of Hope and Resilience - One Year On

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    26 Nov 2020
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    Media Release:

    Today, Thursday 26 November, marks one year since the start of the Currowan Bushfires in the Shoalhaven.

    Shoalhaven City Council’s Mayor, Amanda Findley said “One year on Shoalhaven City Council would like to recognise the contribution, generosity, and goodwill of those who came to the aid of Shoalhaven residents during the Currowan Bushfires”.

    “There are countless residents, emergency support services, volunteer groups, and community service providers, not for profits and government agencies who went above and beyond to protect our community.

    Whilst it has been a challenging year the Shoalhaven has shown it is a resilient community.

    And today’s message is one of hope. We have seen and continue to see extraordinary compassion and kindness shown to our community.

    Let us remember to stay connected and committed to supporting one another.

    For those that need assistance, we are here to help. I encourage Shoalhaven residents to access support and services by calling Council's dedicated bushfire recovery hotline on 02 4429 5888 or to visit our website for information and resources.

    For those who are able to provide support, donations to the Mayoral Relief Fund are welcomed”, Clr Findley said.

    The funds from the Mayoral Relief Fund have been provided to help support individuals, families and tradespeople who have been directly impacted and need it most.

    Since funds have been directed to bushfire affected ratepayers and residents across the Shoalhaven in the past 8 months, over $308,000 has been given to those in need, with further funds of $114,000 to be distributed in the next few weeks.

    In early March 2020, Council organised a series of Mobile Community hubs. More recently Council has supported a series of community resilience hub sessions, organised by Service NSW, to provide bushfire recovery information and support services.

    Since starting in March and resuming in September, there have been over 24 sessions held across the region. These free events will continue in 2021 and are advertised on Council’s website.

  • Council Rate Relief

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    12 Nov 2020
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    The NSW Government is providing council rate relief for eligible home, farm, and business owners whose properties were damaged beyond repair in the 2019-2020 bushfires.

    Support is available for Council rates for quarter 3 (January – March) and quarter 4 (April – June) of the 2019-2020 financial year with a the 6-month extension that will cover rates notices for quarter 1 (July – September) and quarter 2 (October – December) of 2020-2021.

    To be eligible you must:

    • be a home, farm or business property owner in a bushfire declared disaster area
    • have had your property deemed damaged beyond repair by the Rural Fire Service (RFS) and/or Emergency Information Coordination Unit (EICU).

    You are not eligible if the only structure damaged or destroyed is an outbuilding on the property such as a shed.

    If you are would like to know more please contact the Shoalhaven Council Bushfire Recovery Customer Service Team on 02 4429 5888, or visit the Service NSW website.

  • Lifeline Video Counselling

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    11 Nov 2020
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    Supporting communities in bushfire recovery and COVID-19 response.

    Counselling services can help people struggling with personal issues. Lifeline with the support of RACV and NRMA, is proud to be able to provide a video counselling service at no cost to those who have been impacted by recent bushfires and/or COVID-19.

    Appointments are available to residents within 16 effected regions as part of this program.

    Services are free and you do not require a referral.

    To request a video counselling appointment visit the Lifeline website.

    What to expect at your first appointment

    At the beginning of your first session, a counsellor will help you clarify what is happening for you and identify your goals for counselling. You will be linked with the same counsellor at each of your video counselling appointments.

    About our counsellors

    To ensure a professional service, all of Lifeline’s counsellors are:

    • Tertiary trained

    • Practicing under the supervision of experienced psychologists and counsellors.

    In a crisis please call 13 11 14. We ae here to help 24/7.

  • Small Business Bushfire OR COVID Counselling

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    22 Oct 2020
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    22 October 2020

    Financial Counselling Australia are here to help small businesses help businesses affected by bushfires OR COVID-19 shutdowns.

    Financial counsellors are the first port of call for a small business owner experiencing financial difficulty.

    Financial counselling is a free service and financial counsellors on the Support Line can help any small business owner.

    Sole traders and small business owners commonly have their business and personal finances intermingled. When a crisis hits, both the business and personal assets may be at risk.

    What to expect when you call a small business financial counsellor?

    Practical advice is available on:

    • government grants
    • how to dispute debts
    • how to negotiate repayment arrangements:
      • on tax debts
      • on leases
      • on utility bills
      • with suppliers
      • on any other business debt
    • if you are thinking about closing your business.

    Financial counsellors will take the time to get a thorough understanding of your situation. They will talk you through your options and what assistance is available.

    They are trained counsellors, so they will also offer emotional support.

    Please circulate this information through your networks.

    For more information call 1800 413 828 or visit the website at www.smallbusinessbushfire.org.au.

  • Is Your Property Bushfire Ready?

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    14 Sep 2020
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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 in action for tips on what you can do.

  • Be prepared: how to stay connected during disaster season

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

    Telstra News Exchange

    Telstra Twitter


  • Bushfire Recovery and Resilience Fund Application Extension

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    13 Nov 2020
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    Grant applications for the Bushfire Community Recovery and Resilience Fund Phase 2 – Stream has been extended to 11 December 2020.

    Funding is available for approved projects of $20,000 to $300,000.

    Eligible applicants are:

    • Incorporated non-government organisations, including not for profit organisations, local community groups, business chambers and industry groups/peak bodies.
    • Unincorporated community groups auspiced by an organisation that is eligible to apply in their own right.

    The objective of this program is to support social recovery from bushfires for affected local communities to:

    • reduce the adverse impacts of the bushfires and make a sustained recovery
    • be more resilient to future disasters and improved general wellbeing.

    For more information, including how to apply, please visit the NSW Government Bushfire Community Recovery and Resilience Fund web page.

  • Free Solar Panel Systems for Community Groups

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    14 Oct 2020
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    REConstruct is offering premium solar panel systems to local community groups (schools, sporting hubs etc.) impacted by the summer bushfires.

    The complete systems are supplied and fully installed free of charge. Applicants don't need to have had a building destroyed in the fires to qualify. REConstruct recognise that communities have been impacted in so many different ways by these devasting fires.

    Applications for the REConstruct program will be accepted until 31 December 2020. The program aims to allocate all systems by end-2020, with installation to occur as soon as practicably possible. (where new buildings are being constructed, timelines will likely slip into 2021).

    About 50 systems are available by via this link reconstruct.net.au