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 Recovery Information Hub

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    08 Sep 2020
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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.

  • Round 2 Bushfire Recovery Community Grants

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    04 Sep 2020
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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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    03 Sep 2020
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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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    03 Sep 2020
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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 Aug 2020
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    This Recovery to Readiness Presentation is also available on the Shoalhaven City Council Facebook page.


  • Recovery into Readiness Webinar Two Recording

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    26 Aug 2020


  • Recovery into Readiness Webinar One Recording

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    26 Aug 2020


  • Be Prepared Kit

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    31 Aug 2020

    Items to take, or things to do before a fire is near your house or business:

    Back up the following items on to the cloud, send an email to yourself, copy to a USB hard drive:

    . treasured photos
    . birth certificates
    . house insurance photos – always have a photo of what your house once looked like and the contents inside of your house and keep sake items
    . rates notices – get your rates notice sent via email – that way you can access details online
    . birth certificates
    . legal wills
    . house titles / deeds
    . Identification
    . Service NSW / My Gov account – keep everything up in the cloud
    . phone numbers – have phone numbers in a book / or in an email / when phone loses charge you can at least find a phone number of a relative
    . passwords in a book or on your phone

    Mobile Phones

    . powerbank or car charger

    Fuel

    . extra fuel for generators
    . those residents that went to Milton to get fuel, milk, bread on the Saturday morning could not get back to their properties as police blocks were already in place

    Is your wife, mother, girlfriend, partner prepared?

    . Many ‘’men’’ left on new years eve to get fuel, alcohol, NYE food and got stuck in town – many partners fought the fires by themselves and were trapped with elderly parents by themselves as well

    Pool Noodle

    . many stories were told to me about elderly people being sent to the water, not being able to swim – a pool noodle tucked under an arm would’ve assisted

    Dog & cat / animal leash

    . lots of animals survived, but then the owners had nothing to tie them up with
    . many animals got away and attacked wild life

    Bottle water & tin food

    . a storage of 24 bottles of water – no water available for a long time / no food available – spare water essential

    P2 / smoke masks

    . purchase a mask now – not at Christmas!!

    Animal / Human Identification

    . write your name / mobile number / address on a horse / cattle / child / elderly neighbour that you have to let out of a fence when a fire approaches

    Proper clothing

    . long sleeve shirt / pants
    . hat / cap
    . socks and shoes (not thongs)

    Buckets of water around property

    . have water ready around property in plastic tubs – don’t fill up tubs on the day of the fire

    Medication / Scripts / Reading Glasses / spare Car keys

    For more information visit the Emergency NSW Emergency Kits web page.

  • Council's Integrated Emergency Management Centre

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    27 Aug 2020

    Interested in Council’s Integrated Emergency Management Centre? Watch this video created in December 2019.

  • FREE Mental Health Courses

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    21 Aug 2020
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    Australian Red Cross in partnership, with COORDINARE, are offering FREE mental health courses to people living in the SE NSW region.

    About the mental health matters webinar

    The 90 minute training is delivered by a Red Cross qualified and experienced Mental Health Matters trainer.

    The courses will address topics such as:

    • Definitions of mental health and mental illness
    • Mental health in Australian communities
    • Resilience and self-care
    • Recovery
    • Impact of unsupported mental illness
    • Dealing with crisis situations
    • Understanding the role of support
    • Where to find assistance information and resources

    Upcoming Webinars:

    1 September 10:00 - 11:30am

    8 September 10:00 - 11:30am

    11 September 2:00 - 3:30pm

    17 September 10:00 - 11:30am

    28 September 2:00 - 3:30pm

    15 October 10:00 - 11:30am

    For more information, and to register, visit the Red Cross website or contact Samira Farmakis, by email sfarmakis@redcross.org.au or call 0427 300 105.