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 is 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.

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 11 August 2022

  • 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

  • Ulladulla Recovery Hub

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    If you need assistance in recovery, we are here to help.

    Visit the Ulladulla Recovery Hub, located at the Ulladulla Civic Centre each Thursday and Friday from 10:30am - 4:00pm; or Saturdays 10:00am - 1:00pm.

    Alternatively you can contact our Recovery Helpline for assistance, available Monday - Friday 9:00am - 5:00pm on (02) 4429 5888.

  • Rebuilding After Bushfire

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    A guide has been created to assist people who have been affected by bush fires. The guide takes you through the steps to rebuilding and how to get started.

    When rebuilding or repairing your home, there are three main parts to keep in mind:

    Part one: your level of risk

    Your level of bush fire risk affects your development requirements – the higher the risk, the more protection you need. We use the term ‘bush fire attack level’, or BAL, to quantify this risk.

    Part two: your approval pathway

    1. Development application – this is the usual process through council

    OR

    2. Complying development – a fast-track process available for homes with lower level bush fire risk.

    Part three: your protection measures Any home built in a bush fire prone area needs protection from bush fire through:

    • access
    • water and utilities
    • a cleared space around the home, known as an
    • asset protection zone (APZ)
    • design and construction
    • landscaping.

    For help with other parts of your recovery

    • If you feel you need to speak with someone about your experience, you can call Lifeline on 13 11 14, beyondblue on 1300 22 4636 or speak to your GP.
    • For financial assistance, talk to Disaster Welfare Services or Centrelink.
    • For agricultural assistance, talk to the NSW Department of Primary Industries or the Local Land Services

    View the full Rebuilding After Bushfire guide here.

  • Free Accidental Counsellor Workshops

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    As a community member, you may find yourself providing support in your community to people who are experiencing difficulty and emotional distress, particularly following significant events such as the 2019/2020 bushfires, flooding and COVID-19.

    Do you want to help but not sure on the best way to respond? Sometimes, without intending, you can become an “Accidental Counsellor” and you may be confronted with a range of dilemmas and uncertainty.

    These free one day workshops aim to provide a practical framework and skill set that enables you to respond in this situation.

    These workshops are brought to the Shoalhaven Community as part of the Supporting Resilient Communities Initiative by the Centre of Community Welfare Training (CCWT) partnering with COORDINARE to deliver free training across South Eastern NSW to support community wellbeing and recovery from natural disasters.

    During this workshop, you will have the opportunity to:

    • Define the role of the Accidental Counsellor
    • Examine the importance of self-awareness
    • Explore 2 frameworks that form the basis of Accidental Counselling
    • Examine and apply key communication skills
    • Examine the 5 Stage Helping Process
    • Discover how to successfully refer to other services if required
    • Identify a range of self-care strategies.

    Nowra Golf & Recreation Club
    Wednesday 5 May 2021
    9.30am to 4.30pm

    Cost - FREE

    Register online now

    Mollymook Golf Club
    Thursday 6 May 2021
    9.30am to 4.30pm

    Cost - FREE

    Register online now

    For more information visit the Centre For Community Welfare Training website.

  • Our Shoalhaven - 2019

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  • 2021 Small Grant Deadline Extension

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    The closing deadline for applications to the Highways and Byways 2021 Small Grants Program has been extended to 6.00pm Tuesday 23 February 2021.

    The 2021 program theme is Healing our Land - Healing Ourselves - Together.

    Grants of up to $3,000 are available for community-led projects that support environmental restoration, rehabilitation and sustainability and build community through practical projects, skills acquisition and knowledge transfer especially in rural and regional areas.

    To find out more, including how to apply, visit the Highways and Byways website.

  • Ulladulla Shoalhaven Recovery Hub Opening Soon

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    Bushfire affected residents in the southern Shoalhaven will be able to access further support from next month with the opening of the Shoalhaven Recovery Hub in Ulladulla.

    The Shoalhaven Recovery Hub, coordinated by Shoalhaven City Council, will open its doors from Thursday 4 February 2021.

    The Hub will operate out of the Ulladulla Civic Centre and will open weekly on Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturday mornings.

    On hand will be the Council Bushfire Recovery Outreach team together with service providers and agencies.

    Council will have in place a COVID-safe plan and practices for the Hub to ensure public safety.

    The Shoalhaven Recovery Hub’s opening hours will be:

    • Thursdays, 10.30am – 4.00pm
    • Fridays, 10.30am – 4.00pm
    • Saturdays, 10.00am – 1.00pm

    Council looks forward to welcoming our community to the Hub and catching up over a cuppa. For those who are unable to access the Hub, we are looking at options that will meet community needs.

    If you would like more information, please contact our Bushfire Recovery Hotline 4429 5888.

    For more information visit Council’s Get Involved page on Bushfire Recovery.

  • Kids News Bushfire Poetry Competition

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    The Kids News Bushfire Poetry Competition is currently open to all primary and secondary children across Australia. The poetry competition was launched in partnership with the National Bushfire Recovery Agency and publishing house HarperCollins.

    Sharing stories of resilience and recovery can help others to discover what is possible, and reassure people they’re not alone in what they went through. We want young people in your community, and across the country, to share their experiences of the 2019-20 bushfires, then and now.

    There will be one primary school winner and one high school winner, with winners to be announced in April 2021.

    Though we want all school children from across Australia to participate and share their creative ideas, the winning entries will be chosen from bushfire impacted communities, with entries from outside these areas to be reflected in promotional activities.

    The winning poems will be included in a special book to commemorate the 2019-20 bushfires. The book will tell the stories and experiences of communities like yours. It will focus on the people, communities and landscapes affected, and will acknowledge the heroism of people during the fires and their resilience during the recovery period. The book will be an uplifting and inspiring dedication to the people who survived and sadly those who didn’t, and a testament to the resilient Australian spirit with communities coming together to support and help each other.

    The winners of the poetry competition will also receive paid travel and accommodation to the book’s launch in Canberra in mid-2021, copies of the book and the opportunity to be featured in newspapers and on the Kids News website.

    At this time, your community will be remembering their experiences during last summer’s bushfires, and the devastating impact on their families, friends, neighbours and local area.

    Take a look at the short factsheet that outlines the project in more detail and keep an eye on our Facebook and Twitter for posts about the poetry competition that you can share on your social media.

    It would also be great if you could promote the poetry competition to the primary and high schools, businesses and organisations in your area and send them the attached poster.

    Thank you for your ongoing support for bushfire recovery as we begin 2021.

    If you have any questions or wish to provide feedback, please email communications@bushfirerecovery.gov.au.

  • Bushfire Recovery Helpline

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  • Beware of Fake tradies

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    View the Fake Tradies fact sheet for suggestions on locating reputable tradespeople.

    Fake tradies (also known as ‘travelling con men’) are unscrupulous tradespeople who offer to do repairs on your property but take your money and leave you with unfinished or poor-quality work.

    Fake tradies often appear after disasters such as bushfires, floods and storms. They may try to take advantage of you if you are cleaning up or repairing your property, and offer to do jobs like driveway resurfacing, branch removal or roof repairs at cheap rates.

Page last updated: 11 Aug 2022, 10:21 AM