The recent bushfires have impacted significantly on the whole of NSW (as well as other parts of the country) and most recently on the Southern Highlands. Our community is so grateful to the RFS, Fire & Rescue and all agencies and individuals that have gone above and beyond to protect people, homes, livestock and our wild animals. The impacts of the bushfires can be immediate but also long term as the reality of losses hit home – whether this be houses, livelihood, health or even peace of mind, living close to an active bush fire is stressful.
Please be assured – there is help out there! See the links below.
Disaster Response Legal Service NSW -1800 801 529
Insurance Council of Australia’s (ICA) Disaster Hotline – 1800 734 621
Other Useful Information
Councils Bushfire Recovery line is 1800 316 500.
Service NSW is offering people whose important documents have been damaged due to bushfires free replacement of licences, permits and certificates, including birth, marriage and change of name certificates and NSW Fair Trading permits and licences. Call 13 77 88 for assistance.
Australian Government Disaster Recovery Payment is a one-off payment ($1000 per adult, $400 for each child under 16) and can be claimed by people adversely affected by bushfires in August 2019 through to January 2020. Call 180 22 66 to apply by 5 July 2020.
NSW Government Disaster Recovery Grants of up to $15,000 are available for eligible primary producers, small businesses and not-for-profit organisations in areas affected by the bushfires occurring from 31 August 2019.
The Australian Red Cross is offering emergency grants of $5000 to people whose primary place of residence has been destroyed or rendered uninhabitable as the result of bushfires from 1 July 2019 to 28 February 2020 Apply Online Here.