NSW Bushfires 2019-20

Bushfire Recovery Assistance

$25 MILLION CLEAN-UP ASSISTANCE

The NSW Government is providing $25 million to facilitate the clean-up of homes damaged or destroyed by the recent fires. This includes the removal of asbestos-contaminated material released as a result of the bushfires, concrete slabs and all dangerous debris such as destroyed homes and trees.

This assistance is available for residents who have had homes damaged or destroyed in the 46 local government areas that have been declared natural disaster areas for the fires, which have now been burning since August 2019.

$82 MILLION FOR RECOVERY GRANTS AND MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES

The NSW and Commonwealth Governments are already delivering more than $82 million to support the recovery of communities and industries in 33 local government areas which includes:

– $46 million for grants of up to $15,000 for primary producers and small businesses to assist with clean-up and the replacement of infrastructure, including repairing and replacing damaged fences, equipment and machinery.
– $12 million for additional mental health services for individuals, community groups and emergency services personnel.
– $24 million to fund the Economic Recovery and Community Resilience Grants Program.

OTHER ASSISTANCE MEASURES

– People who have lost important identity documents like a birth certificate or marriage certificate in the bushfires can have them replaced for free to help them recover as quickly as possible.
– Service NSW’s Mobile Service Centres are visiting bushfire affected communities to assist customers with government transactions, including replacement identity documents such as driver’s licenses.
– Producers can report stock losses and infrastructure damage, or request animal assessment, or emergency fodder or water for stock, by calling the Agricultural and Animal Services Hotline on 1800 814 647.
– Provided more than 880 tonnes of fodder to bushfire affected farmers in south-east NSW.
– Rural Fire Service Volunteers in NSW who are self-employed or work for small and medium businesses, and who have been called out for more than 10 days this fire season, are be able to apply for payments funded by the Commonwealth Government of up to $300 per day up to a total of $6,000 per person.
– Waste levy fees waived for residents disposing of bushfire-generated waste at nominated facilities. This includes building materials and furniture.