Red Cross grants
In May 2020 Red Cross launched the “re-establishment grant” to support both renters and owner-occupiers to establish safe places to live in the medium-longer term following the bushfires. This grant helps people to rebuild homes, and support people to buy or rent other homes, move into a retirement village, purchase a caravan or mobile home, or find interim housing.
The new grant means that home owners who lost their primary residences are now eligible for up to $50,000 in emergency and re-establishment grants from the Red Cross, and renters are eligible for up to $30,000 in emergency and re-establishment grants.
- Applications for the grant are available at https://www.redcross.org.au/get-help/emergencies/recovering-from-emergencies/grants
- A complete list of Red Cross financial assistance for bushfire impacted households is available here
One-stop shop for bushfire recovery – Service NSW
Service NSW has created a one-stop shop webpage for communities to access support following the bushfires.
Rebuilding the Richmond Valley – Community Revitalisation Plan
Council’s Rebuilding the Richmond Valley – Community Revitalisation Plan identifies a range of actions and opportunities to ensure bushfire recovery is timely and effective.
Recovery support fact sheets and newsletters
- Community-Recovery-Information-COVID-19-update 26 March 2020
- Community Recovery Newsletter #5 – 3 February 2020
- Bushfire recovery assistance – general fact sheet – NSW bushfires 2019-2020
- Community Information Newsletter #3 – 13 December 2019
- Community Information Newsletter #2 – 25 November 2019
- Community Information Newsletter #1 – 15 November 2019
- Community Information Newsletter #3 – 7 November 2019
- Community Information Newsletter #2 – 24 October 2019
- Community Information Newsletter #1 – 15 October 2019
- Australian Government Disaster Recovery Payment. The Australian Government announced a non-means tested one-off payment of $1000 per adult and $400 per child for individuals severely impacted during the bushfires.
- This is additional to the Disaster Recovery Allowance which applies to anyone who has lost income as a result of the fires and is not receiving an an existing government support payment.
- Supporting our Neighbours – public land boundary fencing program – the NSW Government has announced $209 million to help replace boundary fencing adjoining public lands destroyed in the recent bushfires. Private landholders who share a boundary with public land and were impacted by fires are eligible to receive up to $5000 per kilometre to contribute to the replacement of damaged boundary fences. Grants can be issued retrospectively to cover costs already incurred by landholders replacing fire-damaged fencing where a boundary is shared with public lands. Note that for the purposes of this grant, public lands includes: National parks, Forestry Corporation land, travelling stock reserves, Crown reserves, tenured roads and leases, roads managed by Transport for NSW or local government. To register your interest call Local Land Services on 1300 778 080 or visit www.lls.nsw.gov.au/fencing
- Disaster Relief Grants Fact Sheet
- Planning to rebuild? NSW Land Services is providing title searches and plan images of property free of charge in bushfire affected areas. Go here for more info: https://www.nswlrs.com.au/About/About/Announcements/63
- Disaster support for Telstra customers – Telstra has provided extra assistance for customers whose landline connections have been cut off or destroyed.
- How are you going? Pay attention to your mental health in a crisis.
Safety fact sheets
- Bush Fire Recovery Information – Solar Panels – Fact Sheet
- Bush Fire Recovery Information – Gas Bottles – Fact Sheet
- Property Hazards Following a Bushfire – SafeWork NSW – Fact Sheet
- Please visit https://www.rfs.nsw.gov.au/fire-information/fires-near-me for current bushfire locations and advice.
- Comprehensive updates on bushfires are found here: https://www.rfs.nsw.gov.au/fire-information/major-fire-updates
How to donate to the fire recovery effort
BlazeAid is a volunteer-run organisation which specialises in helping farms rebuild their infrastructure after devastating bushfires.
This includes repairing and replacing fencing, cattle yards, troughs, pipes, water tanks, and more.
BlazeAid had a base camp at the Casino Showground where 30-40 volunteers from across NSW and interstate camped for around 12 weeks.
With the community’s help, these volunteers identified the farms which had been most badly affected by the 2019 bushfires and worked to rebuild their infrastructure.
To donate to BlazeAid, go to the BlazeAid website at www.BlazeAid.com.au or contact Debbie on 0418 990 267.
Donations can be targeted to a specific recovery effort, so 100% of local donations will go towards supporting recovery from the Busbys Flat Rd – Rappville fire.
Casino Golf Club fundraiser
The Casino Golf Club set up a fundraising account with 100% of money going to individuals and families affected by the bushfires.
Account details are:
Summerland Credit Union
Name: Fire Aid
BSB: 728 728
ACC: 2232 5706
Cash donations can also be made at all Summerland Credit Union branches.