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NSW Blue Mountains Bushfire Recovery - 2013

The October bushfires that ravaged the Blue Mountains Community with such ferocity and speed destroyed and damaged more than 300 homes, changing the lives of many forever.  Along with homes, many hectares of bushland and wildlife were also destroyed, altering the face of this bushland community. However, amongst the devastation there has been a resolute determination to recover and rebuild that which was lost.

The recovery effort has been characterised by a true whole of community approach, from emergency authorities, local Government, State and Australian Government agencies, local businesses, volunteers, charities, other non-government organisations and individuals around the Blue Mountains and beyond. The public response to the fires has been overwhelming with financial support flowing in to the Mayoral Bushfire Relief Fund and the many charities, providing welcome financial relief to help people recover and rebuild their lives homes and communities.

The information on this page details the full picture of what has happened and what has been achieved so far in the Blue Mountains and provides you with contact information for services that can help you to continue to recover and rebuild from this bushfire disaster.

Blue Mountains City Council - Bushfire Recovery Information

Booklet - NSW Blue Mountains Bushfire Recovery Update

A booklet has been produced for those affected by the Blue Mountains bushfire. In contains information on the response to date, clean-up and disposal, what the next steps will be, assistance measures, contacts and what will be happening over the Christmas Season.

More information on the Booklet - NSW Blue Mountains Bushfire Recovery Update

Disaster Assistance

A range of assistance is available to those impacted by the bush fires, including one off payments of $1000 per eligible adult and $400 per eligible child (ADRGP Grants), disaster relief grants for content and structural repairs, assistance for Primary Produces, Small business, Local Councils, Sporting Clubs, Churches and Voluntary non-profit organisations, and more.

ADRGP Grants - Emergency Assistance Hotline - 180 2266

Disaster Welfare Assistance Line - 1800 018 444

More information on Disaster Assistance | More information on Natural Disaster Declarations

Bushfire Water Bill Rebate - Homes not connected to mains water

The NSW Government is providing a bushfire water bill rebate for homes not connected to mains water in the areas covered by the Sydney Water, Hunter Water and Wyong Shire Council. The rebate is for people who used stored water to defend their homes in the October 2013 bushfire emergency. Sydney Water, Hunter Water and Wyong Shire Council are providing a separate rebate to their customers for homes connected to mains water.

More information on Disaster Assistance - Utilities

Returning home

If you have been impacted by the recent bushfires, you may need to make an Insurance claim, Replace personal documents or seek some support or counselling services.

More information on Returning home


The NSW Government is taking steps to ensure properties in the Blue Mountains containing asbestos which were destroyed or damaged during the bush fires are rendered safe.

Multi-agency teams led by Fire and Rescue conducted Rapid Impact Assessments at these fire-affected properties and signs have now been placed outside advising people of the asbestos risks. Assistance will be coordinated through the Department of Public Works and is available to all residents in the Blue Mountains whose fire affected property has been identified to have asbestos containing materials.

More information on Asbestos


Public generosity and care following a disaster plays a significant role in individual and community recovery. Money is the most useful donation because it provides flexibility and choice to meet immediate needs.

More information on Donations

Keep up to date on current fires

Stay informed with what is going on in your area. Listen to local radio and monitor information from the NSW Rural Fire Service:

Major Fire Updates | Current Bushfire/RFS Incidents | Hazard Reduction Burns | Bush Fire Survival Plan

Bush Fire Information Line - 1800 679 737 | Twitter - @NSWRFS | Facebook - www.facebook.com/nswrfs

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