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Recovery help for Tathra fire

A bushfire started to the south-east of Bega and has impacted properties in the Tathra and Reedy Swamp area. A number of homes and buildings have been damaged or destroyed by the fire.

On this page:

    Recovery Support Service

    Anybody impacted by the fire is invited to access recovery support services.

    02 6499 2475 or recovery@begavalley.nsw.gov.au
    ​Unit 6, Tathra Beach House Apartments, Tathra


    Community Meetings 

    Check the Bega Valley Shire Council's meeting schedule.

    Natural Disaster Assistance Schemes

    Disaster assistance has been made available for communities affected by bushfire in the Bega Valley Local Government Area.

    For information on personal hardship and distress assistance, contact Disaster Welfare Assistance line on 1800 018 444.

    For more information about assistance and how to apply see the Natural Disaster Assistance Schemes.

    Health and Wellbeing Support

    Recovering from a disaster can be a marathon not a sprint. It’s important to take time to look after yourself and to have people around that can listen and support you.

    See the factsheet for tips on how to look after your health and wellbeing and where to get some extra help if you need it.

    Advice when entering your damaged home

    Houses, sheds and other buildings or structures that are burnt in a bushfire can leave potential health and safety hazards in the remaining rubble and ash.

    Council rates relief for homeowners

    Bega Valley Shire Council is offering water and sewerage rates relief for homeowners with damaged or destroyed homes.

    Housing Assistance

    Residents of Tathra and Reedy Swamp are encouraged to contact Family and Community Services representatives on 1800 422 322.

    Legal Assistance

    Legal Aid NSW can give you free legal advice if you are affected by disaster. For example, they can help if:
    • Your home has been damaged by fire (whether you are an owner or tenant)
    • You have insurance or repair problems
    • Your job has been affected by the fire
    • You need help renegotiating credit commitments due to loss of income from the fire
    LawAccess NSW Disaster Response Hotline: 1800 801 529.

    ATO assistance

    The Australian Taxation Office (ATO) understands that during this time there are more immediate problems you will be facing. Help is available to you whenever you need it and you can find out more information at the Australian Taxation Office website.

    Assistance for small businesses

    If you are affected by the recent bushfires, the ATO can help with your lodgement program and reconstructing records. More information at the Australian Taxation Office website.

    Call 1800 806 218


    If you are insured please contact your insurance company directly.

    The Insurance Council of Australia's hotline is 1800 734 621.

    Key contacts

    ​Recovery Support service
    ​02 6499 2475
    ​Disaster Welfare Assistance
    ​1800 018 444
    ​Insurance Council Disaster Hotline
    ​1800 734 621
    ​Bega Valley Shire Council
    ​02 6499 2222
    ​NSW Mental Health Line
    ​1800 011 511
    ​Australian Taxation Office
    ​1800 806 218
    ​Mayoral Appeal Fund
    ​02 6499 2345