Disaster assistance for the Queanbeyan-Palerang bushfire (Carwoola bushfire)

Issued: 21 February 2017

Joint Media Release by The Hon Michael Keenan MP, Minister for Justice Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for Counter Terrorism and The Hon Troy Grant MP, Minister for Emergency Services.

Minister for Justice Michael Keenan and New South Wales Minister for Emergency Services Troy Grant today announced disaster assistance in response to last Friday's bushfire (17 February) that affected the Queanbeyan-Palerang local government area.

Minister Keenan said the assistance is being provided through the jointly-funded Commonwealth-State Natural Disaster Relief and Recovery Arrangements (NDRRA).

"Our thoughts are with those who have lost their homes as a result of this devastating bushfire," Mr Keenan said.

"The Australian and NSW governments have acted quickly to ensure that affected communities have access to the assistance they need to recover as quickly as possible."

Minister Grant praised the efforts of the firefighters who put their lives on the line to fight this bushfire.

"The firefighters who responded have done a terrific job in protecting threatened properties," Mr Grant said "Without their efforts there is no doubt more homes would have been lost."

Assistance available under the NDRRA includes:

  • Help for eligible people whose homes or belongings have been damaged;
  • Support for affected local councils to help with the costs of cleaning up and restoring damaged essential public assets;
  • Concessional interest rate loans for small businesses, primary producers and non-profit organisations;
  • Freight subsidies for primary producers; and
  • Grants to non-profit organisations.

For information on personal hardship and distress assistance, contact the Disaster Welfare Assistance Line on 1800 018 444. To apply for a concessional loan, grant or freight subsidy, contact the NSW Rural Assistance Authority on 1800 678 593 or visit www.raa.nsw.gov.au.

Information on disaster assistance available for this natural disaster can be found on the Australian Government's Disaster Assist website at www.disasterassist.gov.au and the Emergency NSW website at emergency.nsw.gov.au.