​Bushfire assistance for Tenterfield

Issued: Tuesday, 19 December 2017

Minister for Justice Michael Keenan and New South Wales Minister for Emergency Services Troy Grant today announced that disaster assistance was available in response to the bushfires that began in Tenterfield on 8 September 2017.

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

“The Australian and NSW governments are committed to working together to help the recovery of disaster affected communities,” Mr Keenan said.

Minister Grant said that NDRRA assistance is now available for eligible residents, small businesses and primary producers in the bushfire affected local government area of Tenterfield.

“We are also providing assistance to cover certain firefighting costs and for the restoration of damaged public infrastructure,” Mr Grant said.

Assistance available under the NDRRA may include:

  • 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 eligible small businesses, primary producers and non-profit organisations
  • freight subsidies for eligible primary producers, and
  • grants to eligible 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.

Further information on disaster assistance is available on the Australian Government’s Disaster Assist website disasterassist.gov.au and the NSW emergency information and response website at www.emergency.nsw.gov.au.