Disaster assistance for NSW communities affected by the January bushfires

28 February 2018

Disaster assistance has been made available for the local government areas of Gwydir, Tamworth and Uralla in response to bushfires in January.

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

Minister for Law Enforcement and Cyber Security Angus Taylor, , who has responsibility for Commonwealth disaster assistance, said that NDRRA funding is now available to help affected communities rebuild and resume their lives.

"The January bushfires caused widespread damage, burning over 15,000 hectares of land, including private property and state forest,” Mr Taylor said.

“The fires occurred near the towns of Bundarra, Uralla and Niangala and caused serious disruption to the people in these communities.
“There has been a significant impact on primary producers, with loss of livestock and fences damaged or destroyed. A range of assistance is now available under the NDRRA to help affected communities and support the primary production sector.

“The Commonwealth and New South Wales Governments are committed to helping people recover from the impact of natural disasters.”

NSW Minister for Emergency Services Troy Grant said that a significant and coordinated multi-agency response was required by state and local authorities to fight the fires.

“A large number of firefighting personnel, appliances and aircraft were deployed to undertake firefighting operations," Mr Grant said.

"The funding available through the NDRRA will help cover the cost of fighting the bushfires and ensure damaged public infrastructure can be repaired.”

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 small businesses, primary producers and
  • non-profit organisations
  • freight subsidies for primary producers, and grants to eligible non-profit organisations.
Further information on disaster assistance is available  at DisasterAssist and The Office of Emergency Services.