​Recovery support services for bushfire affected communities

16 May 2018

A Tathra and District Fire Recovery Support Service (RSS) is being established to help individuals and communities affected by the Tathra Valley Bushfire in March 2018.

The RSS will be jointly funded under the 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 affected communities are still doing it tough and need more support for their recovery.

“The Tathra and District Fire Recovery Support Service will improve the coordination of recovery assistance for affected families and individuals,” Mr Taylor said.

“The service will provide a single point of contact for affected people to be connected with specialist recovery support workers and make it easier to access the personal and financial services they need.”

New South Wales Minister for Emergency Services Troy Grant said as the recovery moves into the next phase it is vital to continue the coordinated support for those in need.

“Many families experienced significant impacts as a result of this devastating bushfire and now face major decisions about their future,” Mr Grant said.

“Through the Recovery Support Service, people will be able to access a range of practical and personal recovery support, including personal and financial counselling services.”

The Tathra and District Fire Recovery Support Service will be located within Bega Valley Shire Council.

For further information on the RSS, people can visit emergency.nsw.gov.au or phone the Bega Valley Shire Council Recovery Hotline on (02) 6499 2475. 

Further information is available at Disaster Assist.