​Community recovery assistance extended for more bushfire affected communities in NSW

Publication Date: 18 December 2019

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  • Additional six local government areas to access Federal-State recovery funding bringing total to more than $60 million.
  • Recovery grants of up to $15,000 for farmers and small businesses

Grants of $15,000 are now available for bushfire-hit farmers and small businesses in the Blue Mountains, Central Coast, Cessnock, Hawkesbury, Lithgow and Singleton council areas.

This funding announcement adds to $25 million already committed for the clean-up of debris and hazardous waste as well as the $48.25 million bushfire recovery grants and services.

Minister for Natural Disaster and Emergency Management David Littleproud said up to $12 million had been made available to extend the community recovery assistance program.

“This will help farmers and small business clean-up, repair damaged equipment and fencing and replace stock,” Minister Littleproud said.

“Getting back to business is one of the best ways to recover.

“This will make sure businesses can open and people are back to work sooner.

“When money flows around a community it can help to speed up the whole recovery.

“Another $1.35 million will go to the Bushfires Community Recovery Fund, delivering mental health services for communities, volunteers and emergency services staff in these areas.

“The Federal Government will stand by these communities until they’re back on their feet and will make further assistance available as it is needed.”

“The bushfires in NSW have been devastating for many communities and we are committed to supporting them long-term.”

Premier Gladys Berejiklian said that the NSW and Commonwealth governments are not only committed to helping affected communities with their recovery but also making them more resilient to future disasters.

“The NSW and Commonwealth governments are committed to supporting bushfire affected communities and if we need to extend these community recovery measures to other areas we will do so,” Ms Berejiklian said.

“We have already made available support for people who are suffering personal hardship; help for people whose homes have been damaged; funding for firefighting operations and to restore damaged essential public assets; and financial support for small businesses, primary producers and non-profit organisations.

“Importantly, we are also supporting these communities to become more resilient to disasters by extending the NSW Bushfires Economic Recovery and Community Resilience Grants Program.”

Minister for Police and Emergency Services David Elliott said this funding announcement comes in addition to $48.25 million already committed by the State and Federal Government to bushfire disaster recovery.

“The assistance being announced today in the six local government areas of Blue Mountains, Central Coast, Cessnock, Hawkesbury, Lithgow and Singleton is on top of the range of support already being provided through the Disaster Recovery Funding Arrangements (DRFA),” Mr Elliott said.

“An additional $4 million is being provided for this program to provide targeted grants to community groups, local governments, industry groups and incorporated organisations for locally led recovery and resilience building activities.”

The recovery grants are being jointly funded by the Commonwealth and NSW governments through the DRFA.

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

To apply for recovery grant, contact the NSW Rural Assistance Authority on 1800 678 593 or visit www.raa.nsw.gov.au