Bushfire Recovery

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Three large bushfires have burnt approximately 173,000 hectares in the Mid-Western Regional Local Government Area since December. Sadly, a number of properties have been destroyed as a result of these fires. Our Bushfire Recovery page is here to support our community recover from the recent bushfires.

If you have been affected, there are a range of assistant measures available to support you. Mid-Western Regional Council is working in partnership with the emergency services, State and Federal government agencies, charities and others to deliver this assistance.

Residents impacted by bushfire are encouraged to call Service NSW on 13 77 88, visit a Service NSW Centre or Mobile Service Centre, or go to www.service.nsw.gov.au to register for assistance.

Service NSW can assist with accommodation advice; relevant charitable services; mental health and wellbeing services; support for businesses; clean-up services; financial assistance; grants and rebates; insurance and legal support; replacing lost ID; and volunteer RFS and SES payments.

Three large bushfires have burnt approximately 173,000 hectares in the Mid-Western Regional Local Government Area since December. Sadly, a number of properties have been destroyed as a result of these fires. Our Bushfire Recovery page is here to support our community recover from the recent bushfires.

If you have been affected, there are a range of assistant measures available to support you. Mid-Western Regional Council is working in partnership with the emergency services, State and Federal government agencies, charities and others to deliver this assistance.

Residents impacted by bushfire are encouraged to call Service NSW on 13 77 88, visit a Service NSW Centre or Mobile Service Centre, or go to www.service.nsw.gov.au to register for assistance.

Service NSW can assist with accommodation advice; relevant charitable services; mental health and wellbeing services; support for businesses; clean-up services; financial assistance; grants and rebates; insurance and legal support; replacing lost ID; and volunteer RFS and SES payments.

  • Free trees for bushfire affected residents

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    06 August, 2020
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    Council is partnering with Watershed Landcare to provide bushfire affected landholders with native trees as part of their recovery.

    Following the cancellation of National Tree Day this year due to COVID-19, Council is redistributing trees to bushfire affected residents to assist in revegetating their properties follow the devastating summer fires that destroyed 255,000 hectares.

    Eligible landholders can apply to receive 40 native trees each, including tree guards and stakes.

    Expressions of Interest can be lodged here and close Friday, 21 August.

  • $10,000 Small Business Bushfire Support Grant

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    24 April, 2020
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    Small businesses located in the Mid-Western Regional Council Local Government Area (LGA) that have experienced a significant decline in revenue as a result of the NSW 2019-2020 bushfires (beginning in August 2019) may now be eligible for the NSW Government $10,000 Small Business Bushfire Support Grant. To be eligible, small businesses must have experienced a 40 percent drop in revenue over a three month period, compared to last year, due to the bushfires.

    Note: Small businesses who do not meet the 40% revenue decline threshold or do not have a relevant 3 month period comparison may still be eligible for the grant. Additionally, small businesses located in a non-eligible area outside the Mid-Western Regional Council LGA, however operate part-time or on some regular basis within the LGA may also be eligible. For more information, full eligibility criteria and to apply click here.

  • Assistance available for landholders and primary producers

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    05 February, 2020
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    Local Land Services and NSW Department of Primary Industries (NSW DPI) coordinate and provide recovery assistance and advice to landholders, primary producers, commercial fishers and other industries impacted by a natural disaster event.

    If you have been affected by the fires and have concerns about your livestock, pets, companion animals or wildlife, call the Agriculture and Animal Services Hotline on 1800 814 647 for assistance.

    For information on recovery assistance and grants that might be available to you, visit the NSW DPI’s Bushfire response and recovery page.

  • Special Disaster Grant for primary producers

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    05 February, 2020
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    Primary producers affected by bushfires can now apply for a Special Disaster Grant of up to $75,000 to help pay for recovery costs.

    The Special Disaster Grant is administered through the NSW Rural Assistance Authority (RAA).

    To find out if you are eligible and to apply, visit www.raa.nsw.gov.au or call 1800 678 593 to speak to the RAA. Service NSW Service Centres are also able to assist producers with information.

  • Bushfire clean up and waste management

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    05 February, 2020
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    The NSW Government is coordinating the clean-up of NSW residences and businesses impacted by the NSW bushfires. This includes both insured and uninsured properties.

    Visit the Service NSW website for more information and to register for help with your clean-up.


  • Mental health support

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    05 February, 2020
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    It’s completely normal to experience a range of emotions after a fire, including anxiety, forgetfulness, sleep disturbance and more. Having someone to listen to and support you through this is very important.

    Check in on your friends and neighbours, and if you or someone you know needs help, reach out.

    The following are free services available 24 hours a day, seven days a week

    Mental Health Line: 1800 011 511
    Beyondblue: 1300 22 4636
    Lifeline: 13 11 14
    Mensline: 1300 789 978
    Kids Helpline: 1800 55 1800

    If you or someone you know is in immediate danger call 000


  • Support for landholders affected by NSW bushfires

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    17 January, 2020
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    NSW Land Registry Services (NSW LRS) is helping landholders affected by the recent NSW bushfires by providing title searches and plan images of their property free of charge.

    Property searches and plans can assist landholders with insurance claims and development applications to council, as well as provide peace of mind regarding land ownership following natural disasters.

    If you have been affected by the recent bushfires and would benefit from access to land and property information from the land titles register, please call our Contact Centre on 1300 396 076 (regional callers) or (02) 8776 3575 and we can discuss how best to assist you.

    NSW LRS operates the land titles register on behalf of the NSW Government, as well as the General Register of Deeds and the Water Access Licence Register.

    These registers hold essential information about properties across the state, including about ownership, restrictions on use, title boundaries, plans, and water access and use. Information held on these registers is available for landowners to view through land and property information searches.
  • Council Appoints Bushfire Liaison Officer

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    17 January, 2020
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    In response to the recent Bushfire Emergency in the Mid-Western Region and the subsequent Recovery Operation, Council has appointed a Bushfire Liaison Officer to be the central point of contact for those requiring assistance.

    Approximately 173,034 hectares have been burnt by the Palmers Oaky, Kerry Ridge and Meads Creek West fires since 20 December.

    Multiple buildings have been destroyed as a result of the fires with hundreds of properties affected and as a result the Mid-Western Region has been declared a Natural Disaster Area.

    Council’s General Manager, Brad Cam said in times of emergency there can be misinformation and Council is working to centralise information and put residents in touch with the appropriate agencies.

    “There are residents who have sadly lost their homes and we’re working directly with the NSW Government’s Office of Emergency Management to assist these residents,” Mr Cam said.

    “The Australian Government has provided grant funding to assist in the recovery effort.

    “As part of the recovery effort, Council is appointing a Bushfire Liaison Officer to work directly with affected residents.

    “This officer will be the central point of contact and will be available to put affected residents in touch with the appropriate government agencies delivering financial and non-financial assistance.”

    If you have been affected by bushfire in the Mid-Western Regional Local Government Area please visithttps://yoursay.midwestern.nsw.gov.au/bushfire-recovery or call the Bushfire Liaison Officer, Alayna Gleeson direct on 0447 092 639.

    For the most up to date information on local road closures please visit Council’s website and Facebook page.