The NSW Government organise and coordinate disaster management through Resilience NSW, which used to be the Office of Emergency Management. Coordinated by Resilience NSW, there is a regional recovery network in place to support recovery at a local level, as well as a national framework under the National Bushfire Recovery Agency.
Alison Laverty, Bushfire Recovery Officer appointed by Council under funding from the Bushfire Community Resilience and Economic Recovery Fund (BCRERF). This is a joint Commonwealth-State Disaster Recovery Fund. Alison has a background in case management work and building community resilience. Alison can link you with local services and help support community-based activities. You can contact Alison via email; Alison.Laverty@nambucca.nsw.gov.au or phone 0418 377 430
Our local bushfire recovery workers include;
Rhiannon Treasure-Brand has been appointed as a Community Recovery Officer, funded by the NSW Government to help coordinate activities and programs that contribute to the community’s recovery and resilience. Rhiannon continues to work in rehousing our displaced residents, providing support and advocacy and linking across NGOs and government. Email: Rhiannon.Treasure-Brand@nambucca.nsw.gov.au or phone 0418 206 748
Services NSW: Many bushfire related queries are channelled through Services NSW Bushfire Customer Care Service on 13 77 88 or visit; www.service.nsw.gov.au/campaign/bushfire-customer-care-service. Our local Services NSW contact is Lena Jones.
Office of Emergency Management's Recovery Newsletters
These newsletters contain information on State and Federal Government initiatives, including grants, welfare assistance, clean-up procedures, insurance contacts and other.
If returning to your property, please read the .pdf information brochure Safework Property Hazards Following Bushfire.
These newsletters contain information on local volunteer actions, a list of charitable organisations offering financial assistance and how to apply, council initiatives and bushfire related upcoming events.
Road numbers: Council has ordered reflective road numbers for those properties that were destroyed in the Kian Rd fire. Council will be in touch when these are available for collection. If you didn’t lose your home but did lose your road number, let us know and we will order a new one for you.
Bushfire Relief Appeal: The Council has also established its own tax deductible donations fund to support residents who have been directly impacted by the Kian Road bushfire. Donations can be made via the following link: www.nambucca.nsw.gov.au/bushfire-appeal/
Expenditure of $1million federal government funding: Public submission process: The final program for the expenditure of $1m in Commonwealth funding, after all public submissions were processed, was put to the 27 February Council meeting. It has now been adopted. Anybody wishing to read the final recommendations can find it with the Council meeting minutes at: https://nambucca.nsw.gov.au/cp_themes/default/page.asp?p=DOC-KUT-82-76-57
Business Planning: No business is immune to the risks of disruption or disaster. Nobody thinks an emergency event will happen to them, but preparing your business to survive such an event is vital for every business owner. The NSW Small Business Commissioner has developed a practical guide to take you through the essential steps to build a your own Business Continuity Plan. It provides easy to use templates and checklists that can be filled out, creating a comprehensive business continuity plan unique to your business needs. Visit https://www.smallbusiness.nsw.gov.au/BCP
Regional Disaster Preparedness Program: After living through, one, two or even more recent disasters, many people have questions about preparedness for the future, or what preparations are already in place for disaster management. The state government organisation, Resilience NSW, is running a program working with communities and councils to try to address these concerns.
National Bushfire Recovery Agency (NBRA): Real stories from real people help others to know that recovery is possible when we work together. If you have a local story that could help other affected communities on their road to recovery, you might like to share them with the NBRA at: Communications@bushfirerecovery.gov.au
NSW Government planning changes - installation of a moveable dwelling: People whose homes have been badly damaged in a bushfire can install a moveable dwelling, such as a caravan, on land without council approval for up to two years. If a person wishes to stay in the moveable dwelling beyond two years, council approval will be needed. A movable dwelling is defined under the Local Government Act and can include a tent, caravan or van used for human habitation. It can also include a manufactured home, which is a self-contained dwelling that is designed to be moved from one position to another.
Resilience NSW fact sheet - Fake Tradies
Most services and government grants are now being coordinated through Service NSW. People affected by the fire are encouraged to call 13 77 88 and the NSW Bushfire Customer Care Service will help you navigate the support and financial assistance that's available across all levels of government.
Some examples of the types of support available include;
Nambucca Valley Council Bushfire Relief Appeal background and further information
Nambucca Valley Council's Bushfire Relief Appeal - Terms of Reference for Committee Members