Bushfire Recovery General Information and Fact Sheets

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.

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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.

Our local recovery workers include;

Rhiannon Treasure-Brand has been appointed as a Community Recovery Officer, funded by Resilience NSW under the State Government to help coordinate activities and programs that contribute to the community’s recovery and resilience. Rhiannon works Monday to Thursday from 8.30am - 4.30pm based in Council's administration building. Email: Rhiannon.Treasure-Brand@nambucca.nsw.gov.au
or phone 0418 206 748

Josh Foster appointed by the DPI has a rural background, supported by the Rural Resilience program, and is here to help residents from the Nambucca Valley area with practical and personal support, link you with services and assist in decision making. You can contact Josh via email: joshua.foster@dpi.nsw.gov.au or phone: 0417 467 436

Lani McNeill
is Resilience NSW's Community Coordination Officer for the North Coast. Email: lani.mcneill@resilience.nsw.gov.au or phone: 0456 779 336 

Michelle Gapes is the National Recovery and Resilience Agency's North Coast Recovery Support Officer. Email: michelle.gapes@recovery.gov.au or phone: 0437 186 702

Successful grant applications for “Moving Forward” Community Grants Program. Click here to see who they were and view our grants event calendar for dates not to be missed! Changes to this program are in the works due to Covid interruptions.

Council's Local Community Newsletters

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 programs and events.


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.

Bushfire Recovery Assistance Programs

Rural Financial Counselling Services: https://rfcsnr.org.au/ 
Disaster Recovery Clinicians and Farm Gate Counsellors via Mental Health Access Line: 1800 011 511

Council's building assistance
If you lost your home in the Kian Rd fire and are unsure about the next step to take in order to rebuild on your property, please contact Rhiannon (0418 206 748). We are looking to make individual property assessment appointments, using professional expertise (free-of-charge) to assist with your rebuild.

Development Application: Council is donating DA fees for people who lost their home as well as for those who lost a shed where a DA is required. These fees and charges include but are not limited to development application fees; complying development fees; s68 application fees, construction certificates fees; advertising and notification fees; inspection fees; and Section 7.12 developer contributions (where applicable).. Council will also provide copies of prior plans and documents with no administration fees, where available. Please call Lisa Hall (Technical Officer Development and Environment) on 6568 2555 to discuss the application process and your specific needs.


Other Items of Interest

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. Our local representative of the RDPP is Darren Boulet: Darren.Boulet@resilience.nsw.gov.au

National Recovery and Resilience Agency (NRRA): Floods, bushfires, cyclones, and drought have always been a part of the Australian landscape, and in recent times hazards like the COVID-19 pandemic have significantly impacted our way of life. Some communities have had to deal with disasters in rapid succession, such as devastating floods or bushfires after years of drought. The National Recovery and Resilience Agency was established in response to the Royal Commission into National Natural Disaster Arrangements. The Agency supports communities impacted by disaster, with a strong on-the-ground presence and a guiding principle of locally-led recovery. We also deliver initiatives to reduce risk and lessen the impacts of future shocks. Our local NRRA representative is Michelle Gapes: Michelle.Gapes@recovery.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. Important note: The timeframe of this two years will be ended in November 2021. 


Key Federal and State Government Assistance

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;