Northern NSW communities will benefit from joint Government funded disaster assistance following bushfires in August this year.
Assistance is being provided through the jointly funded Commonwealth-State Natural Disaster Relief and Recovery Arrangements (NDRRA) in response to:
- the Richmond Valley, Lismore and Kyogle bushfires from 12 August 2018; and
- the Clarence Valley and Glen Innes Severn bushfires from 14 August 2018.
Assistant Minister for Home Affairs Senator Linda Reynolds, who has responsibility for Commonwealth disaster assistance, said the Commonwealth and NSW governments were working together to support recovery efforts following an early start to the fire season.
“These fires burnt over several days destroying thousands of hectares of land, threatening life and causing major disruption to communities,” Assistant Minister Reynolds said.
“Through the NDRRA, we are able to offer those most affected some peace of mind by providing financial support whilst they get back on their feet.”
“A range of assistance is now available to help aid community recovery and to fund operational response activities.”
NSW Minister for Emergency Services Troy Grant said that the fires occurred during a period of high fire danger, affecting communities in the Richmond Valley, Lismore, Kyogle, Clarence Valley and Glen Innes Severn local government areas.
“NSW Rural Fire Service deployed large numbers of firefighting personnel, appliances and aircraft to combat the fires,” Minister Grant said.
“As always, our first responders did a remarkable job of protecting communities, and I commend them for their efforts.”
“The funding available through the NDRRA will help cover the cost of fighting the bushfires and ensure that any damaged public infrastructure can be repaired.”
Assistance measures available under the NDRRA may include:
- help for eligible people whose homes or belongings have been damaged;
- support for affected local councils to help with the costs of cleaning up and restoring damaged essential public assets;
- concessional interest rate loans for small businesses, primary producers and non-profit organisations;
- freight subsidies for primary producers; and
- grants to eligible non-profit organisations.
For information on personal hardship and distress assistance, contact the Disaster Welfare Assistance Line on 1800 018 444. To apply for a concessional loan, grant or freight subsidy, contact the NSW Rural Assistance Authority on 1800 678 593 or visit www.raa.nsw.gov.au.
Further information on disaster assistance is available on the Australian Government’s Disaster Assist website at disasterassist.gov.au and the NSW emergency information and response website at emergency.nsw.gov.au.