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Bushfire recovery

Eurobodalla was significantly impacted by the 2019-20 bushfires. Hundreds of homes, many businesses, and thousands of hectares of bushland were damaged or destroyed. Recovery is a long-term process that is different for everyone.

This page provides information about how to get support with different aspects of bushfire recovery, and outlines what Council and other agencies are doing to help rebuild and restore the social, built, economic and natural environment. Council's priorities are detailed in our Bushfire Recovery Action Plan.

Eurobodalla Bushfire Recovery Support Service

Navigating through all of the information and options can be overwhelming.

Let our case managers help you find the right services for your situation, including financial and housing assistance, clean-up, rebuilding and DA information, mental health support and more.

Volunteers for Bushfire Recovery Program

This program offers social assistance and companionship to support residents who would like to undertake social, recreation or vocational experiences.

Agencies can register their interest in receiving support for their clients by completing the online agency referral form.

If you are a community member who would benefit from the program, please contact Volunteer Development Officer, Maxine Plant:

Find out more about the program and becoming a volunteer on the Volunteers for Bushfiire Recovery webpage.

Resilience NSW

Resilience NSW is the lead agency for helping people in NSW prepare for and respond to disasters, as well as support during the recovery and healing process. Its resources include information on available disaster relief and support, preparing for a disaster and rescue and emergency management.

Clean up program

For information about the NSW clean-up program:

Rebuilding and repairing

Find out about types of approval, waived fees, building design professionals, and planning provisions aimed to assist those rebuilding after bushfire:

Private landholders who share a boundary with public land and were impacted by the 2019/2020 bushfires are eligible for up to $5,000 per kilometre to contribute to the replacement of damaged boundary fences:

The NSW Small Business Commissioner offers financial support, business advice, dispute resolution, and mental health support.

Small businesses impacted by the bushfires can also get free financial counselling from the Small Business Bushfire Financial Counselling Support Line.

Any businesses and tradespeople that can supply goods and services in bushfire affected areas can sign up for the NSW Supplier register. Operating until January 2022, the register aims to ensure government buyers during recovery use local businesses wherever possible.

Service NSW is the NSW Government's one-stop-shop for bushfire related payments:

The National Bushfire Recovery Agency offers financial assistance for families, individual, small businesses and primary producers:

You can also apply for financial assistance from:

Council’s Bushfire Recovery Plan sets out activities to rebuild and restore the Eurobodalla Shire's social, built, economic and natural environments:

Read the final reports and Eurobodalla Council's submissions for the Royal Commission into National Natural Disaster Arrangements and the NSW Independent Bushfire Inquiry:

Council commenced the recovery phase in early 2020, with ongoing support from the NSW and Australian governments and many community, private and not-for-profit groups. Find out what the recovery effort has involved so far in our most recent report:

The bushfires impacted 80 per cent of the shire, damaging essential infrastructure. We've been working on roads, bridges, sewer facilities, and other equipment to help communities get re-connected and back on track.

For everyone

Bushfire recovery updates: See our recent updates for the whole community, or subscribe to get email updates for those recovering and rebuilding after bushfire.

Looking after your mental health: Everyone's experience and response to the bushfires is different. The local Primary Health Network, Coordinare has resources and contact details for local counsellors and helplines for anyone experiencing bushfire related challenges.

Free legal services: Legal Aid NSW provides free legal help to people affected by the bushfires. Help is available for insurance, credit hardship, housing, employment and document replacement.