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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 web page.

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.

Bushfire-Affected Coastal Waterways Project

The 2019/2020 bushfires affected a diverse range of landscapes and ecosystems across the Eurobodalla, Shoalhaven and Bega local government areas (LGAs).

Eurobodalla, Shoalhaven and Bega councils engaged an independent consultant to prepare a Catchment and Waterways Bushfire Recovery Plan for south-east NSW. The objective of the plan is to prioritise high-risk sites for targeted ecological restoration activities to aid bushfire recovery and build environmental resilience.

Find out more

Contact us

For more information about the Bushfire-Affected Coastal Waterways Project or the South-East Catchment and Waterways Bushfire Recovery Plan, contact Prue Haantjens, Natural Resource Management Project Officer on:

Estuary Monitoring Program

In November 2020 our monthly Estuary Monitoring Program was expanded to include parameters aimed at identifying impacts to fire-affected waterways. The further monitoring is carried out in consultation with the Department of Planning, Industry and Environment to assess aquatic ecosystem health in response to the 2019-2020 bushfires.

The program includes the following estuaries within the Eurobodalla LGA:

  • Clyde River
  • Tomaga River
  • Moruya River
  • Tuross River
  • Coila Lake
  • Wagonga Inlet.

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Eurobodalla Nesting Box Program

Nesting boxes are artificial hollows that provide habitat to native wildlife. The boxes cannot replace an old growth tree with diverse hollows, but in areas where these hollows no longer exist, nesting boxes can benefit some wildlife species.

  • Over 300 species of our native animals use tree hollows for nesting, breeding and shelter.
  • Hollows provide a safe home away from predators and the weather.
  • It can take hundreds of years for a tree to develop hollows. They are crucial for the survival of many native animals.

The devastation of the 2019/20 summer bushfires resulted in a significant reduction in the number of hollows across the Eurobodalla. With thanks to funding from WIRES and government grants, we are installing nesting boxes for local wildlife throughout the Eurobodalla Shire.

Find out more

Contact us

For more information about the Eurobodalla Nesting Box Program, contact Courtney Fink-Downes, Natural Resources Supervisor on:

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.

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.