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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.

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.

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

The National Bushfire Recovery Agency offers financial assistance for:

You can also apply for financial assistance from:

For information about the NSW clean-up program:

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.

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

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.

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

The Volunteers for Bushfire Recovery Program offers social assistance and companionship to support residents who would like to undertake new social, recreation or vocational experiences.

To register your interest in receiving support from the program, please contact Community Recovery Officer Steve Picton:

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.