Bushfire Recovery Wingecarribee

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Green Wattle Creek, Currowan and Morton Fires impacted the Wingecarribee Shire in late December 2019 and early 2020. This page aims to support our community through the recovery phase associated with these bushfires.

If you have been affected, there is a range of assistance for you. Council is working in partnership with emergency services, State and Federal government agencies, charities and others to deliver this assistance.

For detailed information about the assistance available please use the SEARCH TOOL at the top of the page, refer to the Frequently Asked Questions and links on this webpage or call Council's Bushfire Recovery Hotline 1800 316 500.


Recovery Support Services

If you have been affected by bushfires, Recovery Support Services will help you in your recovery journey by providing personalised, long-term support.

Community Links has been appointed as the recovery support service for the Wingecarribee area. They will link you to your own personalised recovery support worker, who can help you navigate and access services and disaster assistance packages.

Call 4683 2776 or email intake@communitylinks.org.au to be put in touch with a Recovery Support Officer who can:

  • Provide relevant information about the range of assistance and services available
  • Help you work out what needs to be done and develop an action plan
  • Connect you with the services required and assist in coordinating these
  • Assist with referral and application processes for services needed
  • Facilitate meetings between you and relevant agencies
  • Assist with practicalities, such as dealing with insurance companies or replacing key documents.

Learn more in the fact sheet.

Updated 23 February 2021



Green Wattle Creek, Currowan and Morton Fires impacted the Wingecarribee Shire in late December 2019 and early 2020. This page aims to support our community through the recovery phase associated with these bushfires.

If you have been affected, there is a range of assistance for you. Council is working in partnership with emergency services, State and Federal government agencies, charities and others to deliver this assistance.

For detailed information about the assistance available please use the SEARCH TOOL at the top of the page, refer to the Frequently Asked Questions and links on this webpage or call Council's Bushfire Recovery Hotline 1800 316 500.


Recovery Support Services

If you have been affected by bushfires, Recovery Support Services will help you in your recovery journey by providing personalised, long-term support.

Community Links has been appointed as the recovery support service for the Wingecarribee area. They will link you to your own personalised recovery support worker, who can help you navigate and access services and disaster assistance packages.

Call 4683 2776 or email intake@communitylinks.org.au to be put in touch with a Recovery Support Officer who can:

  • Provide relevant information about the range of assistance and services available
  • Help you work out what needs to be done and develop an action plan
  • Connect you with the services required and assist in coordinating these
  • Assist with referral and application processes for services needed
  • Facilitate meetings between you and relevant agencies
  • Assist with practicalities, such as dealing with insurance companies or replacing key documents.

Learn more in the fact sheet.

Updated 23 February 2021



  • Feedback sought for Council's Black Summer Bushfire Recovery Grant proposal

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    The Black Summer Bushfire Recovery (BSBR) Grants Program is currently open to local Councils, businesses and community groups impacted by the 2019/20 bushfires. Wingecarribee Shire Council is requesting feedback from community on potential Council projects under the (BSBR) grant by completing the quick 5min survey below.

    The BSBR grant is a program under the National Recovery and Resilience Agency aimed to support community recovery or resilience. The funding envelope allocated to the Wingecarribee is $1.6 million. Projects must address one or more of the following recovery or resilience needs:

    • social recovery and resilience
    • economic recovery and resilience
    • recovery and resilience of the built environment

    Together with key stakeholders, Council has identified 12 projects that address recovery and resilience for our community.

    Council would like to also provide support to those community groups in our shire who are also applying.

    For more information on the BSBR grants and guidelines head to the National Recovery and Resilience Agencies website

    Online survey to be completed here by 4pm Wednesday 18 August 2021

  • Feedback sought for bushfire response review

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    At the Council meeting held on 12 May 2021, Mr Viv May requested a review of Council’s response to the 2019/20 Black Summer Bushfires.

    The review will examine Wingecarribee Shire Council’s response to the immediate emergency as well as the short and long-term bushfire recovery support offered.

    Feedback is sought from anyone impacted by the bushfires, whether in a personal, work, voluntary or community capacity.

    We’re offering a number of opportunities to provide feedback and share your experience:

    Community listening online events:


    Online feedback form / survey to be completed here by (7pm Friday 9 July) 9am Monday 12 July 2021 (extended).


    The review will specifically focus on Council’s:

    • response to the immediate bushfire emergency, including coordination of Local Emergency Management Committee
    • provision of immediate support and information for bushfire impacted residents, including Council’s Mayoral Relief Fund
    • management of short-term recovery needs, including set up, participation in and effectiveness of local and regional recovery committees
    • development of recovery plans and implementation of actions
    • approach to seeking and utilising bushfire response and recovery funding offered by Federal and State Government


    Note: The review is being undertaken to examine Wingecarribee Shire Council’s response to and recovery from the bushfires. It is not to examine emergency service responses or the State Government’s recovery arrangements.

    Recovery takes time and is different for everyone. We are all affected by disasters in our own personal way. Having someone to listen to and support you through this is very important. Check in on your friends and neighbours, and if you or someone you know needs help, reach out.

    The following are free services available 24 hours a day, seven days a week:

    Mental Health Line – 1800 011 511

    Lifeline Bushfire Recovery - 13 43 57

    Mensline - 1300 789 978

    Kids Helpline - 1800 55 1800

    Beyond Blue - 1300 22 4636

    ReFrame/You in Mind – 0455 104 104

    If you or someone you know is in immediate danger call 000.


  • 2021 Community Recovery Concert

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    On Saturday 10 April 2021 Council hosted a Community Recovery Concert for our bushfire affected community.

    The event featured performances by Justice Crew, Mahalia Barnes and her band the Soul Mates, Jess and Matt from the X Factor and local performers Michelle Cashman and Bald and the Beautiful.

    In addition to the onstage music the afternoon featured roaming entertainers, jumping castles and food vans.

    Wingecarribee Shire’s Community Recovery Concert was proudly funded by the NSW Government in association with Council.

  • Bushfire Community Recovery and Resilience Small Grants Program

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    Round 3 of the Bushfire Recovery and Resilience (BCRR) Small Grants Program will open for applications on Monday 3 May at 9am and will close at 4pm on Monday 24 May 2021.

    The program will provide financial support for small scale community-led recovery and resilience projects and events. Not for profit community organisations and associations based in the Wingecarribee Local Government Area can apply for one-off grants of $2,000 - $10,000. The program has a total value of $85,000.

    The aim of the BCRR Small Grants Program is to support bushfire impacted communities:

    • in the process of social recovery, with a focus on health and wellbeing
    • provide opportunity for community connection
    • strengthen community resilience.


    Applications will be via the SmartyGrants portal.

    The Grant Guidelines and application can be accessed here



  • Beating The Bushfires

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    Prevention and Detection of Suicide and Mental Illness for Frontline Workers and Community Members

    Dokotela Psychiatry, in collaboration with Community Links Wellbeing and SWS Primary Health Network, will be hosting a FREE Webinar for frontline workers and the community from areas affected by the 2019-2020 bushfires.

    The webinar will cover the following topics:

    The impacts of traumatic stress

    • Resources to help yourself, family and friends suffering after a traumatic event
    • How to identify people at risk of suicide or suffering emotional disturbance
    • How to encourage your family member, friend or colleague to seek help
    • What you should do if someone expresses suicidal intent

    WEBINAR: Community Members

    WHEN: Tuesday 4th May 2021 at 6pm

    Register here

    WEBINAR: Frontline Workers

    When: Tuesday 18th May 2021 at 6pm

    Register here


    If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to reach out on swsphn@dokotela.com.au or contact Emma on 0412 757 258.

  • Community Recovery Concert

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    Saturday, 10 April 2021 | 03:30 PM to 08:30 PM

    We will be holding a FREE Community Recovery Concert to bring joy and community re-connection, in acknowledgement of the long recovery process on the back of the bush fires of 2019/20.

    The concert will feature:

    • Mahalia Barnes
    • X Factor Finalists ‘Matt & Jess’
    • Justice Crew
    • Michelle Cashman

    There will be free face painting, balloon twisting and jumping castles, with local food vans providing food available for purchase.

    A free shuttle has been organised to and from the event for residents of the Northern and Southern Villages - if you would like to reserve your seat on the bus please email communityrecovery@wsc.nsw.gov.au or call 02 4868 0888.

    Gates open at 3.30pm with the concert to finish around 8.30pm.

    Book your tickets at https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/community-recovery-concert-tickets-147213061229

  • Community Recovery Workshops Response

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    In October 2020, Council delivered Bushfire Recovery Community Workshops in partnership with Resilience NSW. The workshops were an opportunity for conversation about what is needed now to support recovery and to help build community resilience.

    Click here to view a summary of the key themes coming out of the workshops, what we heard from communities about recovery needs and how Council has been responding.

  • Stories Toward Regeneration

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    The Stories Toward Regeneration project is a series of wellbeing and creative workshops that will utilise the experiences of participants to tell a story. The creative works can take on any common medium such as poetry, painting, spoken word – you will be guided to choose. Observers who do not wish to create are also welcome. At the completion of this project, the finished works will sit on a dedicated interactive website.


    To book a place and find out more information about this workshop please follow this link or call 0408 617 143.

    https://www.yoursaywingecarribee.com.au/52173/widgets/278917/documents/197270

  • Stories To Heal Us

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    "Stories to Heal Us” is an intentionally designed therapeutic art workshop created in response to the needs of the people within the Wingecarribee LGA in the wake of the devastating Green Wattle Creek and Morton Bushfires, followed shortly by the whirlwind of COVID-19 restrictions.

    Come together in a creative space to tell your unique story and heal from the impact of the 2020 bushfires. You will be guided to explore your story through written word, art or spoken word.

    All materials will be provided, along with refreshments to nourish us!

    No prior experience is needed to participate in the workshops and we welcome all community members, as well as families to come together, as we know there is a story in all of you worth sharing.

    To book a place at this workshop please contact Wildflower Holisitic Services on 02 4684 1080 or info@wildflowerholisticservices.com .

  • Opportunity to have bushfire-generated green waste cleaned up and processed

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    Properties identified by Council as being potentially eligible to qualify for the EPA’s Bushfire-Generated Green Waste Clean-Up and Processing Program are being contacted by mail and email. This initiative expects to manage tonnes of waste generated by the bushfires, including green waste that would otherwise present significant environmental, safety and bushfire risk including remaining bushfire affected hazardous trees.

    To be considered for the green waste program you must meet guidelines, and return the Consent to Enter form. You can fill in the PDF form or print, sign and photograph to email it back to bushfiregrant@wsc.nsw.gov.au

    The program requires:

    • consent to allow our contract arborists to rapidly assess a property for eligibility between 15 February and 19 March 2021, and
    • a report back to the EPA by Council to seek funding for the greenwaste to be removed from the property.

    Unfortunately Council is working to a short time frame provided by the EPA to do the inspections and report back, so we appreciate your prompt response on this matter. Click here to read the letter and form.

    To register your interest please quickly complete and return the form by 12 March 2021 via email to bushfiregrant@wsc.nsw.gov.au. If you have any questions please call 02 4868 0888 or send an email to bushfiregrant@wsc.nsw.gov.au.

Page last updated: 19 August 2021, 13:54