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.

Updated 12 October 2020


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.

Updated 12 October 2020


  • Legal Advice

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    12 Feb 2020
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    Legal Aid NSW has launched the Disaster Response Legal Service NSW, which offers free legal help to people affected by the fires.

    Individuals, households and business people can call a single hotline for legal advice from the Disaster Response Legal Service, from which they will be referred to an appropriate lawyer – whether they’re from Legal Aid or the private legal profession.

    Call the Disaster Response Legal Service NSW on 1800 801 529.


  • Dress for Success

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    12 Feb 2020
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    Dress for Success is sending out bushfire relief packages, to women who are in need of clothing. The packs are tailored to each individual with correct sizing, work type, individual needs and lifestyle requirements.

    You can email info@dfssydney.org to arrange a pack.

    For further information visit: www.sydney.dressforsuccess.org/about-us/


  • Animal Welfare Assistance Due to Fires

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    13 Feb 2020

    The NSW Department of Primary Industries (DPI) and Local Land Services NSW provide assistance to landholders and communities with animal (livestock particularly) welfare-related issues including:

    • Emergency fodder
    • Emergency stock water (where there is an immediate animal welfare concern)
    • Animal assessment and veterinary assistance
    • Stock euthanasia and burial
    • Livestock feeding and management advice
    • Care of animals in evacuation centres


    Bush fire affected landholders are urged to call the Agricultural and Animal Services Hotline on 1800 814 647.

    Download assistance factsheet for bushfire affected landholders.

    www.wsc.nsw.gov.au/uploads/3768/assistance-factsheet-for-bushfire-affected-landholders-191119.pdf


    Native Animals

    Council has updated its Wildlife Care webpage with important information and links for native animal care and actions following a bushfire.

    Pets and Companion Animals

    For concerns about pets, and companion animals please also contact 1800 814 647.

    www.ses.nsw.gov.au/get-ready-animals/get-ready-animals-splash-page/get-ready-animals/


  • Support for Site Clean-up and Rebuild

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    12 Feb 2020

    Bushfire Generated Waste Disposal

    The RRC is currently waiving the EPA levy for bushfire generated waste to assist residents in the clean up effort. Customers must provide proof of residence at the gate, at which time the load will also be inspected to ensure it is bushfire generated waste only and that the customer resides in a bushfire affected zone.

    As part of a collaborative arrangement between Wingecarribee and Wollondilly Councils, Wollondilly is also extending their free waste drop-off service at Bargo Waste Management Centre to bushfire affected residents in Balmoral and Wingecarribee Council’s part of Buxton.

    The free waste disposal service will be operational until Friday 28 February 2020.

    To be eligible for the free service, residents must bring a copy of their letter received from Council, and proof of their residential address, such as a driver’s licence or a rates notice. All loads will be inspected.

    Site Clean Up and Rebuild

    The NSW Government is coordinating the clean-up of NSW residences and businesses impacted by the NSW bushfires. This includes both insured and uninsured properties.

    Public Works Advisory (PWA), in consultation with property owners, is leading the clean-up effort with insurers, local government and contractors, to ensure that properties are efficiently and safely cleared.

    The clean-up of bushfire impacted properties may include:


    • Containment and removal of asbestos and other contaminated materials released as a result of bushfire
    • Removal of all dangerous debris including destroyed material and hazard trees
    • Removal of concrete slab foundations


    Testing will be carried out on all properties to ensure communities already impacted by fire are not exposed to contamination, and workers are not exposed to any hazardous materials. Work will begin once fire grounds are declared safe by the Rural Fire Service.

    Note: The cost of clearing properties will not be deducted from the funds available under insurance policies.

    The NSW Government has provided funding to help cover the cost of clean-up's for both insured and uninsured properties;


    • If your property is insured; the insurance company will arrange for the clean-up. The insurance provider should be contacted and provided with your claim number to request an assessment and to commence the clean-up process
    • If your property is uninsured, the Public Works Advisory will arrange for the clean-up of fire affected properties including ‘cleaning up’ (removal of debris / remediating to a point where the property is habitable i.e. safe to return) of the property and immediately adjacent outbuildings. The NSW Public Works Advisory can be contacted on 1800 88 55 39.


    Some properties will have received a Hazard Identification Notice indicating that hazards including exposed electrical wiring, fallen branches, unsafe trees or asbestos contamination may have been identified on the property. In this case, only return to your property when you have been given approval by the NSW Public Works Advisory to do so.

    When you do return to your property, even where there is no such sign displayed, there may still be hazards on your property. Please ensure you wear a P2 face mask, which can filter out very fine particles from the air. If the Hazard Identification Notice indicates the presence of asbestos is suspected on your property, you should get further information from the Public Works Advisory on 1800 88 55 39.

    Please note that asbestos waste must be removed by a licensed contractor and disposed of at a facility that is licensed to accept the waste. This may include the Resource Recovery Centre located at Berrima Road, Moss Vale and the private waste operator at Kiama Street, Bowral.

    For additional support and information regarding the clean up and rebuild, please download the factsheet below:

    www.wsc.nsw.gov.au/uploads/3768/1.-support-for-site-clean-up-and-rebuild_9jan2020.pdf

    Owners of Business/ Commercial Premises

    Please register with your details. The government is working through the eligibility criteria and will contact you when the specifics are finalised. If you are insured, also speak with your insurer.

    Land Title Searches and Plan Images

    NSW Land Registry Services is supplying landholders affected by the recent bushfires, with free access to title searches and plan images of their property.

    Property searches and plans can assist landholders with insurance claims and development applications to council, as well as provide peace of mind regarding land ownership following natural disasters.

    If you have been affected by the recent bushfires and would benefit from access to land and property information from the land titles register, please call our Contact Centre on 1300 396 076 or (02) 8776 3575 and they can discuss how best to assist you.

    Fire Retardants and Private Water Sources

    www.health.nsw.gov.au/environment/factsheets/Pages/fire-retardants.aspx

    www.wsc.nsw.gov.au/uploads/3768/nsw-frs-use-of-fire-retardants.pdf

    Refill of Dams used by Firefighters

    The Agriculture and Animal Services Functional Area (DPI & LLS) will facilitate the replacement of water used by firefighting agencies (e.g RFS) where there is an immediate animal welfare need.

    If you require emergency water, contact the Agriculture & Animal Services Hotline on 1800 814 647 to register your request.


  • Community Recovery Information

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    11 Feb 2020
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    Read the latest newsletter from the NSW Office of Emergency Management, containing recovery information for people impacted by the bushfires in the Hunter, Greater Sydney, Blue Mountains, Southern Highlands and South East NSW regions.

    www.emergency.nsw.gov.au/Pages/for-the-community/disaster-assistance/recovery-newsletters.aspx

  • Bushfire Management

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    12 Feb 2020

    As a member of the Wingecarribee Bushfire Management Committee and a local authority under the Rural Fires Act, Wingecarribee Shire Council is working closely with the Rural Fire Service and Fire and Rescue NSW to develop a strategic approach to fire management across the Wingecarribee Shire.

    Of the 270,000 hectares covered by the Wingecarribee Bushfire Management Committee:

    1% is managed by Council

    33% is managed by National Parks and Wildlife Service

    7% is managed by Forests NSW

    3% is managed by Department of Lands

    54% is in private ownership and

    2% is managed by others.

    Fire Mitigation Activities

    Wingecarribee Shire Council has a high level of commitment to bushfire management.

    Council implements measures to mitigate the impact of bushfire on the community and offers significant support to the emergency services during emergency events.

    Fire mitigation activities performed by Council include:

    • Implementation of Councils Bushfire Management Plans for Mt Gibraltar, Gibbergunyah, Mt Alexandra and other Small Reserves.
    • Inspecting bushfire hazard complaints relating to Council managed land with the Rural Fire Service and installation of and maintenance of Asset Protection Zones.
    • An ongoing program of fuel reduction works on Council managed land to provide greater protection for vulnerable residences.
    • Pre and Post hazard Reduction Weed Control.
    • Track and Firetrail maintenance.
    • Community education.
    For more information please visit www.wsc.nsw.gov.au/environment/bushfire-management