Bush Fire Recovery Snowy Valleys

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Our Bushfire Recovery page is here to support our community in recovery from the recent bushfires.

We will be updating this page regularly as new information becomes available so please check back.

Bushfire Recovery will not be forgotten throughout the coronavirus challenges. Council’s Recovery Team continue to work with agencies and are working hard to develop more online engagement and printed information. You can contact them at email: recovery@svc.nsw.gov.au or on 1300 275 782.

Quick reference items:

Bushfire clean up and waste management

Laing O’Rourke Australia has been appointed as the managing contractor, responsible for managing the clean-up of properties across NSW, working with Public Works Advisory (PWA).

Qualified local contractors and suppliers will be engaged, where possible, to deliver clean-up services to ensure the clean-up operation maximises local knowledge and expertise and assists local economic recovery.

Delivering these services means impacted property owners will not have to pay for debris, including potentially hazardous materials, to be removed and disposed of.

If you haven’t registered and wish to opt in please call Service NSW on 13 77 88 or visit service.nsw.gov.au.

After you’ve registered:
1. Laing O’Rourke staff will contact you to discuss the damage and assess your eligibility.
2. Laing O’Rourke staff will meet you on site.
3. You discuss and approve the scope of works.
4. The clean-up of the property will commence
5. You confirm the completion of the agreed scope of works.
Laing O’Rourke will always pre-arrange any household visits and will not turn up unannounced or demand
payment. Contact details for Laing O’Rouke 1800 007 539, nswbushfirecleanup@laingorourke.com.au
or visit their website for some useful information https://cleanup.lnbr.com.au/

For more Frequently Asked Questions about the clean up click here

To read more about the Government's announcement click here

The NSW Government and the Commonwealth are jointly covering the clean-up costs of residential and eligible commercial properties destroyed in the NSW bushfires since 1 July 2019.

Our Bushfire Recovery page is here to support our community in recovery from the recent bushfires.

We will be updating this page regularly as new information becomes available so please check back.

Bushfire Recovery will not be forgotten throughout the coronavirus challenges. Council’s Recovery Team continue to work with agencies and are working hard to develop more online engagement and printed information. You can contact them at email: recovery@svc.nsw.gov.au or on 1300 275 782.

Quick reference items:

Bushfire clean up and waste management

Laing O’Rourke Australia has been appointed as the managing contractor, responsible for managing the clean-up of properties across NSW, working with Public Works Advisory (PWA).

Qualified local contractors and suppliers will be engaged, where possible, to deliver clean-up services to ensure the clean-up operation maximises local knowledge and expertise and assists local economic recovery.

Delivering these services means impacted property owners will not have to pay for debris, including potentially hazardous materials, to be removed and disposed of.

If you haven’t registered and wish to opt in please call Service NSW on 13 77 88 or visit service.nsw.gov.au.

After you’ve registered:
1. Laing O’Rourke staff will contact you to discuss the damage and assess your eligibility.
2. Laing O’Rourke staff will meet you on site.
3. You discuss and approve the scope of works.
4. The clean-up of the property will commence
5. You confirm the completion of the agreed scope of works.
Laing O’Rourke will always pre-arrange any household visits and will not turn up unannounced or demand
payment. Contact details for Laing O’Rouke 1800 007 539, nswbushfirecleanup@laingorourke.com.au
or visit their website for some useful information https://cleanup.lnbr.com.au/

For more Frequently Asked Questions about the clean up click here

To read more about the Government's announcement click here

The NSW Government and the Commonwealth are jointly covering the clean-up costs of residential and eligible commercial properties destroyed in the NSW bushfires since 1 July 2019.

  • Recovery on the Radio - 23 July 2020

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    11 days ago

    After a short break our Recovery Officer Andrew is back on the local radio station chatting to Dave.

    To listen click here.

    Andrew speaks candidly about the impact the bushfire event and recovery role has had on him personally. After a recent counselling session Andrew says it felt really good to talk to someone and get it off his chest. The counsellor also provided some useful tools to help Andrew get a good night sleep.

    Our region has been through the biggest natural disaster in the state’s history and then we went straight into the COVID-19 pandemic. Andrew encourages others who are not feeling like themselves to talk to a professional. It’s OK not to be OK.

    Murrumbidgee Local Health District has a dedicated Bushfire Team based out of the Adelong Community Health Centre. They can be contacted on 0436 9421 00.

    Or email MLHD-BushfireRecoveryClinicians@health.nsw.gov.au


  • Bushfire Recovery Bulletin - 22 July 2020

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    13 days ago

    Welcome to this week’s Snowy Valleys Bushfire Recovery Bulletin.

    Key topics include:

    • Grant information
    • Special Disaster Grant Bushfire - Closing soon
    • Contact details for your Rural Recovery Support Service Officers
    • Senior Bushfire Recovery Officer - featured on ABC Radio
    • Batlow Caravan Park - open for visitors

    Click here to open.

  • Bushfire Recovery Enters New Phase

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    26 days ago

    Snowy Valleys Council’s focus on Bushfire Recovery is expanding in partnership with the Government’s new Rural Recovery Support Service and the National Bushfire Recovery Agency.

    Council’s Chief Executive Officer Matthew Hyde said, “We are excited to continue this community work with the additional help from the Department of Primary Industries’ Rural Recovery Support Service and the National Bushfire Recovery Agency, and see Council’s role as a vital connection point between the community and the State and Federal agencies.

    “With the additional resources now being provided by the Rural Recovery Support Service and the National Bushfire Recovery Agency, we are well placed to move to the next phase and are confident the community will have access to necessary support for immediate needs and to develop what is needed for long term community recovery,” he said.

    Click here to read the full story

  • Bushfire Recovery Bulletin - 8 July 2020

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    27 days ago

    This week's Snowy Valleys Bushfire Recovery Bulletin is out now to view click here!

    • As recovery enters a new phase we take a look back on our local recovery efforts.
    • Grant, loans and training opportunities
    • Laing O'Rourke Clean-up on target

    And your new Recovery Support Officer contact details:


  • Bushfire Recovery Bulletin - 1 July 2020

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    about 1 month ago


    Read our latest bulletin here!

    Snowy Valleys Recovery Team is growing, read all about the new team in this weeks issue.

  • Bushfire Recovery Bulletin - 24 June 2020

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    about 1 month ago

    This week’s Snowy Valleys Bushfire Recovery Bulletin is out now! To view click here!

    Key topics include:

    • Mobile Outreach Service – Join us in Tooma tomorrow and Tumbarumba on Tuesday
    • Upcoming Workshop on 7 July - Building Peace and Resilience in Bushfire Affected Communities
    • Communication with Care Workshop – 20 July
    • Minderoo Pods – Eight coming to the Snowy Valleys

    All that and more.

  • Bushfire Recovery Bulletin - 17 June 2020

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    about 2 months ago

    This week’s Snowy Valleys Bushfire Recovery Bulletin is out now!

    Key topics include:

    • Mobile Outreach Service - started up this week, all remaining locations and dates
    • Recovery Support Transition details
    • Upcoming Workshop on 7 July - Building Peace and Resilience in Bushfire Affected Communities
    • Council and Service NSW Questionnaire - Out now!
    • BlazeAid Update - Stats on their amazing volunteering efforts
    • $10,000 Grant on offer from Border Trust

    Click here to view the full Bulletin

  • Bushfire Recovery Bulletin - 10 June 2020

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    about 2 months ago

    Welcome to this week’s Snowy Valleys Bushfire Recovery Bulletin, key topics include:

    • All the dates and details for the Mobile Outreach Service that kicks off next week
    • Congratulations to our Snowy Valleys Queen's Birthday Honours recipients
    • Community Resilience Webinar
    • Council and Service NSW Questionnaire

    Click here to view the full bulletin.

  • Bushfire Recovery Bulletin - 3 June 2020

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    2 months ago

    Welcome to this week’s Snowy Valleys Bushfire Recovery Bulletin.

    Our Recovery Team are excited to announce they are hitting the road again with the Mobile Outreach Service. They will be joined by supporting agencies and would love to see you for a cuppa and a catch up.

    Plus:

    • New family accommodation pods
    • Laing O'Rourke clean-up update
    • Get Ready Award
    • Dunn's Road Bushfire Appeal
    • and Recovery with Towong Shire Council

    All that and more is just a click away.

  • New family temporary accommodation pods

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    2 months ago

    Families of five or six people can now apply for a larger recovery pod as part of Minderoo Foundation’s ongoing collaboration with the NSW government to assist communities after last summer’s disastrous bushfire season.

    The family sized pods are 40 footers which are twice the length of a standard pod and designed to fit six beds, including a double for the parents.

    The eligibility criteria is the same as the standard pods except that the family must consist of between 5-6 people.

    If this is something your family might be interested in please contact our Recovery Team to discuss the application process 1300 ASK SVC (1300 275 782) and ask for Andrew or Fiona or recovery@svc.nsw.gov.au

    To read the full NSW Government media release click here.