Bush Fire Recovery Snowy Valleys

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Our Bushfire Recovery page is here to support our community in recovery from the Black Summer Bushfires.

Recovery has entered a new phase and Department of Primary Industries (DPI) and the National Bushfire Recovery Agency are now supporting individuals during their recovery journey. Council’s Community Recovery Officer will continue to coordinate and facilitate projects, activities and events for the community that will contribute to our region’s recovery, and build community resilience and future disaster preparedness. Our Community Recovery Officer is a vital connection point between State and Federal agencies, Council and the community.

Your new DPI team specialises in helping agriculture, farming and small communities grow and thrive. The team are focused on giving one-on-one support and will be available for individual and business needs. They can help identify and prepare grants, connect you to other service providers in the region, and assist with business recovery.

Snowy Valleys Recovery Officer Contact Details:

  • Mary Hoodless (Jingellic, Khancoban & Tooma) E: dpimaryhoodless@outlook.com - P: 0417 896 893
  • Janelle Jenkins (Talbingo, Yaven Creek, Adelong & Batlow) - E: Janelle.jenkins@dpi.nsw.gov.au - P: 0407 910 221
  • Charles Roche (Batlow & Tumbarumba - E: Charles.roche@dpi.nsw.gov.au - P: 0417 537 591

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Bushfire clean up and waste management

Laing O’Rourke was engaged by the NSW Government in late January 2020 to accelerate the clean-up of fire damaged properties across the State.

At the end July, direct responsibility of site clean-ups was handed back to Public Works Advisory who will lead efforts on the next stage of the NSW and Federal Government funded bushfire clean-up program.

It is important to note, registrations are still open Anyone can register by calling 13 77 88 or visiting https://www.service.nsw.gov.au/transaction/register-opt-nsw-bushfire-clean.

As at 17 August 2020, 302 of the 303 eligible Snowy Valleys properties registered for the NSW and Federal Governments free clean-up have been cleared.


Our Bushfire Recovery page is here to support our community in recovery from the Black Summer Bushfires.

Recovery has entered a new phase and Department of Primary Industries (DPI) and the National Bushfire Recovery Agency are now supporting individuals during their recovery journey. Council’s Community Recovery Officer will continue to coordinate and facilitate projects, activities and events for the community that will contribute to our region’s recovery, and build community resilience and future disaster preparedness. Our Community Recovery Officer is a vital connection point between State and Federal agencies, Council and the community.

Your new DPI team specialises in helping agriculture, farming and small communities grow and thrive. The team are focused on giving one-on-one support and will be available for individual and business needs. They can help identify and prepare grants, connect you to other service providers in the region, and assist with business recovery.

Snowy Valleys Recovery Officer Contact Details:

  • Mary Hoodless (Jingellic, Khancoban & Tooma) E: dpimaryhoodless@outlook.com - P: 0417 896 893
  • Janelle Jenkins (Talbingo, Yaven Creek, Adelong & Batlow) - E: Janelle.jenkins@dpi.nsw.gov.au - P: 0407 910 221
  • Charles Roche (Batlow & Tumbarumba - E: Charles.roche@dpi.nsw.gov.au - P: 0417 537 591

Quick reference items:

Bushfire clean up and waste management

Laing O’Rourke was engaged by the NSW Government in late January 2020 to accelerate the clean-up of fire damaged properties across the State.

At the end July, direct responsibility of site clean-ups was handed back to Public Works Advisory who will lead efforts on the next stage of the NSW and Federal Government funded bushfire clean-up program.

It is important to note, registrations are still open Anyone can register by calling 13 77 88 or visiting https://www.service.nsw.gov.au/transaction/register-opt-nsw-bushfire-clean.

As at 17 August 2020, 302 of the 303 eligible Snowy Valleys properties registered for the NSW and Federal Governments free clean-up have been cleared.


  • Landholder Spring Breakfast Sessions

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    08 Oct 2020
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    Riverina Local Land Services are hosting a series of workshops for bushfire affected landholders in the Snowy Valleys Council region this October.

    The workshops will provide landholders with information to support their recovery journey. including environmental and pasture restoration, regaining livestock productivity, and strengthening ongoing producers welfare and resilience.

    Breakfast from 7:30am - workshops will run from 8am to 10:30am. To register visit https://www.lls.nsw.gov.au/regions/riverina/events

    Dates and locations for workshops are:

    • Ellerslie/Yaven Creek - Tuesday 13 October
    • Oberne/Westbrook - Wednesday 14 October
    • Batlow - Thursday 15 October

    For more information contact Martin Preuss on 0455 729 318 or martin.preuss@lls.nsw.gov.au.

  • Pathway to rebuilding

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    24 Sep 2020
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    For many the next step in the bushfire recovery journey is building your new home.

    The rebuilding process can be daunting and to achieve a streamlined, fast development process, Council recommends you engage the services of a suitably qualified building consultant/designer to put your application together for you.

    These steps are designed to help better understand process. We've put together some FAQs based on these steps to view click here.

    1. View any plans Council may hold that relate to your property
    2. Engage the services of a building consultant/designer to draw up new plans
    3. Download the Single Dwelling Self Assessment Kit from the RFS website to find out what Bushfire requirements will apply to your new building
    4. Arrange a Pre-lodgement meeting with Council to discuss your proposed application
    5. Lodge your Development Application (DA)
    6. Receive approval via a Development Consent and Construction Certificate
    7. Rebuild to specifications and critical stage inspections
    8. Receive your final occupation certificate as the last step in the building process

    We're here to help

    If you have any questions regarding the rebuild process, Council is here to help you. Please reach out to our Community Recovery Officer or our expert planning team on 1300 275 782 (1300 ASK SVC) or info@svc.nsw.gov.au

  • Bushfire Recovery Bulletin - 16 September 2020

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    Read the latest edition of Snowy Valley Bushfire Recovery Bulletin click here



  • Red Cross Grants - Closing Soon

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    RED CROSS GRANTS CLOSE 30 SEPTEMBER 2020

    Red Cross has financial assistance available for bushfire-affected people in financial hardship.

    The cash grants available are:

    • Emergency grant for people who have lost their homes.

    A $20,000 payment to support people whose primary place of residence was destroyed.

    • Injury grant for people who were hospitalised due to the fires.

    A payment of $7,500 or $15,000 for people who have spent two days or more in hospital as a result of physical injuries or mental health issues as a direct result of bushfires. The full payment of $15,000 is available for people who meet the eligibility criteria and have additional out-of-pocket medical costs that exceed or are likely to exceed $7,500.

    • Primary residence repair grant for home owner-occupiers whose homes have been structurally damaged. This includes destruction or damage to critical private water, septic and/or power infrastructure.

    A total of $10,000 for home owner-occupiers whose homes have been structurally damaged and require repair to make them safe to live in or return to.

    Eligibility for this grant has been extended to include destruction or damage to critical private water, septic and/or power infrastructure attached to your primary place of residence and located on your property.

    • Re-establishment grant to help people who lost their primary place of residence – house, caravan or mobile home, whether owned or rented – to have somewhere safe to live.

    A grant to help people who lost their primary place of residence in the bushfires to have somewhere safe to live in the medium-to-long term. It is open to home owners whose primary place of residence was destroyed, people who were renting homes that were destroyed, and people who were living in non-permanent structures such as caravans or mobile homes that were destroyed in the fires. Home owner-occupiers are eligible for a total of $40,000 (this amount has increased from $30,000). People who were renting homes that were destroyed, or were living in non-permanent structures are eligible for a total of $10,000.

    HOW TO APPLY

    Before you start your application, please have a photo or scan of the following documents ready:

    • Evidence of your identity such as a driver licence (all applicants)
    • Proof of residence such as a utility bill or rent receipt (tenants, caravans or mobile homes)
    • Proof of home ownership such as such as a rates notice, loan document or title (owner-occupiers)
    • Details for a financial transfer such a recent bank statement showing BSB and account details (all applicants).

    If your documents have been damaged or lost in the fires and cannot be replaced, please phone 1800 RED CROSS (1800 733 276).

    Applications can be lodged on line https://www.redcross.org.au/get-help/emergencies/recovering-from-emergencies/grants by 30th September 2020

    If you need assistance, please contact Red Cross grants team on 1800 RED CROSS (1800 733 276)

  • Bushfire Recovery Bulletin - 2 September 2020

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    The latest edition of Snowy Valleys Bushfire Recovery Bulletin is jam packed with great stories including:

    • OzHarvest return to Batlow and Tumbarumba tomorrow! Fresh fruit and vegetables for residents doing it tough
    • Recovery Event for Primary Producers in Jingellic tomorrow and Tooma next Thursday
    • Generators for community organisations and individuals - apply now!
    • Tumbarumba Drop-in Session - an informal catch up for all residents - Wednesday 16 September

    For all that and more click here!


  • Bushfire Recovery Bulletin - 19 August 2020

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    19 Aug 2020
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    The latest edition of Snowy Valleys Bushfire Recovery Bulletin is jam packed with great stories including:

    • Generators for community organisations and individuals - apply now!
    • Batlow Drop-in Session - an informal catch up for all residents - Wednesday 26 August
    • OzHarvest in Batlow and Courabyra tomorrow! Fresh fruit and vegetables for residents doing it tough
    • Congratulations and thank you to Dave and the team at Sounds of the Mountains!
    • Roadside clean-up continues
    • A chance to share your story to help improve bushfire safety in NSW
    • Plus contact details for your Snowy Valleys Rural Recovery Support Officer's

    To open the Bulletin click here!

  • Bushfire Recovery Bulletin - 5 August 2020

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    05 Aug 2020
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    The latest edition of Snowy Valleys Bushfire Recovery Bulletin is out now!

    Key topics include:

    • Giving back to charity
    • A chance to share your story to help improve bushfire safety in NSW
    • Clean-up figures from Laing O'Rourke
    • The one grant most farmers don't know about
    • Plus contact details for your Snowy Valleys Rural Recovery Support Officer's

    Click here to open the Bulletin.

  • SHARE YOUR STORY TO HELP IMPROVE BUSHFIRE SAFETY

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    05 Aug 2020
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    Researchers from the Bushfire and Natural Hazards Cooperate Research Centre (BNHCRC) and the University of Wollongong want to hear about your experiences, actions you may have taken to plan and prepare and how you responded to warnings and the bushfires, whether you were directly or indirectly affected.

    The team are undertaking independent research into community preparedness and responses to the 2019-20 bushfires in New South Wales. The research is funded by the New South Wales Rural Fire Service and the results will be presented to the RFS. The findings from the study will be used to inform strategies to improve community bushfire safety in NSW.

    Research will be conducted throughout fire affected areas in NSW, with ten key areas identified, including areas within the Snowy Valleys Council, such as Tumbarumba and Batlow.

    More information is available on the Bushfire and Natural Hazards website - click here.

    Or to register your interest to participate click here.

  • Bushfire Recovery Bulletin - 22 July 2020

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    22 Jul 2020
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    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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    09 Jul 2020
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    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