With fires impacting communities in the Bathurst Electorate, we know the task to repair the damage and rebuild communities is enormous; but it's one that we are committed to delivering.
The NSW Government will coordinate the clean-up of residential and commercial properties destroyed by bush fires this season, at no cost to owners, so they can start rebuilding and communities can begin healing.
Costs for clean-up will be covered by the NSW Government in partnership with the Federal Government, irrespective of whether properties are insured or uninsured. This means insured property owners will be able to use every dollar of their insurance policies towards rebuilding. For the uninsured, it's one less thing to worry about.
Clean-up work will include things like containment and removal of asbestos contaminated bush fire impacted materials, removal of all dangerous debris, including destroyed materials and hazardous trees and removal of concrete slab foundations.
I'd like to encourage all property owners wanting their property cleared, or those who have already commenced or completed clearing work through their insurer or private contractor, to call Service NSW on 13 77 88.
Further information is available at: www.service.nsw.gov.au.
Doors open for $75,000 primary producer Grant
Our farmers have been facing drought, dust storms and ferocious fires and this money is critical to keep farmers on the land and give them hope for the future.
Emergency services and volunteers, including many impacted primary producers, are outstanding in emergency situations and we need to make sure we are as vigilant in recovery as we are in the face of disaster.
January 21, 2020
The last thing people need to worry about at the moment is filling in forms. That is why we have made this a streamlined process with minimal paper work so people who need money, get money with minimal fuss.
Putting money back in people's pockets as soon as possible will allow affected communities to focus on rebuilding and repairing crucial infrastructure, treating, euthanising or burying livestock, as well as buying much-needed fodder, and for orchardists, replacing netting and trees, knowing that costs will be reimbursed up to $75,000.
This also means that primary producers who may have already accessed up to $15,000 under the scheme can now apply for additional funds, bringing the total available to $75,000.
The fires have caused significant damage to our primary producers across the state and affected everyone from beef and lamb producers, horticulturists, dairy farmers, apiarists and oyster growers.
This support will bring some much needed relief and help put people on the path to recovery.
The Special Disaster Grant is administered through the NSW Rural Assistance Authority (RAA) and available to eligible, fire-affected primary producers within Category C declared Local Government Areas (LGAs) since August 31, 2019.
To apply for the Special Disaster Grant visit www.raa.nsw.gov.au or call 1800 678 593 to speak to the RAA. Service NSW Service Centres are able to assist producers with information.
This assistance is provided through a joint Disaster Recovery Funding Arrangement between states and territories and the Commonwealth Government.
For a full list of Category C declared LGAs please visit www.raa.nsw.gov.au/disaster-assistance/disaster-recovery-grants/bushfires.
Australia Day is a day when we all come together as a nation to celebrate our country and what it means to be an Australian. It's the day for us to re-commit to making Australia an even better place for the future. From our diverse landscape, to our multicultural society Australia day is a chance to celebrate what makes you an Australian!
It is a chance to take pride in our country, our people and our achievements. Australia Day is so much more than a barbeque. It is not just another public holiday. It is a day that is driven by our citizens, by our communities, large and small - coming together in celebration of what is so great and wonderful about Australia and being an Australian.
This is the day which highlights to each of us the foundations of who we are and how we plan our future. There are many events planned throughout all communities in the Electorate and I urge everyone to attend and celebrate what is ultimately their day.
This is a time for each of us to reflect on what we have achieved and what we can be proud of in our great nation.