Bushfire Recovery News and Updates

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Our bushfire recovery page was created to support those in the Orara Valley, and other communities within our local government area, as they recover from the November 2019 bushfires.


There is a range of assistance available for local households, businesses, industries and landholders.

Coffs Harbour City Council is working in collaboration with the emergency services, State and Federal government agencies, charities and others to deliver this assistance.

Service NSW Bushfire Customer Care Service

For people impacted by bushfire, the NSW Bushfire Customer Care Service will help you navigate the support and financial assistance that's available across all levels of government

Our bushfire recovery page was created to support those in the Orara Valley, and other communities within our local government area, as they recover from the November 2019 bushfires.


There is a range of assistance available for local households, businesses, industries and landholders.

Coffs Harbour City Council is working in collaboration with the emergency services, State and Federal government agencies, charities and others to deliver this assistance.

Service NSW Bushfire Customer Care Service

For people impacted by bushfire, the NSW Bushfire Customer Care Service will help you navigate the support and financial assistance that's available across all levels of government.

Service NSW provides one-on-one support for people and businesses.

They can help with:

  • Accommodation advice
  • Relevant charitable services
  • Mental health and wellbeing services
  • Support for businesses
  • Clean-up services
  • Financial assistance
  • Grants and rebates
  • Insurance and legal support
  • Replacing lost ID
  • Volunteer RFS and SES payments.

Call 13 77 88 or visit the Service NSW website to register for a callback.

Community Consultation

This page will be used periodically for community consultation to learn what ideas our community may have for recovery and to find ways to improve disaster management in future events.

As of April 2020, Council has undertaken a series of community consultations with Orara Valley
residents and the broader community to inform the development of the proposed Program of Works for recovery including:

  • Community meetings at Nana Glen Community Hall on 28 January 2020 and 11 March 2020
  • A ‘Have Your Say’ survey on this page which received 42 responses
  • Telephone and in-person interviews with Nana Glen residents and Orara Valley businesses

Feedback has also been consolidated by the Acting Community Recovery Officer and from the community-led Orara Valley Bushfire Recovery Working Group

Additionally, Council has consulted internally and with the NSW Rural Fire Service.

'Sign Up' on this page to stay informed on further opportunities for consultation as well as community recovery updates.

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  • Kids Christmas Workshop

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    01 Dec 2020
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    Come and enjoy a fun filled workshop creating natural Christmas decorations and wreaths. In the evening take a walk with your family to see the Christmas light display at the Botanic Gardens.

    When: Saturday 5th December 2020

    Where: North Coast Regional Botanic Gardens, Coff St & Hardacre Street, Coffs Harbour

    Workshop Bookings Essential: Session One: 12pm- 2pm OR Session Two: 3pm - 5pm

    Welcome ages 5 - 10 / $6 per person / Book online through 'book now'.

    All proceeds will go towards supporting the Children's Environmental Education Garden, at the North Coast Regional Botanic Gardens. For more information, please contact Prosper Coffs Harbour on admin@prospercoffs.org.au. All COVID regulations will be undertaken to ensure a safe event for participants.

  • Hotspots Fire Project - Community Information Session

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    25 Nov 2020
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    About this Event

    Hotspots Fire Project - Community Information Session

    Hotspots is an award winning program which provides landholders and land managers with the skills and knowledge to actively participate in fire management for the protection of life and property, while at the same time ensuring healthy productive landscapes in which biodiversity is protected and maintained.

    Based on best available science and operational knowledge, Hotspots understand that well-informed and well-prepared communities complement the roles of land managers and fire agencies. A shared approach to fire management is critical to any form of planning.

    The Hotspots team will be running an information session in Nana Glen for people who are interested to find out more and potentially participate in the program in 2021.

    When: Saturday December 5

    Where: Nana Glen Community Hall

    Time: 10.00 am - 11.00 am


    IMPORTANT: To ensure this is a COVID safe event, registration is required for all people attending.

    To register please click here

    For enquiries please contact Melinda Brooks on 0417 828 591

    This free event is supported by the Coffs Harbour City Council Bushfire Recovery Program.

  • The Men's Health Project

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    25 Nov 2020
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    A health conference just for men. The day will include guest speakers, lunch, general health check and a social game of footy.

    About this Event

    Join other blokes for a health conference focusing on men's health, lifestyle approach to wellness, perspective and resilience and the idea of being tough.

    The day will include four guest speakers, a general health check, lunch and an opportunity to catch-up with mates for a social game of footy.

    Guest Speakers:

    Duncan Marchant - Owner of Coffs Coast Health Club, survivor of the 2003 Canberra bushfires

    • Learning how to restart, rebuild and recover after bushfire.
    • Re-experiencing fire in 2019.
    • Health, exercise and resilience.

    Jeremy Holder - Former Army medic, Intensive Care Ambulance Officer, Managing Director TacMed Australia, 2020 Prime Minister's Award

    • Perspective and Resilience.
    • Jeremy also suffered testicular cancer and will discuss health cancers and his approach to cancer and health.

    Gus Wilson - Owner of Jolly Roger Barber Bar, Army veteran, rugby coach and marriage celebrant

    • The idea of “being tough” and seeing warning signs to seek help.
    • Men’s mental health and reasons why looking after yourself is important for you and those who support you.

    Dr Rosie Ross - Northside Health, Coffs Harbour

    • Common concerns for men’s health.
    • Lifestyle and holistic approach to wellness.
    • Mental wellbeing and how to use lifestyle choices as life management.
    • Dr Rosie unplugged - Q&A.

    General Health Check: Blood pressure, weight, blood glucose test, body scan check and breathing techniques.

    Enjoy lunch and the day with a social game of footy.

    When: Sunday December 13

    Where: Nana Glen Community Hall

    Time: 8.30 am - 2.00 pm


    IMPORTANT: To ensure this is a COVID safe event, registration is required for all people attending.


    To register please click here

    For enquiries please contact Melinda Brooks on 0417 828 591

    This free event is supported by the Coffs Harbour City Council Bushfire Recovery Program.

  • Bushfire Landscape Recovery Support Workshop

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    18 Nov 2020
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    Topics to be presented:

    • Weed species ID and control,
    • Native flora rehabilitation
    • Plant back species including fire retardant species
    • Erosion control

    The workshop is aimed at raising awareness and restoration efforts to assist native vegetation in growing back, while also improving soil quality, preventing erosion, and controlling invasive species - which can be particularly aggressive after forest fires without intervention. A restoration ecologist will demonstrate skills and knowledge in natural area management issues and on-ground practices in fire affected landscape.

    When: Saturday 12th December

    Time: 9.00 am -11.00 am

    Location: Ellems Quarry Rd TSR, Nana Glen

    For further details and to register for the workshop contact:

    Mick at Envite Environment on 6650 9170 or 0428 665 061 or mickw@envite.org.au

    This is a COVID Safe event and numbers are restricted.

    This project is funded by the Coffs Harbour City Council Bushfire Recovery Program in partnership with Envite Environment and Nana Glen Land Care.




  • Grants to Support the Delivery of Bushfire Recovery Projects for Wildlife and Their Habitat

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    13 Nov 2020

    Bushfire Recovery for Wildlife and Habitat Community Grants Program

    The Bushfire Recovery for Wildlife and Habitat Community Grants Program supports local community groups to deliver bushfire recovery activities for native flora and fauna supporting broader long-term recovery and resilience.

    Close date: 27 Nov 2020 05:00 PM AEDT.

    What do you get?

    Grants from $5,000 to $150,000

    Who is this for?

    Community and environment groups, Traditional Owners, Indigenous Organisations and Indigenous businesses.

    Overview

    The objectives of this grant opportunity are to encourage recovery efforts in areas affected by the 2019-20 bushfires by:

    • supporting recovery of native flora and fauna
    • involving local communities, community groups and Traditional Owners, in delivering bushfire recovery activities for native flora and fauna.


    The program is confined to bushfire-affected areas within the eastern and southern part of Australia affected by the 2019-20 bushfires, or adjacent to an affected area.

    There is $10 million available for this grant opportunity.

    The minimum grant is $5,000 and the maximum grant is $150,000.

    You must complete your project by 1 April 2022.

    How do you apply?

    You should read the grant opportunity guidelines and sample grant agreement before you apply.

    To apply, you must submit your application through the online portal. You’ll need to set up an account when you first log into the portal. The portal allows you to apply for and manage a grant or service in a secure online environment.

    Apply Now

  • Grants Writing Webinar: Applying for Community Grants

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    09 Nov 2020
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    Have you got a great idea for building the resilience or supporting the mental health recovery of your community? The NSW Government's Bushfire Local Economic Recovery (BLER) Fund supports the economic and social recovery at a local and regional level in areas impacted by the 2019-2020 bushfires.

    Red Cross has extensive experience writing successful grant applications and we want to share our knowledge and skills with you to help you best succeed. Wednesday 11th November 2020 - 10:00am ADST

    Online via Zoom – to register: https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_Jd-dh2T5TfanA-3U7EKV0w

    Please send any questions through to recovery@redcross.org.au

  • Cinema at Coramaba Community Hall

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    21 Oct 2020
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    For over 50 years, country music legend Slim Dusty and his wife, Joy McKean trail-blazed their way across Australia, creating a musical legacy that to this day continues to entertain and inspire. Theirs is perhaps one of the greatest partnerships in Australian music history.

    Slim & I is a feature documentary that tells the incredible story of that partnership and of the brilliant woman who lived beside, rather than behind, the legend – Australia’s own Queen of Country Music, Joy McKean.

    When: Friday 30 October

    Where: Coramba Community Hall- 4 Dorrigo St.

    Cost: $12 includes film snack pack

    RSVP: 35 Capacity – Book essential www.jettytheatre.com Maximum group booking of 6.

    Seating will be allocated on arrival for COVID-19 contact tracing.

    Times: 2pm & 7pm

    Licensed bar available, please note this is a cashless event, eftpos will be available.

    This event is supported by the Bushfire Recovery Program.

  • Cinema at Eastern Dorrigo Community Hall

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    21 Oct 2020
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    For over 50 years, country music legend Slim Dusty and his wife, Joy McKean trail-blazed their way across Australia, creating a musical legacy that to this day continues to entertain and inspire. Theirs is perhaps one of the greatest partnerships in Australian music history.

    Slim & I is a feature documentary that tells the incredible story of that partnership and of the brilliant woman who lived beside, rather than behind, the legend – Australia’s own Queen of Country Music, Joy McKean.

    When: Saturday 31 October

    Where: Coramba Community Hall- 6 Pine Av, Ulong.

    Cost: $15 includes film snack pack

    RSVP: 80 Capacity – Book essential www.jettytheatre.com Maximum group booking of 6.

    Seating will be allocated on arrival for COVID-19 contact tracing.

    Times: 6.30pm

    Licensed bar available, please note this is a cashless event, eftpos will be available.

    This event is supported by the Bushfire Recovery Program.

  • Creative Recovery Projects: The Bushfires

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    21 Oct 2020
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    The Bushfires Exhibition showcases the extraordinary artworks that emerged from an arts-based, creative recovery project with Nana Glen, Ulong and Coramba Primary schools, alongside other creative responses to the 2019/2020 summer bushfires.

    Exhibition Dates: 27 Oct -14 Nov

    Open: Tues – Sat 10 am – 4 pm

    Location: Cultural Hub, Level 1 Coffs Central Shopping Centre

    Image credit: Class 5/6 Nana Glen Primary School

  • Rural Adversity Mental Health Program (RAMHP) Community Support Skills Training

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    01 Oct 2020
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    The Rural Adversity Mental Health Program (RAMHP) will be running a second Community Support Skills workshop with Orry Berry and Samantha Osborne.

    Community Support Skills training, develops the skills, knowledge and confidence of participants to identify and approach people they are concerned about, and provide appropriate advice to connect those people with mental health services and support. Participants are also encouraged to practice self-care and to seek help if they have any concerns about their own mental wellbeing.

    This short training course is open for all members of the Nana Glen community.

    Date: Wednesday 14 October

    Time: 10.00 am to 11.30 am

    Place: Nana Glen Community Hall

    RSVP: By Friday 9 October

    Please register your interest by email melinda.brooks@chcc.nsw.gov.au or on 0417 828 591.