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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  • 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.

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  • Bushfire Recovery Grants Program

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    18 Aug 2020
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    The Bushfire Recovery Grants Program is an initiative delivered by Coffs Harbour City Council funded by the Commonwealth through the Disaster Recovery Funding Arrangement. Fire affected landholders in the Coffs Harbour local government area are now able to get support through this project to carry out environmental recovery actions on their property. Coffs Harbour Regional Landcare, Orara Valley Rivercare Groups and Envite Environment have been engaged by Council to manage these environmental recovery efforts.

    The bushfires that occurred in the Coffs Harbour local government area in 2019, had a significant impact on the local biodiversity across a number of areas. The loss of vegetation in these fire affected areas has had significant impact on the local wildlife. This project aims to support fire affected landholders to carry out environmental recovery actions on their properties, to restore native vegetation that was lost in the fires and protect the remaining remnant vegetation to provide refuge and habitat for displaced wildlife.

    If you are a landholder whose property was affected by fire and would like support with environmental recovery actions or if your property was not affected but you are directly adjacent to a burnt area and have remnant vegetation that could be a valuable wildlife refuge, please click here and fill in the Expression of Interest Form.

    Please complete the form by September 20th 2020. We will then contact you in late September 2020 regarding your Expression of Interest.

    If you have any questions please contact Samantha Hessey at Samantha.Hessey@chcc.nsw.gov.au or 0407849 439.

  • Small Healthy Farms Biosecurity on the North Coast - Part 1

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    30 Aug 2020
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    Part One - Animal Health and Managing Pest Animals

    Running a small farm or bush block can involve a lot more than you may think. Preventing the introduction and spread of diseases, pests and weeds onto your land are one of the most important things a landholder can do, and there are many factors that play into your decision making.

    Come along to this FREE webinar to learn about weed management, animal health and biosecurity basics for your property including the most important weeds and pests to look out for at the moment in the North Coast region.

    When
    10 Sep 2020 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

    Region

    North Coast

    Where

    On-line event Register at: https://adobe.ly/2DHVAMk

    Contact
    Ella Rasmussen Every Bit Counts North Coast Coordinator T: 0438 173 135 E: ella.rasmussen@lls.nsw.gov.au

  • Small Healthy Farms Biosecurity on the North Coast - Part 2

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    30 Aug 2020
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    Part Two - Managing Weeds and Farm Biosecurity

    Running a small farm or bush block can involve a lot more than you may think. Preventing the introduction and spread of diseases, pests and weeds onto your land are one of the most important things a landholder can do, and there are many factors that play into your decision making.

    Come along to this FREE webinar to learn about weed management, animal health and biosecurity basics for your property including the most important weeds and pests to look out for at the moment in the North Coast region.

    When
    17 Sep 2020 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

    Region

    North Coast

    Where

    On-line event Register at: https://adobe.ly/3amJ1Sp

    Contact
    Ella Rasmussen Every Bit Counts North Coast Coordinator T: 0438 173 135 E: ella.rasmussen@lls.nsw.gov.au

  • Summer Bushfires: How are the plant and animal survivors 6 months on?

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    20 Jul 2020
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    Australia roared into 2020 as a land on fire. The human and property loss was staggering, but the damage to nature was equally hard to fathom. By the end of the fire season 18.6 million hectares of land was destroyed.

    So what’s become of animal and plant survivors in the months since?

    Click to explore the impact Australia’s summer of fires had on an already drought-ravaged landscape and the work being done to rescue and recover habitats.

  • Clean-Up Update

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    22 May 2020

    BlazeAid continue to assist residents in the Orara Valley and to-date have replaced 40 km of fencing. Laing O’Rourke have been on-the-ground for approximately three weeks and have completed clean-up on 12 of the 18 properties registered. Registration can be accessed on the Service NSW website under NSW Bushfire Clean-Up.

  • NSW Bushfire clean-up information hub launched by Laing O'Rourke

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    26 Mar 2020
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    Laing O’Rourke was appointed by the NSW Government to coordinate the NSW Bushfire clean-up program across the state.

    Clean-up works are currently scheduled to commence in our region within the next fortnight (subject to weather and ease of access).

    Visit the Laing O'Rourke NSW Bushfire clean-up website to find· information on clean-up eligibility, scheduling and locations.

    The clearing and removal of damaged materials is an important step in the recovery from the devastation that has been experienced by our community. By clearing the deluge communities will be able to start to rebuild their lives both emotionally and physically.

    While COVID 19 is presenting new challenges, the NSW Government and Laing O’Rourke are committed to keeping momentum in the roll out of the clean-ups while keeping your health and safety as the highest priority.

    For more information about the NSW bushfire recovery clean-up program visit Service NSW https://www.service.nsw.gov.au/transaction/register-opt-nsw-bushfire-clean

    For more information about Laing O’Rourke activities in your area call 1800 007 539 or email nswbushfirecleanup@laingorourke.com.au