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.

  • 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.

  • Christmas Market Day - Nana Glen Memorial Hall

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    19 Nov 2020
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    Celebrating Community Life - Lots of Fun and Friendship

    Indoor and Outdoor Stalls.

    • Cakes and goodies
    • Plants
    • Used treasures
    • Craft items
    • And so much more

    BBQ Sausage Sizzle and Egg and Bacon Rolls available.

    Where: Nana Glen Memorial Hall - 26 Grafton Street, Nana Glen

    When: Saturday November 28

    Time: 8.00 am - 12.00 pm

    Stall or General Enquiries:

    Garry Dew - 6654 3211

    Gayl Ellem – 6654 3323

    Rhonda Scrimshaw - 0428 543 301

  • 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

  • Coping with Anniversaries: You, your family and your community

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    09 Nov 2020
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    Recovering from disasters can be a slow and stressful process. Milestones, like anniversaries, can be challenging and carry expectation that recovery should be over. Everyone recovers differently; there is no one thing or time that marks the end.

    It is normal to still feel sad or stressed around the anniversary of a disaster event. It takes time, but these feelings can fade if you have the right support and look after your wellbeing.

    Some tips from Disaster Recovery Mentor Dr Rob Gordon on looking after yourself and those close to you:

    • Rest and listen to what your body, mind and emotions tell you. You will eventually get energy back - you just have a big overdraft.

    • Give yourself recreation activities you enjoy which add energy and make things feel worthwhile.

    • Put energy into rebuilding relationships, family and important friendships. Make time to be together by changing routines and patterns. Check in on children.

    • Have health checks and review diet and exercise.

    • Take time for things you enjoy.

    Seeking further support

    Sometimes, personal recovery needs to be supported by specialist knowledge to ensure that stress doesn’t linger unnecessarily or lead to other health problems. Stress can resolve with advice from professionals, such as GPs, counsellors or psychologists. Consider seeking further support if:

    • Physical or other symptoms are causing concern

    • There is no one to talk to or relationships are being affected by the stress

    • You feel emotionally numb, depressed or more anxious than normal

    • You continue to have disturbed sleep and nightmares

    • You are unable to handle the intense feelings or physical sensations

    • You are becoming accident prone or increasing the use of drugs and alcohol

    • Recovery has stalled or does not seem to be proceeding.

    Anniversaries of disaster events can be upsetting, particularly if media coverage is intense. There may be formal events to mark the anniversary which you are invited to attend. There may also be informal events arranged by others affected. You may find these times difficult, so it is helpful to have a plan to reduce the impact. Limit your exposure to media coverage, plan your day with relaxing activities and make sure you have people available to support you, should you need it.

    Help is available online: https://www.redcross.org.au/get-help/emergencies/coping-after-a-crisis

    Help is available by phone: Lifeline 13 11 14

  • 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

  • Tune Up For Fellas

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    09 Nov 2020
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    For farmers, fishers and rural blokes

    Primary Industries Reset Workshop

    Tuff for farmers, fishers and rural blokes

    WHY GO?

    • to relax, reflect and reset

    • to laugh and make new mates

    • to learn new business/life skills

    WHAT'S INCLUDED?

    • investigating a work-life balance

    • developing decision making skills and achievable goals

    • learning how to deal with difficult situations

    • developing achievable actions to create the future you want

    • strategies to deal with difficult situations and conflict

    “TUFF is a rare opportunity to take time out, to reflect on what is

    important to you, practice some tools and ideas for being more

    effective and focus on what needs to happen next in your life.”

    PARTICIPANT FEEDBACK

    COST

    Workshop registration, fees, accommodation and meals are covered by the DPI. You cover your travel and any other expenses.

    Come on fellas, just do it!

    WANT TO FIND OUT MORE?

    Contact Joshua Foster on 0427 781 514

  • Decision Fatigue: It's all too much

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    09 Nov 2020
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    Australian Red Cross Disaster Recovery Advisors and Mentors Australia (DRAMA) invites you to join them as they host disaster recovery expert and cognitive scientist Jolie Wills as she shares her valuable insights on how the mind works under prolonged pressure, how we make decisions and how our reactions and behaviours are impacted by stress.

    Discussion topics will include:

    • The second 6 months of disaster recovery

    • The impacts of prolonged stress in bush fire-affected communities

    • Impact of continuing stress on thinking, decision making, emotions and action

    • COVID – added social and financial impacts on individuals and families resulting from isolation.


    Tuesday 10th November 2020 8:30am AWST | 10:30am AEST | 11:00am ACDT | 11:30am ADST | 1:30pm NZT:

    To register: https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_CUcsrK-4RrqjZSFpGXdrMw?_sm_vck=ZGZnKN4PVGQRjPVQ7rN6Q4KMJJRPnR5RKJsGT5F4SRtKN4MLjLq7