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.

  • Get Back to Making Lovely

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    01 Sep 2020
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    Free Mosaic Workshop for all residents of Ulong and Lowanna

    As the whole community was affected by the 2019-20 bushfires, all residents are welcome.

    Make a Bird, Bee or Butterfly Bath

    All material supplied, however you are welcome to use your own china and pottery pieces if you wish.

    Open to residents (13 years +).

    Ulong Hall

    Saturday 26 September Design and Tiling: 9.00am - 2.00pm

    Sunday 27 September Grout up: 10.00am - 1.00pm

    Booked out. For further information please contact leading artist Pamela Denise on mobile 0427 728 450.

    This is an initiative of the Coffs Harbour City Council Bushfire Recovery Program

  • 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

  • Toons 4 Wildlife - Fundraising Exhibiiton

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    24 Aug 2020
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    After the devastating fires earlier in the year, Mark from TIPPETTURES rallied Australian cartoonists to create the Toons 4 Wildlife fundraising exhibition in aid of WIRES. The response from cartoonists was heartwarming and has made for a fantastic collection of over 90 works by some of Australia’s best cartoonists.

    The National Cartoon Gallery is proud to have been invited as part of this great initiative to display the entries in the gallery whilst they are auctioned online and shipped off to their new homes.

    Complementing the Toons 4 Wildlife works on the walls of the gallery is a collection of Australian Wildlife cartoons from the gallery’s impressive collection.

    Where: National Cartoon Gallery

    When: 22 August - 25 October, 10.00 am to 4.00 pm (Open Wednesday to Sunday)

    To bid online visit: charityaution/bid/Toons4wildlife

    Online Auction runs from Sat 15 August 2020 (6pm) until Sat 22 November 2020 (6pm).

  • Community Support Skills

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    24 Aug 2020
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    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.

    Who can attend: interested community members and groups.

    When: Wednesday 2 September

    Time: 10.00 am - 11.30 am

    Where: Nana Glen Community Hall

    RSVP: By Friday 28 August. Contact Melinda Brooks on 0417 828 591 or melinda.brooks@chcc.nsw.gov.au

    Please contact Melinda Brooks or Sam Osborne if you are interested in attending a RAMHP training session, or bringing it to your workplace or community.

    Sam Osborne on 0402 892 642 or Samantha.Osborne@health.nsw.gov.au

  • Supporting Children and Young People to Cope with Disasters

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    18 Aug 2020

    Whether because of drought, the Summer bushfires or COVID-19, supporting children and young people has been particularly challenging in recent times. This session will provide information, advice and tips on ways to support children and young people.

    Please join the Australian Red Cross as they host psychologist Natalie Fraser to gain a greater understanding of the effects and signs of stress and trauma in children, practical ways to maintain wellbeing and support the children and young people in your life.

    Red Cross are running the session twice, to try and reach as many parents and carers possible. The webinars are free but limited to 500 attendees so please register by clicking on your preferred webinar time:

    Wednesday 26th August 6:30pm – 7:30pm https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_IXxc-NeVTAmsRW8Gf_VDaw

    Thursday 27th August 12:30pm – 1:30pm https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_k18mfmP8RT-kblOuCu3y4g



  • Anglicare North Coast - Help for those in need

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    20 Jul 2020
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    Are you doing it tough at the moment?

    In May 2020 Department of Social Services made funds available for Anglicare North Coast to help members of the community that were directly impacted by the fires of 2019.

    Anglicare may be able to assist with:

    • Food vouchers
    • Rates, electricity and other household bills
    • Financial counselling and other forms of financial relief
    • Emergency Bushfire Relief

    Go to or call them on 66434844

    Private and confidential help for those in need.

  • 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.

  • Australian Bushfires Report

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    20 Jul 2020
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    January – June 2020

    Red Cross is pleased to present its six-month bushfire report, a testament to the strength of those who endured the Black Summer bushfires, the kindness of those who donated, and the dedication of our volunteers and staff.

    Because of you, Red Cross have been able to:
    • support 49,718 people through 37 fires from September to March
    • disburse $133m at 30 June, including grants for 4,380 people (and counting!)
    • establish a recovery footprint in 47 local government areas

    The report provides a full account of how donor funds are being used, plus insight into the triple burden of drought, bushfires and COVID-19, the key components of the organisation's recovery program, and recommendations to the Natural Disasters Royal Commission.

    Read the report here.

  • Free Disaster Recovery Webinar: David Younger

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    17 Jul 2020
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    Bushfire Recovery During COVID-19. Personal and Community Resilience

    Please join Australian Red Cross Disaster Recovery Advisors and Mentors Australia (DRAMA) for a webinar as they host disaster recovery expert David Younger to talk about personal and community resilience in the face of bushfire recovery and COVID-19.

    David is a Clinical Psychologist with extensive experience supporting communities affected by natural disasters and emergencies.

    Discussion topics include:

    • Understanding Recovery

    • Why Does it Feel So Hard?

    • The Triple Whammy “Bushfire, Drought and COVID-19”

    • How to Promote Self-Care, Connection and Wellbeing


      Audience: Communities impacted by disasters and COVID-19

      Date: Thursday 23rd July 2020

      Time: 12:00pm – 2:00pm (AEST)

      Please register by clicking on the webinar link below:

      https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_CStrgxqiQDq4V4hxkD6poQ

    Please send your questions for David through to recovery@redcross.org.au