Armidale Region | Recovery

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Bush land in flames with fire fighter attempting to put it out. 
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The Armidale Region Recovery Page has been established to support our community with the ongoing recovery from recent drought and bushfire events in the region. If you or someone you know has been affected, there is a range of assistance available. Council is working in partnership with emergency services, State and Federal government agencies, charities and others to deliver this assistance.

For detailed information about the assistance available refer to the Useful Links column on this page.

You can contact Council's Community Recovery Officer, Mr Tom Bower, who is dedicated to bushfire recovery assistance, during business hours. Tom's details can be found under the Bushfire Recovery Contact Information Column.

Recovery services can also be accessed through Service NSW on 13 77 88 from 7am to 7pm every day or online at www.service.nsw.gov.au(External link) for locations of Service NSW, and Mobile Service Centres. If you'd prefer, you can contact an agency directly.

Not sure what support you maybe entitled to? Complete Service NSW's Disaster Assistance Finder

Looking for an applicable grant? Visit Armidale Regional Council's GRANT GURU


The Armidale Region Recovery Page has been established to support our community with the ongoing recovery from recent drought and bushfire events in the region. If you or someone you know has been affected, there is a range of assistance available. Council is working in partnership with emergency services, State and Federal government agencies, charities and others to deliver this assistance.

For detailed information about the assistance available refer to the Useful Links column on this page.

You can contact Council's Community Recovery Officer, Mr Tom Bower, who is dedicated to bushfire recovery assistance, during business hours. Tom's details can be found under the Bushfire Recovery Contact Information Column.

Recovery services can also be accessed through Service NSW on 13 77 88 from 7am to 7pm every day or online at www.service.nsw.gov.au(External link) for locations of Service NSW, and Mobile Service Centres. If you'd prefer, you can contact an agency directly.

Not sure what support you maybe entitled to? Complete Service NSW's Disaster Assistance Finder

Looking for an applicable grant? Visit Armidale Regional Council's GRANT GURU


  • Service available for individuals, couples and families still impacted by drought.

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    The Drought Psychologist, based in Armidale, offers free support to individuals, couples and families impacted by drought throughout Rural Hunter New England. Stress, loss and uncertainty can make it difficult to cope, and talking these things through can often help. Fully confidential discussions can be undertaken by phone, Skype, or by a visit to home or farm.

    Contact Julian on 6776 9905 or 0407 215 750, or email HNELHD-DroughtPsychologist@health.nsw.gov.au

    Julian's brochure can be found under Useful Links.

  • Six areas begin Bush Fire Danger Period early in NSW

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    The NSW Rural Fire Service has announced six Local Government Aras (LGAs) in the New England and Northern areas will commence the Bush Fire Danger Period (BFDP) early, due to prevailing local conditions. The six areas include Armidale Regional, Walcha, Uralla, Glen Innes Severn, Inverell and Tenterfield.

    Read more from the NSW Rural Fire Service's release by clicking on the title

  • Black Summer Bushfire Grant Information & Workshop in Armidale

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    Black Summer Bushfire Recovery Grants open in July

    Communities still recovering from the 2019-20 bushfires will soon have access to new Black Summer Bushfire Recovery Grants Program from the Australian Government. The National Recovery and Resilience Agency has released the guidelines for the grant program. The guidelines for the grants, as well as a preview application form, are available on the Business Grants Hub website at https://business.gov.au/bsbr. The NRRA website has information on the grants program available here: https://recovery.gov.au/black-summer-grants

    The new grants program will help communities address priority work that hasn’t yet been supported under other funding programs. The grants will fund projects to support social, economic, built and environmental recovery.

    To make things as easy as possible for applicants, workshops and webinars to assist with the application process are being arranged.

    Applications for the grants will open on 22 July and close 2 September.

    A number of workshops have been programmed for the community. Currently the schedule for the workshops is as follows:

    2 AUG ARMIDALE

    3 AUG GLEN INNES

    4 AUG TENTERFIELD

    9 AUG KEMPSEY

    10 AUG COFFS HARBOUR

    11 AUG GRAFTON

    12 AUG CASINO

    Please note that dates and locations may change due to COVID-19 restrictions and venue availability.

    For further information, please click on the links in the documents tab

  • Oxley Highway Reopened

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    The section of the Oxley Highway between Mount Seaview and the Gingers Creek Roadhouse has reopened to traffic, with a few sections operating under single lane with alternating flow arrangements, following multiple landslips from sever weather in March 2021.

    Read more in documents tab

  • Update: Changed road conditions - Oxley Highway

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    More than one metre of rain fell in the Mount Seaview area on the Oxley Highway, closing the road between Yarras and Gingers Creek from Friday 19 March. The heavy rain caused significant damage to the highway, with around 70 landslips occurring, 10 of which are major.

    For the full update, please click on release found in the the documents tab.

  • Major New Covid-19 support package to help thousands of businesses across NSW

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    The NSW Government today announced a major new grants package and changes to the Dine & Discover program to help tens of thousands of small businesses and people across NSW impacted by the current COVID-19 restrictions.

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  • Council is offering $65,000 in community grants

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    Community groups in the Armidale region have the opportunity to apply for grants of up to $5,000 to support community resilience programs following the Black Summer bushfires, with Northern Tablelands MP Adam Marshall and Mayor Ian Tiley launching the one-off funding program.


    Read more here.

  • Black Dog Institute launches Bush Fire Support Service for first respondents

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    The Bush Fire Support Service, offers emergency service workers and their adult family members up to twelve one-on-one psychological mental health care sessions with experts, free of charge via Telehealth. This new service is available to all first responders who helped in the bush fires including firefighters, SES, ambulance, forestry, animal rescue, lifeguards and other Emergency Services Workers and their adult family members. Click here to read more.

  • Helping Communities Rebuild and Recover From Natural Disasters

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    Prime Minister, Scott Morrison addressed the media this morning to announce the Government will establish a new national agency to help support local communities respond to large-scale natural disasters and undertake new initiatives to manage the impact of future events and the changing climate.

    "The new Agency will help communities rebuild and recover from natural disasters, helping many Australians in their greatest time of need, while strengthening our defences against future major disasters,” the Prime Minister said.

    Read the full media release in the documents tab.

  • Flood recovery strike force has mobilised

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    A multiagency Strike Force has mobilised with equipment and crews heading out to commence the clean-up following extreme floods across the state.

    Premier Gladys Berejiklian said the scale of rainfall over the past week and subsequent flooding requires dedicated recovery efforts.

    “Our emergency services personnel and volunteers have been outstanding in dealing with the wild weather and the floods, but the scale of rainfall has been enormous and the recovery process will be challenging,” Ms Berejiklian said.


    Read the full media release in the documents tab.

Page last updated: 30 August 2021, 08:29