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


  • 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.

  • Natural Disaster Declaration for Armidale Region

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    Disaster recovery assistance is now available in the Armidale, Bellingen, Central Coast, Cessnock City, Clarence Valley, Coffs Harbour City, Dungog, Kempsey, Lake Macquarie, Maitland City, Mid-Coast, Nambucca Valley, Newcastle City, Port Macquarie-Hastings, Port Stephens, and Tenterfield local government areas following severe storms and floods from 10 March 2021 onwards.

    Read more here: DISASTER ASSISTANCE FOLLOWING STORMS AND FLOODS IN NSW


  • Australian Cricket Association Masters Tour coming to Armidale

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    Armidale Regional Council is excited to announce the Australian Cricket Association (ACA) Masters Cricket Tour will be coming to Armidale on February 25 and 26, 2021.

    It will be a jam-packed couple of days of cricket and fun events for all, and will be the largest sporting event the region has seen in a long time.

    The ACA General Manager - Member Programs and Relations - Kelly Applebee says the Association is pleased to be bringing the event to a community that was impacted by last summer’s bushfires. Read More

  • Disaster Assistance Following Storms and Floods in NSW

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    Assistance available under the DRFA may include:

    • help for eligible people whose homes or belongings have been damaged

    • support for affected local councils to help with the costs of cleaning up and restoring damaged essential public assets

    • concessional interest rate loans for small businesses, primary producers and nonprofit organisations

    • freight subsidies for primary producers, and

    • grants to eligible non-profit organisations.

    Full media release can be found here: Disaster assistance following storms and floods in NSW

    For information on personal hardship and distress assistance, contact the Disaster Welfare Assistance Line on 1800 018 444. To apply for a concessional loan or grant, contact the NSW Rural Assistance Authority on 1800 678 593 or visit www.raa.nsw.gov.au

  • $95 MILLION TO CONTINUE BUSHFIRE CLEAN-UP

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    The NSW Government is continuing to support councils and public land managers in parts of the State ravaged by last summer’s bushfires, providing a further $95 million of new funding to help manage waste from the ongoing clean-up.

    For further information click on the link below:
    Media Release - $95 million to continue bushfire clean up

  • Beware of Fake Tradies

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    A warning has been released to be aware of fake tradies. Fake tradies often appear after disasters such as bushfires, floods and storms. They may try to take advantage of you if you are cleaning up or repairing your property, and offer to do jobs like driveway resurfacing, branch removal or roof repairs at cheap rates.

    For more information, please click on the link to the Fake Tradies Fact Sheet

  • Joint media release with the Hon David Littleproud MP & Hon. John Barilaro MP - Application date extended for Bushfire Local Economic Recovery fund

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    Businesses and communities in bushfire impacted regions will now have more time to prepare and apply for grants under the $250 million Bushfire Local Economic Recovery (BLER) fund open round, which is co-funded by the NSW and Australian governments.

    Australian Minister for Emergency Management, David Littleproud and NSW Deputy Premier John Barilaro today announced a new deadline for applications of 28 January 2021.

    Mr Littleproud said that the Commonwealth was committed to ensuring that as many communities and businesses as possible could access Local Economic Recovery support.

    “Our national approach to Local Economic Recovery funding is about assisting communities to lead their own recovery, with governments and local partners funding projects that will make a real difference locally," Mr Littleproud said.

    “I encourage fire affected communities in New South Wales to get together and consider what their community needs to boost their economy, their wellbeing and their recovery, and I look forward to seeing what people come up with and the benefits that will flow long-term."

    Mr Barilaro said an additional 12 months has also been provided for successful applicants to deliver their BLER projects, with all projects now to be completed by June 2023.

    “As communities focus on rebuilding, the last thing they need is to come up against bureaucratic red tape so we are working with communities and councils in bushfire impacted areas to support them during this period," Mr Barilaro said.

    “We know we need to work with people not against them, and we have heard communities loud and clear. Communities and businesses are still working to re-establish themselves, and for many, it is going to be some time before that is a possibility.

    “By extending the BLER deadline we are giving bushfire affected communities the opportunity to plan, develop and deliver the best proposals for projects that will support the social and economic recovery of these regions, and create vital jobs now and into the future."

    Grants of between $200,000 and $20 million will be available through the Bushfire Local Economic Recovery Fund for projects such as:

    • Restoration of bushfire impacted roads
    • Local community and cultural infrastructure
    • Community wellbeing and mental health programs
    • Tourism campaigns (including digital product development) and regional events
    • Workforce adaptation and work ready training programs
    • Local infrastructure including walking and mountain bike trails to support communities and bring in tourists
    • Regeneration activities to support recovery of the local natural environment
    • Neighbourhood safer places.

    Applications are now open under the Bushfire Local Economic Recovery fund. For more information, including guidelines, visit https://www.nsw.gov.au/blerfund

    Alongside this open call for project ideas under BLER, shovel-ready projects are also separately being identified in bushfire affected areas, so they can be fast tracked to provide community and economic benefit as quickly as possible. A number of these fast tracked projects have already been announced. Together with the BLER, this brings the total investment of the Australian and NSW Governments for local community and business bushfire to over $500 million.

    Further support for NSW communities affected by the 19/20 bushfires includes:

    • Approximately $4.4 billion Commonwealth and State expenditure has been committed to the bushfire response, recovery and preparedness efforts. This includes a commitment of almost $3 billion from the NSW Government.
    • More than 8,000 people were assisted with emergency accommodation
    • More than 3,600 properties have been cleared through the joint NSW and Commonwealth funded clean-up program
    • More than $200 million has been distributed to small businesses
    • Over $100 million has been awarded in primary producer grants
    • 207 temporary accommodation pods are on the ground across NSW, allowing people to stay on their land while they rebuild
    • 6,326 kilometres of replacement fencing committed
    • $8.5 million dedicated to funding local Recovery Support Services
    • 22 Community Recovery Officers have been funded and are working with councils on recovery across NSW.
    • 35 bushfire mental health clinicians have been deployed
    • the Bushfire Local Economic Recovery (BLER) fund joins the Bushfire Community Recovery and Resilience Fund (BCRRF), which is for smaller projects and was recently extended for applications to 11 December 2020. Recipients will be given an additional year to deliver projects under both funds, until June 2023.