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


  • 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.

  • 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