28 May 2020

Mayoral Column

Bushfire-impacted dairy farmers, fruit growers and forestry businesses have up until Tuesday, 16 June to apply for Recovery Funding from the NSW Government, for details visit here.

There are also Red Cross grants for our community members whose circumstances have been affected by the bushfires. The closing date for Red Cross grants has been extended to Tuesday, 30 June. I hope this will help many local people who have been impacted in the Hawkesbury.

Please note that immediate assistance is available for our bushfire-affected community members who are in financial hardship. These cash grants are available:

  • Emergency grant for people who have lost their homes.
  • Injury grant for people who were hospitalised due to the fires.
  • Primary residence repair grant for home owners whose homes have been structurally damaged. Eligibility has also been extended to include destruction or damage to critical private water, septic and/or power infrastructure.
  • The former Rebuild grant for owner-occupiers to assist with early stages of rebuilding is now called the Reestablishment grant, and it has extended eligibility criteria. This grant offers $30,000 per household for home owner occupiers and $10,000 per household for people who were renting a home or whose primary place of residence was a caravan or mobile home.

You’ll find more information and grant applications here.

If you need help in applying for these grants, please contact Step by Step Recovery Support. To access the Step by Step Recovery Support Service, please call 0417 298 832 or email stepbystep@gatewayfamilyservices.org.au or online here.

If COVID-19 restrictions are impacting your ability to provide the required information for a grant, you can also contact Red Cross on 1800 RED CROSS (1800 733 276) for assistance.

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