Bellingen Chamber of Commerce

Bushfire Assistance

28 Nov

Please view the communication below from Melinda Pavey regarding bushfire assistance from the NSW Government.


I write to advise that the NSW Government has allocated $25 million to help with bushfire clean-up costs, in addition to other assistance measures.


Assistance for cleaning up:

The clean-up funding will help pay for removing hazardous materials – including the removal of asbestos-contaminated material released as a result of the bushfires, concrete slabs, all dangerous debris and trees. Those wishing to make an application under the program are encouraged to contact the Disaster Welfare Assistance Line on ‪1800 018 444 for more information.


The NSW Government will also waive waste levy fees for residents disposing of bushfire-generated waste. Building materials, garniture and any other bushfire generated waste is included; the waiver will apply at nominated facilities and will save significant sums of money for households. The exemption of waste levy fees applies ‪until 29 February 2020 on debris and waste created by these bushfires.


Assistance for fire-damaged fencing:

BlazeAid - is setting up operations in our region. For more information, please visit the BlazeAid website and follow the links to contact a Camp Co-ordinator:

NPWS – The NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) offers assistance under certain conditions to repair or replace fences bordering national parks in accordance with the NPWS boundary fencing policy.

NPWS is offering to purchase and supply an agreed quantity of fencing materials to reconstruct
boundary fences. For further detail visit the NPWS website:


Disaster Relief:

Call the Disaster Welfare Assistance Line on 1800 018 444 (Mon–Fri 8.30am-4.30pm) for more information.


Animal Welfare:

Local Land Services is assisting with emergency fodder, stock water and assessment of animals impacted by the fire. Landholders are encouraged to call the Agriculture and Animal Hotline to request assistance: 1800 814 647


Disaster Recovery Payment and Allowance:

The Australian Government has activated these programs for people severely affected by the NSW Bush Fires. Call: 180 2266 or visit


Melinda Pavey MP
Member for Oxley