Bushfire Assistance

People affected by bushfires in our region are eligible for financial support. We encourage everyone to use this support and spend the money in the community to keep our local economies ticking over in this time of tacking stock and recovering.

And don't forget there's help to get across what you are and aren't eligible for with 

NSW DPI Rural Support Program 

Ted O'Kane 0427 781 514  ted.okane@dpi.nsw.gov.au

Jen Haberecht who helped with the immediate fire response in our area 0400 160 287 jen.haberecht@dpi.nsw.gov.au

Rural Financial Counselling Service Counsellors 1800 319 458

Graham Christie from Albury 0438 444 540 gchristie@rfcsnsw-sr.com.au 

Apply now:

-Access a range of Australian Government supports and advice including Tax measures, concessional loans, business support, events, mental health etc

-grants of up to $50,000 are available via Service NSW(external link) to small businesses and non-for-profit organisations for repairs to their premises, equipment or stock directly damaged by the bushfires

-loans of up to $500,000 are available via NSW Rural Assistance Authority(external link) to support business operations such as salaries, rent, lease and rates, and the purchase of goods and services. Not for Profits, Sport and Rec, transport subsidies including for donated fodder.

-Volunteer Firefighters financial support program

- Visy Tumut Region Recovery Fund applications close 28 Feb. The Pratt Foundation has partnered with FRRR to support the delivery of a $1 million Visy Tumut Region Recovery Fund. This support is for local not-for-profit organisations and community groups which are delivering locally-led projects and activities that endeavour to support people in the Snowy Valleys Council region with their recovery as a result of the 2019/2020 bushfires. 


  • Agriculture Victoria - Upper Murray Fires farmer support service factsheet
  • Community Trauma Toolkit
  • Department of Primary Industries - climate and emergencies
  • Australian Tax Office -  support for impacted areas with lodgement and payment deferral dates. You can also phone them on 1800 806 218 
  • Beyond Blue - free information resource about looking after yourself and your family after a disaster
  • Lifeline specialised Bushfire support 13 HELP (13 43 57)
  • other numbers: Lifeline 13 11 14; Mensline 1300 789 978; Kids Helpline 1800 551 800; beyondblue 1300 224 636.

Local Council Updates

Key Contacts:

Emergency Updates:


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How to help:

Local needs are currently changing rapidly, if you are looking for ways to help please call us on 0260580600 and we can inform you of the best ways to do so.