Bush fire update

Information about the bush fires burning in the Cessnock Local Government Area. 

4 February  

Please visit NSW Rural Fire Service - Fires Near Me to monitor the fire situation or tune into ABC Local Radio 1233.   

Community Recovery Information

Customers impacted by bushfires are encouraged to call Service NSW on 13 77 88, see a Service NSW team member in a Disaster Recovery Centre, visit a Service NSW Centre or Mobile Service Centre, or go to www.service.nsw.gov.au for assistance.

Read the NSW Disaster Recovery Newsletter which aims to support you or anyone you know affected by the fires in Hunter, Greater Sydney and South Eastern NSW regions.

Find information on:
📌 Emergency temporary accommodation
📌 Replacing personal documents
📌 Animal welfare
📌 Clean up considerations
📌 Insurance
📌 Disaster Relief Grants

Read the latest news here.

  •  Grants of $15,000 are now available for bushfire-hit farmers and small businesses in the Blue Mountains, Central Coast, Cessnock, Hawkesbury, Lithgow and Singleton council areas. To apply for recovery grant, contact the NSW Rural Assistance Authority on 1800 678 593 or visit www.raa.nsw.gov.au.
  • The NSW Department of Primary Industries and Local Land Services are providing assistance to fire affected landholders with emergency fodder and water, animal care, livestock or animal assessment, and where necessary euthanasia and burial. Producers can report stock losses and infrastructure damage, or request animal assessment, or emergency fodder or water for stock, by calling the Agricultural and Animal Services Hotline on 1800 814 647. People without phone access can send a direct message via the NSW Department of Primary Industries. For more information please see www.dpi.nsw.gov.au/climate-and-emergencies/bushfires.
  •  Red Cross fundraising for the Bushfires has been so successful that they are offering people, who lost their homes, $5000 (per household).   It's a really simple online registration process. Visit www.redcross.org.au/grants for more information.
  • Disaster recovery grants of up to $15,000 are now available to small businesses and not-for-profit organisations in LGAs affected by the NSW bushfires that have occured from 31 August 2019.To find out if you are eligible view the LGAs affected and the Guidelines below. For more information visit Rural Assistance Authority. 
  • Legal Aid NSW is operating a Disaster Response Legal Service which provides legal help to people in NSW affected by the bushfires. Help is available for: Insurance, Credit hardship, Housing, Employment,  Replacement of documents (e.g. Certificate of Title)  You can acess the service by calling the Disaster Response HelpLine on 1800 801 529.

Bush Fire Generated Waste 

In an effort to provide assistance to residents who have suffered damage to their property as a result of the recent bush fires, Cessnock City Council has waived the fees to dispose of bush fire generated waste.  

For more information click here.

Additional Information 

🏠 Well prepared homes that are actively defended can provide safety. Only stay if you are physically and mentally prepared to defend in these conditions.

🚙If you are not prepared, leave early.

❌If it's not safe to leave, take shelter in a solid structure when the fire front arrives. Protect yourself from the heat of the fire. If you are caught in the path of the fire you may be injured or die. 

📞📱📻Continue to stay up to date by checking www.rfs.nsw.gov.au, Fires Near Me app, listening to ABC radio or by calling call the NSW RFS Bush Fire Information Line on 1800 NSW RFS (1800 679 737).

⚠️ For information on road closures, please call the NSW RTA on 131 700 or check www.rta.nsw.gov.au.

🏠 For information on school closures visit https://education.nsw.gov.au/public-schools/school-safety 

If your life is at risk, dial Triple Zero (000).