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Mayoral Relief Fund

Wingecarribee Shire Mayor Duncan Gair has launched a Mayoral Relief Fund set up by Council to assist residents of the Wingecarribee Shire that have been directly impacted by the bushfires. 

The Green Wattle Creek and Morton fires have caused significant damage to a number of our Shire’s communities. 

“Although emergency services teams are still onsite counting the losses, we’re bracing for the reality that dozens of structures may be lost,” the Mayor said.

“It’s going to take a long time to recovery from this disaster and I know a lot of people want to assist those residents impacted and help them return to some semblance of normality as soon as possible."

“On behalf of my fellow Councillors and all the staff of Council I would like to extend a huge thank you to all our firefighters and everyone helping with the ongoing efforts to protect our community,” the Mayor added.

Now is the time to look after each other and a donation of any amount will be greatly appreciated.


Donations can be made online through a dedicated account organised via the National Australia Bank (NAB) at:

BSB: 082 135
Account number: 20 118 3392

Donations can also be made in person at any branch of the NAB with the above mentioned details or in person at Wingecarribee Shire Council’s Customer Service Centre located in the Moss Vale Civic Centre.

Accessing the Mayoral Relief Funds

Residents directly impacted by the recent bushfires can apply for assistance from the Mayoral Relief Fund.

A donation of $500 for a household or $250 for an individual may be applied for by downloading and completing the form below:

Application Form - Mayoral Relief Fund

Applicants must be residents of the Wingecarribee Shire, in a bushfire affected identified area, and identification may be required.

For further information please call the Wingecarribee Shire Bushfire Recovery Hotline on 1800 316 500 or email mail@wsc.nsw.gov.au.

Other Financial Assistance

Residents are also reminded of the following additional financial assistance avenues:

Commonwealth Government Disaster Recovery Payment

The NSW Government Office of Emergency Management is coordinating Disaster Recovery Payments of $1000 per eligible adult and $400 per eligible child. An additional $400 will also be provided for children, this payment will be applied automatically.

Call the Bushfire Customer Care Service on 13 77 88, or Human Services on 180 22 66. 

Commonwealth Government Disaster Recovery Allowance

The Disaster Recovery Allowance has been activated by the Australian Government for people affected by the NSW Bush Fires.

This provides short term support payment to assist those whose income has been affected as a direct result of the bush fires.

Call the Bushfire Customer Care Service on 13 77 88 or Human Services on 180 2266 or humanservices.gov.au.

NSW Government Disaster Relief Grants

Grants are available for eligible individuals and families whose homes and essential household contents have been damaged or destroyed by a natural disaster.

To be eligible for this assistance you must:

  • Be a low-income earner and meet an income assets test
  • Demonstrate that the affected home is your principal place of residence
  • Not be covered by insurance
  • Demonstrate that the damage was caused by the disaster
  • Lodge the application within four months of the disaster occurring

Call the Bushfire Customer Care Service on 13 77 88 or Disaster Welfare Assistance Line on 1800 018 444.

Bank Assistance

Australians affected by the catastrophic bushfires are encouraged to contact their bank to access a wide range of available assistance.
Banks have hardship teams ready to assist you with your financial arrangements, depending on your circumstances.

Contact your bank for more information or visit: https://www.ausbanking.org.au/policy/customers/financial-hardship/

Bank Assistance

Volunteer Firefighters’ Financial Support

Payments for eligible volunteer firefighters who are self-employed or employed by a small or medium business and have lost income.

Call the Bushfire Customer Care Service on 13 77 88.

Emergency Bushfire Response in Primary Industries Grants Program

$75,000 recovery grants, concessional loans and transport subsidies for eligible primary producers.

Call the Bushfire Customer Care Service on 13 77 88 or NSW Rural Assistance Authority on 1800 678 593.

Small Business Grants

Grants of up to $50,000 are available if your business has been directly affected by bush fire.

Call the Bushfire Customer Care Service on 13 77 88.

Bushfire Working Capital Loan

Offers up to $50,000 to help businesses cover salaries or wages, rebuild infrastructure and purchase goods and services.

Also, the Bushfire Recovery Loan of up to $500,000 is available for eligible businesses.

Call the Bushfire Customer Care Service on 13 77 88.

Motor Vehicle Stamp Duty Relief

Financial assistance for eligible motorists whose cars have been written off as a result of bushfires.

Call the Bushfire Customer Care Service on 13 77 88.

Australian Red Cross Assistance Grant

The Australian Red Cross are offering immediate assistance grants of $20,000 to support people whose primary place of residence was destroyed. Phone 1800 268 772 or visit the Redcross Website to apply. 

Vinnies Emergency Assistance

Vinnies are currently offering immediate emergency assistance for those that have been affected by the fires and suffered property loss or damage or require other support. Phone 13 18 12 to speak with a Vinnies member in your local area or visit the Vinnies website

Salvation Army Disaster Assistance

The Salvation Army Disasters Assistance team is available to help those affected in all states. Working with state and local government, they offer a range of services and assistance measures to help people and communities who have been impacted by the bushfires – including financial assistance, emotional support and referrals. Contact the team by emailing sal.disasters@salvationarmy.org.au or by calling 1300 662 217.

Other Bushfire Assistance Grants

A comprehensive directory of available grants for individuals impacted by the bushfires can be found on GrantsHub by clicking on the following link: 
View bushfire grants available

Distribution of Federal Government Funding

Wingecarribee Shire Councillors have voted to allocate one million dollars in bush fire relief funds across the Shire’s northern and southern fire affected villages following an Extraordinary Meeting of Council.

The Extraordinary Meeting was called to decide where the Federal Government’s $1 million in bush fire relief funds should be distributed and follows specially convened community meetings in Hill Top and Bundanoon.

For full information view the media statement

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Last Updated: February 20th, 2020
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