PRACTICAL AND EMOTIONAL SUPPORT FOR
BLUE MOUNTAINS BUSH FIRE RECOVERY
Blue Mountains residents recovering from the recent bush fires will have access to a range of practical and emotional support services, NSW Treasurer Mike Baird announced today.
During a visit to Winmalee and Springwood in the Blue Mountains, where he was joined by Blue Mountains MP Roza Sage, Mr Baird said the NSW Government had made funding available to establish the Blue Mountains Bushfire Support Services.
“With the immediate threat from the bush fires now over in the Blue Mountains, bush fire victims are faced with the heartbreaking task of trying to rebuild their lives,” said Mr Baird.
“This is an incredibly overwhelming and emotional period, as many residents are wondering where to begin.
“The NSW Liberals & Nationals Government is committed to providing vital practical and emotional support services to assist families and individuals with the challenges they will face over the coming months.”
Mr Baird said the NSW and Australian Governments had allocated initial funding of $300,000 to the Blue Mountains Bushfire Support Services to assist the residents of approximately 300 homes destroyed or severely damaged in the Blue Mountains bush fires, with a provision for further funding support as required. The support service will provide:
• Assessment of individual/family practical, financial and emotional needs
• Referral for financial advice, legal advice, counselling and specialised input for children’s needs as required
• Assistance with dealing with insurance companies, replacing key documents and liaising with various service providers
• Providing information regarding recovery processes including psychological recovery.
Ms Sage said the NSW Government was determined to do everything it can to help the Blue Mountains community begin the recovery process as quickly as possible.
“This program provided vital recovery services to the Coonabarabran community following the Warrumbungle bush fires earlier this year,” said Ms Sage.
“Our hope is that this service will help Blue Mountains residents impacted by the devastating fires to get back on their feet sooner.”
This assistance is in addition to other measures been made available under the Natural Disaster Relief and Recovery Arrangements, jointly funded by the NSW and Australian governments.
Further information on Australian Government assistance is available online at www.disasterassist.gov.au