Bushfire recovery help and information
Some handy information compiled by the public information section of the Bairnsdale Incident Control Centre.
Relief and Early Recovery for Fire Affected Communities
While fires continue to challenge East Gippsland communities it is important for regional residents, farmers, and businesses impacted by fire to know about the many services already in place to provide relief and recovery services, and how to get support.
Here are some of the services that are available across East Gippsland to help.
1. BUSHFIRE CASE SUPPORT:
For anyone affected by bushfire and not sure where to start with finding help with the next steps, please register with Bushfire Case Support on 1800 560 760 to connect with a case coordinator.
There is also a chance to catch up with a range of agencies and services at Community Pop-Up Information Sessions in regional towns. Staff from East Gippsland Shire Council, Department of Health and Human Services, Red Cross, Centrelink, Rural Financial Counselling, Agriculture Victoria, EPA, and other agencies, will be on hand to provide advice and practical assistance involved in relief and recovery. Check the website below for details of dates and locations.
The Bushfire Recovery Centre is also open at 24 Service Street, Bairnsdale, Monday to Friday from 9am to 5pm, as a one-stop-shop for bushfire-related enquiries.
If possible, please bring personal identification such as a Medicare card, rates notice, etc., and your bank details, for assistance with payments.
For more information, check out the Relief and Recovery Tab on the Emergency Vic website https://emergency.vic.gov.au/
2. HELP WITH FENCING
Fencing that has been destroyed by bushfire will need to be replaced.
Different processes apply to fencing, depending on where the fence is and how it was destroyed.
(i) Farm fencing burnt by bushfire
Recovery grants of up to $75,000 per farmer are available to:
- help primary producers who have lost most of their farm business assets
- help remote primary producers with transportation costs
To register your interest in one of these grants, visit ruralfinance.com.au or call 1800 260 425. Applications must be submitted by 31 July 2020.
You may have insurance that covers the cost of your replacement fences. There are volunteer organisations, such as BlazeAid, who have set up camp in Bruthen and are assisting farmers in livestock fencing replacement.
(ii) Farm fencing destroyed by firefighting activities
The state government will pay the full cost of fences damaged on private land because of
- machinery used by fire agencies to control bushfires, or
- fire agency staff cutting through fences to allow access for suppression efforts.
If you believe your fencing was damaged by firefighting activities, please call 136 186 to connect with a DELWP fencing coordinator in your region. Site assessments will be required.
(iii) Farm fencing adjoining state or national parks.
The state government will pay half the cost of materials to replace or repair fencing between private land and all national parks, state parks and state forests destroyed or damaged by bushfires. Site assessments are required.
Funding announced on 29th January by Minister for Agriculture Jaclyn Symes gives farmers the flexibility to not just replace their boundary fences with a standard fence – as per the existing Government program – but to upgrade them, making them fire-resistant with concrete posts and better able to exclude pests such as wild dogs.
To lodge a claim for fencing that adjoins state or national parks or state forests please call 136 186 and they will help connect you with a DELWP fencing coordinator in your region.
More information is available on https://emergency.vic.gov.au/