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Local Communities

More than 100 Local Government Areas (LGAs) were impacted by the 2019-20 bushfire season, resulting in devastating loss of life and property, as well as the destruction of environments and native wildfire across the nation.

Click on each state/territory below to see their list of affected LGAs.

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Local profiles

The National Bushfire Recovery Agency has compiled key information on each bushfire impacted Local Government Area. Each profile includes general data, as well as information on bushfire impact, relief and recovery support, and maps. They have been grouped together by state/territory:

Local Economic Recovery and Complementary Projects Fund

On 11 May 2020, the Australian Government announced $448.5 million in Local Economic Recovery (LER) and Complementary Project funding. This money will support bushfire-affected communities restore local economies and build back better.

The LER funding will encourage locals to lead their recovery. With our state and local partners we can make sure support goes where it’s needed. By partnering with state governments to co-fund projects, the NBRA can maximise funding available to affected communities.

We know it takes time for communities to move forward after a disaster. The most effective approach to long-term social and economic recovery is to:

  • listen to the advice of the local communities who know what is best for their recovery
  • support local recovery priorities.

A collaborative, well-coordinated, and flexible approach to recovery is key.

We’ll provide regular updates on LER co-funding and state government processes, as well as successful projects, as they become available. Find answers to Frequently Asked Questions here (PDF 71KB).

UPDATE

South Australia

The South Australian Government is consulting with local councils, recovery committees, communities and other stakeholders in bushfire-affected areas. Projects already announced include the Kangaroo Island’s desalination project.

QLD, NSW and VIC are finalising their processes and expect to provide further information soon.  

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Local support

Delivering relief and recovery assistance to local communities has been a priority of all levels of government.

Responding to natural disasters is primarily the responsibility of State and Territory Governments. However in recognition of the significant cost of the 2019-20 bushfire crisis, the Australian Government committed to cost-share relief and recovery efforts with State and Territory Governments under the Disaster Recovery Funding Arrangements (DRFA).

Through the DRFA, the Australian Government provides financial assistance directly to the states to administer to local communities.

There are four categories of assistance under the DRFA. Information on each category is available for download on the Disaster Assist website.

In addition to this, the Australian Government is working closely with local governments affected by the bushfires to speed-up recovery and help drive critical community support. To date, $62 million in Commonwealth funding has been provided directly to impacted local governments through the Local Government Areas Grants Program.

 Further details on relief and recovery support provided to impacted communities is outlined on our Funding page.

Community visits

Date Town State/Territory LGA Representative
9 Jan 2020 Wingello NSW Wingecarribee Shire Coordinator
13 Jan 2020 Wilberforce, Bilpin, Bell, Blackheath, Katoomba NSW City of Hawkesbury Coordinator
13 Jan 2020 Gosper Mountain NSW Blue Mountains City Coordinator
16 Jan 2020 East Gippsland, Sale, Bairnsdale, Lakes Entrance VIC Shire of East Gippsland Coordinator
17 Jan 2020 Moruya, Malua Bay, Bateman's Bay NSW Eurobodalla Shire Coordinator
23 Jan 2020 Yeppoon QLD Shire of Livingstone Coordinator
31 Jan 2020 Eden NSW Bega Shire Deputy Coordinator
31 Jan 2020 Wangaratta VIC Shire of Wangaratta Deputy Coordinator
31 Jan 2020 Pambula, Bega and Eden NSW Bega Shire Deputy Coordinator
31 Jan 2020 Wangaratta VIC Wangaratta Shire Coordinator
6 Feb 2020 Adelaide SA Adelaide Hills Coordinator
7 Feb 2020 Kangaroo Island SA Kangaroo Island Coordinator
8 Feb 2020 Bells Line of Road, Blue Mountains NSW City of Blue Mountains Coordinator
13 Feb 2020 Wyndham NSW City of Wyndham Coordinator
13 Feb 2020 Kiah NSW Bega Valley Shire Coordinator
14 Feb 2020 Lake Conjola NSW City of Shoalhaven Coordinator
15 Feb 2020 Mogo NSW Eurobodalla Shire Deputy Coordinator
20 Feb 2020 Tumbarumba NSW Snowy Valleys Coordinator
20 Feb 2020 Batlow NSW Snowy Valleys Coordinator
21 Feb 2020 Launceston TAS Launceston City Deputy Coordinator
28 Feb 2020 Scenic Rim QLD Scenic Rim Region Deputy Coordinator
5 Mar 2020 Rappville NSW Richmond Valley Coordinator
6 Mar 2020 Torrington NSW Tenterfield Shire Coordinator
11 Mar 2020 Merimbula NSW Bega Valley Shire Coordinator
13 Mar 2020 Wodonga VIC City of Wodonga Deputy Coordinator
13 Mar 2020 Ovens VIC Alpine Shire Deputy Coordinator
16 Mar 2020 Cobargo, Tathra, Bemboka, Merimbula NSW Bega Valley Shire Coordinator
16 Mar 2020 Mallacoota VIC Shire of East Gippsland Coordinator
18 Mar 2020 Grafton NSW Clarence Valley Deputy Coordinator
27 Mar 2020 Lithgow (V) NSW City of Lithgow Coordinator
31 Mar 2020 Kangaroo Island (V) SA Kangaroo Island Deputy Coordinator
8 Apr 2020 Binna Burra (V) QLD Scenic Rim Region Coordinator
15 Apr 2020 to 16 Apr 2020 Wangaratta (V) VIC Shire of Wangaratta Coordinator
15 Apr 2020 to 16 Jun 2020 Benalla (V) VIC Benalla Rural City Coordinator
15 Apr 2020 to 16 Apr 2020 Hume (V) VIC Shire of Mansfield Coordinator
15 Apr 2020 to 16 Apr 2020 Hume (V) VIC Shire of Indigo Coordinator
15 Apr 2020 to 16 Apr 2020 Towong (V) VIC Shire of Towong Coordinator
15 Apr 2020 to 16 Apr 2020 Hume (V) VIC Alpine Shire Coordinator
16 Apr 2020 East Gippsland (V) VIC Shire of East Gippsland Deputy Coordinator
21 Apr 2020 Eurobodalla Shire (V) NSW Eurobodalla Shire Coordinator
21 Apr 2020 Glen Innes (V) NSW Glen Innes Severn Deputy Coordinator
30 Apr 2020 Hawkesbury (V) NSW Hawkesbury City Deputy Coordinator
7 May 2020 Cudlee Creek (V) SA Adelaide Hills Deputy Coordinator
7 May 2020 Wright Electorate (V) QLD Scenic Rim Region Coordinator
7 May 2020 West Moreton region (V) QLD Lockyer Valley Region Coordinator
12 May 2020 Bega, Cobargo (V) NSW Bega Valley Shire Deputy Coordinator
14 May 2020 Port Macquarie (V) NSW Port Macquarie-Hastings Deputy Coordinator
14 May 2020 Port Macquarie (V) NSW Port Macquarie-Hastings Coordinator
20 May 2020 Kempsey (V) NSW Kempsey Shire Coordinator
20 May 2020 Nambucca (V) NSW Nambucca Shire Coordinator
10 Jun 2020 Alpine, Indigo, Mansfield, Wangaratta (V) VIC Alpine Shire Deputy Coordinator
12 Jun 2020 Mogo NSW Eurobodalla Shire Coordinator
15 Jun 2020 Mogo NSW Eurobodalla Shire Deputy Coordinator
25 Jun 2020 Cooma NSW Snowy Monaro Coordinator
26 Jun 2020 Snowy Valleys NSW Snowy Valleys Deputy Coordinator
26 Jun 2020 Peak View NSW Snowy Monaro Coordinator
29 Jun 2020 Nowra, Conjola Park, Ulladulla NSW City of Shoalhaven Coordinator
3 Jul 2020 Jervis Bay NSW N/A Deputy Coordinator
7 Jul 2020 to 8 Jul 2020 Cobargo NSW Bega Valley Shire Deputy Coordinator
8 Jul 2020 Balmoral, Wingello NSW Wingecarribee Shire Coordinator