Upper Lachlan Shire Council’s Acting General Manager Alex Waldron is encouraging anybody impacted by the recent bushfires to attend a community recovery information session on Tuesday 4 April at Taralga War Memorial Hall.
The meeting, hosted by Upper Lachlan Shire Council with support from NSW Reconstruction Authority, will bring together relevant agencies that can assist affected Shire residents and ratepayers with queries and direct them towards appropriate services.
“Overall, the meeting will focus on `what comes next’, or where do people go from here,” she said.
“After such a terrible event, people understandably have a lot of questions and concerns. This meeting will hopefully answer a lot of those questions, and where things are more complex or people wish to have a more confidential discussion, agencies will be available to discuss individual circumstances one on one before and after the meeting.”
“People have lost stock, stock feed, fencing and infrastructure, including sheds and outbuildings, and one house was lost. They have practical and financial concerns, as well as stress, anxiety and mental health needs and this meeting will help put people in touch with the right support agencies.”
Ms Waldron said that NSW Reconstruction Authority, NSW Rural Fire Service, NSW Department of Primary Industries, Rural Financial Counselling Service and National Emergency Management Agency will all be present, with a few other agencies yet to confirm.
Ms Waldron said there were other Recovery Assistance services that people can access irrespective of the meeting. Some of those services include:
- Upper Lachlan Sire Council 02 4830 1000: To report dangerous trees or damage to roads
- Local Land Services 1300 795 299: Impacted landholders are requested to complete their land survey as soon as possible. This information is vital to understanding your impact and tailoring recovery services. If you have not received your survey or have any questions please call 1300 795 299 or visit www.dpi.nsw.gov.au/damage
- Rural Financial Counselling Service: Your local counsellor for advice and support is Kerry Connor – 0436 125 444.
- Rural Adversity Mental Health Program: Your local coordinator for advice and support is Judy Carmody 0417 131 301.
“I particularly recommend that affected landholders complete the survey, as it’s an important step in the process of receiving assistance,” she said.
The meeting will be held from 4.30pm to 6.30pm at Taralga War Memorial Hall on Tuesday 4 April, starting with a BBQ and opportunity to speak with the various agencies, following by the community meeting at 5.30pm, chaired by NSW Reconstruction Authority.