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Further assistance for people affected by the NSW Sir Ivan Bushfire

NSW Minister for Justice Michael Keenan and New South Wales Minister for Emergency Services Troy Grant has announced that assistance is being provided through the Commonwealth-State Natural Disaster Relief and Recovery Arrangements (NDRRA) for farmers impacted by New South Wales’ devastating Sir Ivan bushfire.

The village of Uarbry in Central West NSW was tragically wiped out by the Sir Ivan bushfire. The fire destroyed 35 homes, a church, community hall and left a path of destruction through tens of thousands of hectares of farming land.

The thoughts of all Australians continue to be with those who lost their homes or livelihoods or were affected by the Sir Ivan bushfire.

They thank the remarkable firefighting crews for their dedication to protecting our communities, and all local residents who supported their efforts.

By making these payments available the Commonwealth and New South Wales governments will ensure that those who have lost their livelihoods have the additional assistance they need to help them on the road to recovery.

To support those affected by the Sir Ivan bushfire, grants of up to $15,000 will be provided to eligible primary producers to help with costs associated with cleaning up, salvaging crops and repairing damaged equipment.

This is over and above assistance already provided under the joint Commonwealth-State NDRRA, which was announced on 14 February 2017, including:

  • Help for eligible people whose homes or belongings have been damaged;
  • Support for affected local councils to help with the costs of cleaning up and restoring damaged essential public assets;
  • Concessional interest rate loans for small businesses, primary producers and non-profit organisations;
  • Freight subsidies for primary producers; and
  • Grants to non-profit organisations.

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