Disaster Recovery Allowance extended for Wollondilly bushfire

Thursday, 12 December 2019

Federal Member for Hume Angus Taylor is encouraging those affected by the bushfire in Wollondilly to apply for financial support provided through the Australian Government Disaster Recovery Allowance.

Up to 13 weeks income support is now available to those worst-hit by bushfires in the Wollondilly Council area.

“The Green Wattle Creek fire in the Wollondilly area is continuing to burn and is still classified as out of control. Conditions are expected to deteriorate today and I understand many homes and communities are under threat,” Mr Taylor said.

“One home has already been lost, a number of sheds and more than 100,000 hectares burnt.

“This financial support will help those worst affected by the bushfire to receive an income while they rebuild and not have the additional stress of needing to return to work to support their families.

“Locals in Oakdale, Warragamba, Silverdale, Werombi, The Oaks, Lakesland, Thirlmere, Buxton, Balmoral, Bargo and Hilltops are being urged to monitor conditions.

“I praise the incredible efforts of emergency service crews, the RFS and volunteers for their quick response and their continuing efforts in sweltering conditions to protect local communities from this fire.”

Claims can be made at www.humanservices.gov.au/disaster or by calling 180 22 66.

Please hold the line and your call will be responded to.

More information on disaster assistance is available at www.disasterassist.gov.au.

Claims will be open from Wednesday 11 December 2019. For more information or to make a claim visit www.humanservices.gov.au/disaster or call 180 22 66.

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