Heartfelt thanks to fire volunteers as Hall road fire is contained

Monday, 28 October 2013

28 October 2013

Federal Member for Hume Angus Taylor has extended his heartfelt thanks to fire fighters and emergency services volunteers who have contained the Hall Road fire in the Southern Highlands.

Mr Taylor said news of the official containment was a welcome relief for the district.

“There has been a lot of destruction in the past couple of weeks, although we have managed to escape with no lives lost and only two homes destroyed. As we’re too aware, it could have been a lot worse,” he said.

“So many local men and women have given their time and risked their own personal safety to help protect lives and property.

“On behalf of the community, a special thanks also to the community and church groups who have supported that effort.”

Mr Taylor reminded residents who had been hard hit by the recent fires that they may be eligible for one-off financial assistance - the Australian Government Disaster Recovery Payment (AGDRP) – from the Federal Government.

“I have intervened and spoken with the Minister for Justice, Michael Keenan, to have Wollondilly included on the list of areas eligible for this support. This is in addition to Wingecarribee.

“Residents who may have lost their home or suffered a serious injury are eligible to apply for the AGDRP. The rate is $1,000 per eligible adult and $400 per eligible child. Claims for this payment can be lodged at Centrelink for a period of up to six months, until 20 April next year,” he said.