Supporting local communities to recover and rebuild.
Thousands of people across our region are affected by the devastating bushfires experienced the summer of 2020.
Our Bushfire Recovery services work in partnership with the local community to help individuals and families heal, recover and rebuild.
We continue to work in bushfire-affected communities to ensure people receive the support they need to recover and rebuild.
The work that we’re undertaking has been made possible by funding from DSS and generous donations from community members and organisations around Australia. Our team is working with individuals, businesses and community groups in various ways to support recovery efforts.
Anglicare Bushfire Recovery Assistance is available for FREE to people in the following areas:
Eurobodalla Shire (South from Bateman’s Bay)
Bega Valley Shire
How We Can Support You
CLOTHING, FOOD & ESSENTIALS
Essential items such as new clothing, food and toiletries are available by request in most areas. Clothing is provided in partnership with Thread Together and food and other essentials are provided by Anglicare Emergency Relief services.
COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT PROJECTS
We are working locally to support recovery projects our region which are unique to the needs of each community.
Confidential financial counselling is available to support you in your financial goals, helping you set and stick to a budget and planning for the future.
Financial assistance is available with grant amounts depending on set criteria. If your grant application is unsuccessful, we will work with you to access support from other agencies.
We work closely with many local community groups, so if we are unable to direct assist we can direct you to the best possible help.
Providing a professional pastoral presence, spiritual and emotional care to individuals, families and communities. This can include encouragement in time of need, assistance healing from trauma and support coping with grief and loss.
Please contact our Bushfire Recovery Coordinators today to discuss support options available to you.
All assistance is treated as confidential.
(02) 6245 7100
Meet Our Team
Bushfire Recovery Program Manager
Carlin is a Bega valley local who has worked and volunteered to support bushfire impacted individuals and community since January 2020. She is dedicated to advocating for the vulnerable and maintaining awareness for the needs of those impacted. Carlin manages Anglicare’s Bushfire Recovery program from the coast to the Snowy Valleys.
M 0490 704 192
Bushfire Recovery Coordinator – Snowy Valleys
Jo has been working in Anglicare’s Bushfire Recovery program for the past 2 years and continues to support the Snowy Valleys’ residents and communities with their ongoing recovery journey. Jo fully understands that recovery and rebuilding is a long term process and can assist by linking available support services and providing assistance where ongoing needs arise. A lifelong resident of Batlow, Jo has a connection to the Snowy Valley’s and is driven to support peoples recovery so that they survive and thrive. Jo loves to share a cuppa with residents who drop into the office for a chat and works closely with other services with a strong focus on preparedness, planning and mental health.
M 0490 707 543
Bushfire Recovery Coordinator – South East
Von is offering support to bushfire impacted individuals and community groups for their ongoing recovery journey. Her professional experience in community engagement and disaster management give her a deep understanding of the complex issues that bushfire impacted residents are still facing and can help to access available support services and provide assistance where ongoing needs are emerging. A long term volunteer for community driven events in the Eurobodalla, Von is passionate for her local community and the beautiful south coast.
M 0490 403 715
Bushfire Recovery Coordinator – South East
Bill developed huge admiration for the many inspiring community-led recovery initiatives in the Bega Valley and Eurobodalla regions in his role with an NGO during 2021, in the south east of NSW. Bill is able to offer support to individuals impacted by the bushfires to support their recovery. Bill will draw on his experience and qualifications in Ag Economics, Education and Disaster Resilience in both local and international settings to support community led recovery and development.
M 0490 414 371
Bushfire Rebuilding Advisor
Stephen is here to support those affected by the Black Summer bushfires as they embark on the rebuilding process. He is available to provide a highly mobile, re-building advisory service to property owners across the south east to guide their decision making and build their capacity. Stephen will be available to answer any technical building questions that may arise. Stephen volunteers broadly and is committed to developing and nurturing people’s health and wellbeing via community sports. Stephen is a licenced builder who lives in Brogo.
M 0490 436 878
Bushfire Rebuilding Advisor
Liam is here to support those affected by the Black Summer bushfires as they embark on the rebuilding process. He is available to provide a highly mobile, re-building advisory service to property owners across the south east to guide their decision making and build capacity. Liam will be available to answer any technical building questions that may arise. Liam has a wealth of experience in remote and isolated communities across Australia and grew up in the Bega Valley. Liam is a licensed carpenter based in Bega.
M 0490 427 314
Bushfire Recovery Chaplain – Snowy Valleys
Phillis is available to community and individuals for any chaplaincy needs across the Snowy Valleys region. Phillis’ role is to connect with the people of the Snowy Valleys by listening to people’s needs and being present. Through her work, Phillis is able to identify ongoing needs and concerns of individuals and families, ensuring emotional and spiritual care and referrals for specialised care where needed. Phillis lives in Tumbarumba with her family.
M 0491 084 469
Bushfire Recovery Chaplain – Bega Valley & Eurobodalla
Garry’s role is to care for the physical and spiritual needs of those affected by the Black Summer bushfires. Garry provides pastoral care to those impacted by the bushfires, and draws on his years of experience helping and supporting remote and isolated communities. Garry is committed to spending time with people to hear their needs. He is able to use his experience to connect people to support services where available. Garry is married to Kathy and they have three daughters and seven grandchildren, Garry lives in Narooma.
M 0490 258 042
Bushfire Recovery Chaplain – Bega Valley
Ray lives at Wonboyn Lake on the far south coast of NSW in an area heavily impacted by the Black Summer bushfires. Ray travels across the Bega Valley, reaching out to those still suffering the trauma of the bushfires, and to those who need support with their recovery journey. Rays mission is to care, and listen. Ray is able hear people’s stories, provide support and connection and make referrals to available services where necessary.
M 0490 670 069
Bushfire Recovery Community Grants Coordinator
Radek is available to community groups who may already be funded for a project but would appreciate support in completing and complying with their grants. Radek will also coordinate the Anglicare Bushfire Recovery Community Grants Program. Radek has a wealth of experience in small business and qualifications in business administration. Radek is a volunteer at the Bermagui Surf Lifesaving Club in his spare time and lives in the Bega Valley with his family.
M 0469 386 207
Do you live outside our area? CLICK HERE to see additional contacts
If you are located in an area not covered by Anglicare NSW South, NSW West & ACT or Anglicare Sydney (such as Northern NSW or Victoria) please contact one of these organisations:
Lifeline’s Bushfire Recovery Line: 13 43 57
St Vincent De Paul (Vinnies): 13 18 12
Salvation Army: 1300 662 217
Red Cross: 1800 733 276
Services NSW has a Disaster Assistance Finder to help NSW residents find appropriate support through an organisation near you.
List of Evacuation Centres in NSW. Disaster Welfare Assistance Line 1800 018 444.
Emergency Temporary Accommodation by Housing Contact Centre
For emergency temporary accommodation in NSW please call the Housing Contact Centre on 1800 422 322.
For anyone needing urgent advice with insurance claims, social security entitlements or any other urgent legal matters arising from the current fires. You can also seek support from Legal Aid NSW on the their assistance line 1800 801 529.
Shoalcoast Community Legal Centre is open and can provide assistance – you can receive advice, information and referrals from our Centre. Call on 1800 229 529 or email email@example.com to get advice or to make an appointment.
A list of Recovery Programs from previous bushfire emergencies in Australia. In includes reports on emergency outreach, trauma toolkit, recovery programs and resilience.
Resources from Red Cross including disaster preparedness for people with disabilities, chronic illnesses, older people, children and people who are new residents. Other resources include coping strategies, psychological first aid and how to help after an emergency.
Local Land Services and NSW Department of Primary Industries (DPI) are on the grounding providing assistance to landholders who have been impacted by the fires in NSW. For assistance please call 1800 814 647.