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Bushfire recovery centre open at Bega Civic Centre, your ‘one stop shop’ for assistance

Lisa Herbert13 January 2020
BVSC Mayor Kristy McBain urges those affected by bushfires to come and register for assistance. Photo: Supplied

BVSC Mayor Kristy McBain urges those affected by bushfires to come and register for assistance. Photo: Supplied

The Bega Valley’s Bushfire Recovery Centre is now open and located in the Bega Valley Commemorative Civic Centre.

The Recovery Centre, which is being managed by the NSW Department of Justice’s Office of Emergency Management in partnership with the Bega Valley Shire Council, is a ‘one-stop shop’,
providing information and practical assistance to people affected by the bushfire emergency across the Shire.

Due to the breadth and extent of the disaster, a mobile recovery team is also being established and will be setting up in our smaller towns and localities on a rotating basis to make it easier for those living in more remote areas to also access these services.

Bega Valley Shire Council Mayor, Cr Kristy McBain, is strongly urging anyone impacted by the bushfires to register at the Recovery Centre.

“These are very challenging times and it is vital that those in our community who have and are experiencing difficulties are fully supported through the recovery process,” Cr McBain said.

“It was very clear following the Tathra event in 2018, that having all support agencies and organisation available in one place proved extremely beneficial for those impacted at the time.”

“Government and non-government services have been brought together and are standing ready to aid in the restoration of emotional, social, economic and physical wellbeing.”

No enquiry is too big or small; the services are there to help and support everyone who has been impacted and will be available until the support is no longer needed.

Registration is a confidential and straight forward process and can be done by visiting the Recovery Centre in Zingel Place, Bega, or calling the Recovery Centre hotline on (02) 6499 2345.

The Recovery Centre is open 7 days a week from 9.00 am – 5.00 pm on weekdays and 10.00 am – 4.00 pm on weekends.

What's Your Opinion?

4 Responses to Bushfire recovery centre open at Bega Civic Centre, your ‘one stop shop’ for assistance

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Sherryn Bellis Sherryn Bellis 6:13 am 15 Jan 20

Personally I think Council are doing a great job on many fronts throughout this crisis. Their staff are working nonstop to get our services back and our roads open etc. it’s easy to criticise but I think we also need to acknowledge the good work done by all.

Susanne Page Susanne Page 10:57 am 14 Jan 20

Eurobodalla has set up the same.Already in operation in Batemans Bay.

Julie Klugman Julie Klugman 9:26 pm 13 Jan 20

Well done. Bega council so so much further ahead than here in eurobodalla...

    Nina Shatifan Nina Shatifan 7:35 am 14 Jan 20

    Yes, Bega Council has a more progressive Council than Eurobodalla. Along with dozens of Councils, Bega declared a climate emergency last year. Eurobodalla Council rejected a motion to do likewise. At the time, Cr. Rob Pollack said the word 'emergency' was too 'emotive'. Well, hopefully he and other Councillors now accept the enormity of emotional distress of climate affected disasters.

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