Mayor of Blacktown City Council, Councillor Tony Bleasdale (OAM), recently visited the region to present a donation of $30 000 to the Shoalhaven Mayor's Bushfire Relief Fund on behalf of the Blacktown community.
Mayor Bleasdale stipulated that all monies raised by the City of Blacktown are to go directly to people impacted by the bushfires.
To date the Shoalhaven Mayor's Bushfire Relief Fund has disbursed $258,995 to bushfire affected residents in the Shoalhaven with a total of $361,696.18 raised and 265 of phase one grants allocated.
Shoalhaven Mayor Amanda Findley said they were grateful to the people of Blacktown for their generosity in supporting our region as we work to emerge from this bushfire season and its impacts in a better, stronger and more resilient position.
"We are acutely aware that the bushfire recovery process is long and ongoing, with many fire-affected families facing new challenges and needs that come with the colder winter months," the mayor said.
"We will continue to make sure the payments go to individuals and trades people who have been directly impacted and need it the most and are committed to providing residents with ongoing support for the long term."
Mayor Bleasdale said in January Blacktown City Council committed to do whatever it could to assist the councils and communities that were devastated by the bushfires.
"Our Bushfire Appeal raised more than $80,000 in cash donations for bushfire affected communities," he said.
"Council wanted to make sure that our Bushfire Appeal donations went directly to support residents directly affected by the fires, funds are also going to the not-for-profit organisations and the Milton and Nowra Country Women's Association."
Shoalhaven residents who are eligible for assistance from the Shoalhaven Mayor's Bushfire Relief Fund include full-time residents in the Shoalhaven (including renters), and whose home, infrastructure or outbuildings have been damaged or destroyed and tradespeople, including apprentices, who have had vehicles, equipment or tools damaged or destroyed.
If you were directly impacted by the bushfires, and are in immediate need of financial assistance, you can apply for a payment from the Mayor's Relief Fund by completing the application form available on Council's website.
Applications will be considered on a needs basis until the funds run out.