Bushfire Assistance

Register for Bushfire Generated Green Waste Clean-up

Register your expression of interest to participate in the Bushfire Generated Green Waste Clean-up and Processing program

Bushfire Recovery Newsletter

Download the monthly newsletters prepared by Council’s Community Recovery Officer, Rachel Nicoll

Recovery support services

If you have been affected by bushfires, Recovery Support Services will help you in your recovery journey by providing personalised, long-term support.

Register for NSW bushfire clean-up

Register to opt in to the NSW bushfire clean-up

Bush Fire Recovery Guide

Council has developed a guide to all the services and support that is available to those affected by the recent bushfires.

Bushfire Community Grants Program

Lithgow Council is offering communities impacted by the 2019-2020 Summer Bushfires grants of up to $10,000 and above (subject to application and funding availability).

Council news

Lithgow’s Small Businesses Get a Free Helping Hand For Business Challenges and Recovery From Bushfire and Other Events

Lithgow’s Small Businesses Get a Free Helping Hand For Business Challenges and Recovery From Bushfire and Other Events Every business faces exposure to risk, whether it be a natural crisis such as a bushfire or flood, or man-made such as accident or illness. Not having a plan in place in the event of an emergency can seriously compromise your ability to protect your business and act in times of crisis. Lithgow City Council, in partnership with the Strengthening Business Service, part of the...

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Free trauma-related training for frontline workers

Phoenix Australia is offering free workshops across regional Australia to help frontline workers support trauma-impacted employees, colleagues and community members. The training will help anyone who’s on the frontline to better help people affected by the recent bushfires and floods, as well as stressors like COVID-19. Workshops like these are a valuable opportunity to learn new skills, brush up on old ones, and meet other frontline workers in your region. The training offers simple,...

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Lessons from Black Summer: how people experienced the 2019/20 NSW fire season

Community expectations of warnings and information appear to be growing, shows new NSW-based research with UOW: University of Wollongong, Australia, and Macquarie University. The Bushfire and Natural Hazard Cooperative Research Centre spoke to 200+ people and surveyed 1000+ others for a report commissioned by the NSW Rural Fire Service to explore people’s experiences during the Black Summer fires in NSW. The research shows the challenges around community expectations of warnings, with many...

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Residents are invited to attend a free upcoming webinar series offering information for fire-affected communities to rebuild homes for climate and fire resilience

The webinars coincide with the launch of Renew’s Green Rebuild Toolkit (http://greenrebuildtoolkit.com/) a set of online resources, articles, and information to assist fire-affected communities to plan for, retrofit and rebuild their homes to suit our changing climate. As publishers of both Renew and Sanctuary magazine, Renew draws on over forty years of experience in this sector as well as an extensive network of technical experts, architects and designers. The webinars will feature experts...

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Lithgow City Council Awards Funding Under Bushfire Recovery Community Grants Program

At a presentation ceremony with the Mayor Ray Thompson, Lithgow City Council has congratulated ten community organisations that were successful in their applications to support local recovery after the 2019/20 summer bushfires. $62,500 has been made available for projects that contribute to bushfire recovery, preparedness and building on our resilience into the future. Lithgow Council Mayor, Ray Thompson, congratulated all the successful applicants. “We know recovery from significant events is...

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Get Ready Event to Prepare Seniors for Emergencies

As part of this year’s Seniors Festival starting in April, Lithgow City Council and Lithgow Red Cross will be delivering a Get Ready Seniors talk on emergency preparedness for community members. The Lithgow LGA has seen the adversity of extreme weather so being prepared is more important than ever. This event aims to help Seniors make informed choices about preparing and planning for emergencies. Community Recovery Officer Rachel Nicoll said “Our resilience to these events requires everyone...

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Environmental waste recovery initiative to clear Bushfire-Generated dangerous trees.

Lithgow Council is working with the NSW Environment Protection Authority’s Bushfire-Generated Green Waste Clean-Up and Processing Program to assess remaining green waste generated by the 2019/20 bushfires. Impacted residents are being encouraged to register with Council for the program which aims to:    assess and document outstanding green waste generated by the 2019/20 bushfires manage the clean-up of outstanding green waste generated by the 2019/20 bushfires provide...

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Closing Date for Bushfire Recovery Community Grants Program Extended

The closing date for applications under Council’s Bushfire Recovery Community Grants Program has been extended until Friday 21 February 2021. Council has allocated $62,500 for community groups, joint organisations and not-for-profit groups to undertake projects that enhance social recovery and preparedness activities. The program has been made possible by funding from the Federal Government’s National Bushfire Recovery Agency and the NSW State Government’s Resilience NSW as part of the...

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Lithgow City Council hosts important event for bushfire-impacted residents

 Local residents, including Emergency Service volunteers and people impacted by last year's bushfires - came over the weekend for the special event hosted by Lithgow City Council. The Bushfire Recovery & Community Day was a free, Covid-safe event organised to help residents connect with recovery services, plan and prepare for the future and thank RFS and emergency service volunteers following last summer's horror bushfire season - which started in late October and burned into early...

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Local heroes celebrated in Main Street banner campaign

Lithgow City Council’s Local Heroes campaign celebrates the region’s community spirit with a vibrant display of 28 banners lining Main Street between Lithgow and Bridge Streets.  The Local Heroes campaign is a celebration of our community’s resilience and an opportunity to say thank you to the many organisations, services and individuals that have gone above and beyond to support the community through the challenges of bushfires and a pandemic. “There are countless individuals and groups...

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Bushfire Grants

Appreciation of Staff for Working Through Hostile Conditions

It is undoubted that Lithgow Council staff continue to do great work through the regions tough winter conditions. Mayor Ray Thompson visited the Lithgow Council’s Wallerawang depot accompanied by the General Manager to address the workers involved in repairing the water mains on Pipers Flat Road on the 8th of June 2021. The conditions in which the team including traffic control, plant operators, plumbers and supervisors worked through were amongst some of the worst that have been seen...

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Lithgow City Council Free Grant Writing Workshop

Do you have a ‘big idea’ that will benefit the Lithgow community? Are you seeking funding for a project but are unsure how to find, write and apply for grants? Join Lithgow City Council and grant writer Melanie Trethowan to find, apply, write and acquit grants and funding. This one-stop workshop will help you: Learn how to strengthen your application and ensure it matches the funding criteria Gain necessary skills to write a quality funding application Tips to make your application stand out...

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Lithgow’s Small Businesses Get a Free Helping Hand For Business Challenges and Recovery From Bushfire and Other Events

Lithgow’s Small Businesses Get a Free Helping Hand For Business Challenges and Recovery From Bushfire and Other Events Every business faces exposure to risk, whether it be a natural crisis such as a bushfire or flood, or man-made such as accident or illness. Not having a plan in place in the event of an emergency can seriously compromise your ability to protect your business and act in times of crisis. Lithgow City Council, in partnership with the Strengthening Business Service, part of the...

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Farmers Creek Shared Pathways Works

Council is seeking feedback or comments regarding the proposal for further expansion of the Farmers Creek shared pathway project.   The next stage of works to be completed by mid-2022 involves further pathway extensions: Along Inch Street from opposite the Blast Furnace entrance, past Eskbank House Museum, along Bennet, Donald, Gay and Tank Streets to Farmers Creek at Tank Street. This section and the following section will create a loop that connects Farmers Creek, Lake Pillans, Blast...

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Council Connections eNewsletter

Council is committed to keeping our community informed. If you would like to be kept up to date, subscribe to our weekly eNewsletter, Council Connections. Council Connections provides you with the latest news and information across all of Council's facilities for the week in one easy to read eNewsletter delivered to your inbox every Thursday. It’s an easy to read summary of all media releases, council events, opportunities to have your say and positions vacant. Visit our website and...

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Bulky Waste Collection

The Final Bulky Waste Collection for the year is scheduled to commence on 12 July 2021. To take advantage of this service residents should register by midday on Friday 9 July 2021 on Council’s website https://council.lithgow.com/waste-recycling/waste-bulky/ or by contacting customer service on 6354 9999. A booking reference will be provided once registration is successful. On Sunday 11 July 2021, bulky waste should be left where you would normally place your garbage bin for pick up. Council...

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Interruption to Service – Water Supply Lithgow

Council advises that the water supply in the area of the Coalbrook Street, Lithgow may be affected due to a water mains break. Council is undertaking emergency repairs on the reticulation network that services Coalbrook Street, Lithgow. Residents in Coalbrook Street, James Street, Young Street, Hepburn Street and Sandford Avenue may experience a reduction in water pressure or no water. Council cannot advise a time for the completion of repairs, but will aim to minimize the period of...

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Refugee Week Vigil

As Lithgow Council celebrate Refugee week we invite the community to gather for a vigil on June 26th at 7pm in Cook Street Plaza. In 2017 Lithgow Council became a Refugee Welcome Zone. That means that we are a community who welcome refugees, who are committed to upholding the human rights of all people including refugees and asylum seekers and we demonstrate an ongoing commitment to enhancing the cultural and religious diversity of our community. “Refugee week is a chance for us to...

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Create Lithgow – Opportunities for our Creative Young People

Lithgow City Council and the NSW government are proudly working together to present the Youth Opportunities program for our young people. Create Lithgow is an opportunity for local residents between the ages of 12 and 25 to explore the creative industries. Mayor Ray Thompson is excited about the opportunity presented to our young people. “This community has its fair share of talented people. We’ve had many successful musicians and artists come out of Lithgow and these young people are getting...

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State and Federal Government news

Bushfire recovery funding for Lithgow LGA

Lithgow Council will receive up to $250,000 of funding under the Bushfire Community Recovery and Resilience Fund to assist the region in the recovery from last summer’s horrific bushfire season. Large sections of the local government area were impacted by the 2019/20 fires, making the council eligible for funding to support its vast recovery process. This joint Commonwealth and NSW governments funding arrangement allows investment in projects that will directly benefit recovery efforts and...

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Further Support for Primary Producers and Small Businesses in Bushfire Communities

Bushfire-impacted dairy farmers, fruit growers and forestry businesses are set to benefit from recovery funding to help them get back on their feet and back to work, thanks to the NSW Government’s $140 million Bushfire Industry Recovery Package. Deputy Premier and Minister responsible for Disaster Recovery John Barilaro said targeted grants would be available to help the forestry, horticulture, apiculture, aquaculture, viticulture and dairy industries retain and create jobs and support them to...

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Small Business Support Grants

If your small business has experienced a significant decline in revenue as a result of the NSW 2019-2020 bushfires (beginning in August 2019), and it's located within a specified Local Government Area (LGA), you may be eligible for the $10,000 small business support grant. The application process for this grant has been simplified so eligible small businesses can access funds as quickly as possible. The grant may be used for, but is not limited to: meeting standard business costs,...

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$140 million program opens for bushfire impacted forestry, horticulture and agriculture industries.

Bushfire-impacted dairy farmers, fruit growers and forestry businesses are set to benefit from recovery funding to help them get back on their feet and back to work, thanks to the NSW Government’s $140 million Bushfire Industry Recovery Package. Deputy Premier and Minister responsible for Disaster Recovery John Barilaro said targeted grants would be available to help the forestry, horticulture, apiculture, aquaculture, viticulture and dairy industries retain and create jobs and support them to...

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NSW Bushfire Clean Up

Register to opt in to the NSW bushfire clean up The NSW Government and the Commonwealth are covering the full cost of cleaning up eligible NSW properties that have been destroyed by bushfires since July 2019. To register or further information can be found on Service NSW website at www.service.nsw.gov.au/transaction/register-opt-nsw-bushfire-clean

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Support agencies news

Step by Step Recovery Support Services

Recovery from bushfires is a step by step process.  It can help to have someone walk with you for part of the journey. Step by Step workers can provide you with support: Accessing grants and payments Dealing with paperwork and applications Being linked with recovery services and assistance Dealing with insurance Getting emotional support Being kept informed about recovery assistance Having someone to talk with who understands To speak with a Step by Step worker call: 0417 298 832 Or...

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Mental Health Assistance

Mental Health Assistance for people impacted by fires and drought: Rural Adversity Mental Health Program – Local Coordinator Sonia Cox - 0448 125 676 Sonia.Cox@health.nsw.gov.au www.nbmphn.com.au/Community/Bushfire-Support Free counselling and additional mental health support for individuals, families and emergency services workers affected by the bushfires. www.humanservices.gov.au/individuals/subjects/how-get-mental-health-support Mental health support for bushfire affected communities...

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