NSW Bushfire Support

Surf Life Saving NSW has a number of resources available to assist our clubs and members as they recover from the NSW bushfires.

The bushfires across NSW had a devastating impact on our communities, our clubs and our members. Surf Life Saving NSW and our volunteer lifesavers responded with unprecedented compassion, heroism, resilience and support to thousands of community members impacted by the bushfires across NSW. Support continues to be available to those impacted by the bushfires.

SLSNSW will be updating this information over the next month as councils implement more programs with the reduction of isolation restrictions.

There will also continue to be mental health and wellbeing resources. If you have any concerns or would like to discuss assistance, please contact the SLSNSW Member Welfare Officer, Stacey Dunn at memberwelfare@surflifesaving.com.au or on 0455 726 221.


Member Welfare & Support

With all the challenges and changes that members and Surf Life Saving has faced since late last year, it is not unexpected for some to be asking what now? Some people have been able to move on while others are still struggling and there are even now, so many emotions involved in this journey.

Remember that recovery is a long process and some days will be better than others.

Take steps to look after your mental health:

  • Make time for relaxation and hobby activities
  • Catch up with family and friends
  • Accept that there are still going to be bad days
  • Accept or seek help when it is needed
  • Surf Life Saving have professional crisis counselling available 24x7 over the phone following an incident through Assure. They are available on 1800 808 374, and this service is independent of SLSNSW and offered free of charge.

Government Assistance & Information

  • National Bushfire Recovery Agency – A government recovery agency to provide as many resources in one place as possible
  • Bega Valley Shire Council Bushfire Recovery Centre – A local government site that includes council works and, vital services information. It is being updated regularly with how to and where to source assistance for recovery efforts locally.
  • MidCoast Council Bushfire Recovery  - A local government site that includes recovery assistance, fee relief community works and get togethers. It has new information including the June 2020 newsletter which has a wonderful wellbeing sell assessment.

Financial Support & Assistance

In response to the ongoing bushfires in NSW, assistance has been activated for affected individuals and organisations. 

Applications are still open for Natural Disaster Government grants and loans (open until Aug 2020)

Disaster Assistance for Individuals and Organisations – NSW Bushfires (August 2019 onwards)