NSW Bushfires

LGNSW offers thanks to the mayors, councillors, council staff and emergency services personnel who have shown such dedication to their communities during the ongoing bushfires emergency.

Detailed information on the status of the fires can be viewed at the Rural Fire Service Website

Visit Live Traffic NSW for information on road closures and other travel information. 

Office of Emergency Management recovery information for affected communities

How to protect yourself and others from bushfire smoke (see fact sheet

NSW Planning, Industry and Environment Air Quality Concentration Data (updated hourly)

Assistance for councils

Local, state and federal governments are working together to plan and fund rebuild efforts and the huge task of supporting bush fire affected councils to coordinate and resource clean-up and recovery.

We welcome the appointment of National Recovery Coordinator Andrew Colvin APM OAM who is leading the Federal government’s National Bushfire Recovery Agency – part of the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet and reporting to Minister for Natural Disaster and Emergency Management David Littleproud.

We also continue to work closely with the Office of Emergency Management and other State agencies.

The Federal Government has announced an initial $60 million will be distributed across 42 local government areas, with each council getting an initial $1 million. A further $18 million is to be distributed at the discretion of the new National Bushfire Recovery Agency, to allow for road and bridge repairs, and the reconstruction of local infrastructure including child care centres, sporting facilities, and cycleways. Full details can be found in the Prime Minister's media release.

The NSW Government has announced $1 billion (in addition to the $231 million already committed) over the next two years to rebuild bushfire impacted communities. This funding will prioritise the repair, rebuild and improvement to infrastructure, such as roads, rail-lines, bridges, schools, health facilities and communications facilities, which have been damaged or destroyed by bushfires. The government has also waived the waste levy for bushfire waste generated in 32 council areas (view the list of applicable council areas). All other waste disposal costs will apply. Check with the waste facility in advance to determine the exact cost.

Avenues for Commonwealth bushfire support for Local Government