NSW Bushfires

As we brace for more dangerous bushfire conditions during what is forecast to be a long, hot summer, LGNSW offers thanks to the mayors, councillors, council staff and emergency services personnel who have shown such dedication to their communities during the ongoing emergency.

The Premier has declared a state of emergency and this has implications for the way our NSW emergency services personnel engage with councils, including use of our precious water supplies.

The NSW Government has 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.

We welcome the appointment of Recovery Coordinator Euan Ferguson, and we will continue to work closely with him and the Office of Emergency Management in the areas that need to recover and rebuild.

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

For more information about recovery arrangements it is recommended you visit the Office of Emergency Management Website where detailed recovery information will be available on:

We understand that as we move into a recovery phase, support will primarily be needed in the form of money (to charities) and equipment and personnel). LGNSW is a member of the State Recovery Committee and is working closely with OEM and OLG in particular, in coordinating assistance from non-affected councils that have capacity and willingness to assist affected councils with recovery.

If your council can help or if you need help, please email  Damian Thomas or Shaun McBride at LGNSW or Chris Allen at OLG. 

How you can help

If you wish to donate to fire affected communities, here are the main groups working on the ground and accepting donations:

NSW Rural Fire Service

The Salvation Army disaster appeal

The Australian Red Cross

The St Vincent de Paul Society

The Lions Clubs is raising money for victims and firefighters on the Mid North Coast. 

Koalas in Care and the Rescue Collective wildlife rescue groups 

GoFundme also features a number of local fund raisers for affected families and communities.