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HIA’s bushfire recovery response

January 12, 2020

HIA Members have rallied around their fellow members and their communities to help in the current bushfires. Many of the fires are still underway and have caused unprecedented levels of destruction and loss of life. Our thoughts go to all those affected communities. HIA is working to connect members who need help with those who are able to provide it. HIA is also working with government agencies to do whatever we can to assist, whether it be providing temporary accommodation, rebuilding, repairs, new tools and anything else that will help members get back up and running. Read HIA's Member Alert here.

Prior to Christmas 2019, the fire emergency was in the north of the state and the Blue Mountains and during the Christmas and New Year period, the emergency was predominantly to the south east and southern highlands areas of NSW with even greater impact to homes and townships.

HIA’s response in the first instance has been the welfare of our members and staff in those areas affected by the fires as well as to connect with the relevant authorities on the response and recovery processes.

The NSW Government has appointed two Bushfire Recovery Coordinators to oversee what will be a long and difficult recovery process. These are Mr Euan Ferguson (North Coast, Mid North Coast, Northern Tablelands Regions) and Mr Dick Adams (South East and Southern Highlands Regions).

The State Government has also announced $1 billion over two years to fund the rebuilding of infrastructure destroyed by the fires. An additional $231 million has been allocated to support firefighting efforts, small business grants and a range of community services. Read the Premier’s release here.

HIA has developed a summary of support contacts to share with members with relevant links which you can access here

We will keep members up to date with how they can help further and our thoughts go out to those members that have been affected by the fires across Australia.