Tourists return to bushfire-ravaged NSW communities
Tourists are starting to return to bushfire-ravaged towns on the New South Wales South Coast, and areas cut off by the fires are also bouncing back. Some business owners in regions cut off during the bushfire crisis reported sale losses of up to 70 per cent. Australians have been urged to buy from bushfire-ravaged communities to help them get back on their feet following the crisis.
One of the largest disaster recovery operations in Australia's history is underway as the regions hardest hit by the bushfires begin to rebuild.
Tathra on the New South Wales far south coast has been left devastated after a fast-moving bushfire ripped through dozens of homes and businesses. It is
Recovery operations in communities on the New South Wales south coast are getting underway in earnest this week as the country continues to count the cost of the bushfire crisis.
NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian has appointed recovery coordinators in bushfire impacted regions to streamline communication between the various levels of government and other relief agencies.
The southern NSW recovery coordinator, Dick Adams, described the task ahead as the largest disaster recovery operation in Australia's history.
NSW South Coast towns 'open for business'
Batemans Bay business owners want all tourists to know their town is back and 'open for business' now the area has been declared as safe from devastating bushfire threats. Tourists have started to return to some bushfire-ravaged towns on the New South Wales South Coast however Batemans Bay locals are asking for more holiday goers to add an economic boost to the local economy. Some business owners in regions cut off during the bushfire crisis reported sale losses of up to 70 per cent. Australians have been urged to buy from bushfire-ravaged communities to help them get back on their feet following the crisis.
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More than 2,000 homes have been destroyed and hundreds more have been damaged across the state since the start of the fire season.
Former fleet air commander, Vince Di Pietro, has been appointed as recovery coordinator for the Shoalhaven region on the NSW south coast.
He has been tasked with the complex task of overseeing the rebuilding of communities in a region where almost everyone has been impacted by fire.
"About 80 per cent of the land area of the Shoalhaven has been impacted or burned in some way," Mr Di Pietro said.
"Although we're not the worst hit in terms of damage to property, we're certainly up there, with 280 houses destroyed and many more damaged by fire."
Mr Di Pietro said he had been given four main areas to focus on during the recovery phase including infrastructure, social, environmental, and economic impacts.
Turia Pitt launches online campaign to help with fire affected communities
Bushfire survivor Turia Pitt is launching a new campaign to help local businesses affected by the bushfires on the New South Wales South Coast. The motivational speaker told Sky News ‘Spend With Them’ is an online platform for profiling businesses and fire-affected communities. “It’s about supporting local businesses in fire-affected communities…we are trying to do whatever we can do to help and be as useful as we can be,” she said. “This campaign is an awesome way for people to show their support for local businesses and fire-affected communities.
The New South Wales deputy fire commissioner, Rob Rogers, is urging tourists to return to the south coast . Areas of Shoalhaven and the south coast Here is some more on the weather conditions ahead this week, this time in Victoria and South Australia. First to Victoria, the Bureau of Meteorology
Relief at last: Bushfire - ravaged communities are set to see 'significant' rain - but firefighters fear thunderstorms could spark new blazes. Rain is expected on parts of the state most severely affected by bushfires in recent weeks, with the Snowy Mountains and South Coast forecast to receive rain
He had been tasked with determining: "What buildings need to be recovered, how we carry out impact assessments, and how quickly the damage needs to be repaired," he said.
"The social aspect: how people have been affected, especially Indigenous communities considering the Shoalhaven's rich Indigenous population.
"How to manage the environment and repair the environmental damage, and finally, the economic impact and making sure we get back to business and normality as soon as we can."
Tourists return to boost local economies
Favourable conditions have allowed the Rural Fire Service (RFS) to give tourists the green light to return to these communities — an important step in rebuilding the seasonal economies.
Pauline Hanson slams Scott Morrison over his 'pathetic' response to the bushfire crisis - and says he's lost confidence from Australia
One Nation leader Pauline Hanson described as 'pathetic' Prime Minister Scott Morrison's plan to spend $2billion rebuilding bushfire-damaged communities. She explained the 'backlash'.The federal government has this week announced it would dedicate $2billion over two years to rebuild fire-ravaged communities, with more than 7million hectares burnt so far.
Blaze fanned by strong winds destroys up to 70 properties but no one reported missing so far.
PICTURED: Mother, 31, and her boyfriend, 38, accused of 'looting shops in fire - ravaged town and A young mother and her boyfriend allegedly raided a shop which had been burned by bushfires and Pobjie was arrested in Narooma and Elton was arrested in Tilba Tilba, both on the NSW south coast
They have been told to bring their wallets but to remain vigilant for the potential for conditions to change.
"The Shoalhaven is open for business — but there are limitations which need to be kept in mind when people start to come back to visit," Mr Di Pietro said.
Meanwhile, evacuation centres in Nowra and Ulladulla have been transitioned into recovery centres offering people in need access to services to get them back on their feet.
The mayor of the Shoalhaven, Amanda Findlay, said one of the hardest parts of the recovery stage would be making sure people know about what services are available to them.
"How many times have I heard people say, 'it's OK, there are people worse off than me," she said.
"Everything here is for you to make sure you're looked after and cared for so please come into the recovery centre.
"Whether you're a tenant that's lived in a house that's destroyed, or you're a home owner whose house has been impacted — please make yourselves known to the services so we can get you the help you need."
How to spend relief money?
Meanwhile decisions will also need to be made about the best way to use the $1.2 billion pledged by the Berijiklian Government and the $2 billion national fund set up by the Federal Government.
Japan sends two planes and 71 military personnel to assist with bushfire recovery
Two Japanese military planes along with 71 personnel have arrived in Australia to assist with the bushfire recovery efforts. The two C130 transport planes not only carried the military personnel but also vital equipment.The planes will be used to help transport recovery equipment and personnel to fire ravaged areas.The assistance from Japan is a reciprocation of Australia’s military aid in Japan’s 2011 Earthquake and Tsunami crisis.Japan joins New Zealand, Fiji, Canada, the US, and Papua New Guinea as the latest nation to lend a helping hand during Australia’s disastrous bushfire crisis.
Tathra has been left devastated after a fast-moving bushfire ripped through dozens of homes and businesses.
The Victorian bushfire death toll has risen to four after a firefighter died battling a blaze in the state’s Favourable conditions could allow tourists to return to the NSW South Coast but firefighters are still Firefighters and residents in fire -affected communities will be able to access more free psychological
Residents directly impacted by the fires are entitled to a one-off Disaster Recovery Payment of $1,000 for adults or $400 for children.
Fire-affected councils have been given a $1 million cash injection for critical infrastructure repairs.
In the NSW Southern Highlands, where around 45 homes have been destroyed, the money will go towards repairing damaged roads and cleaning up rubbish and debris.
"It will allow us to remove the fallen trees around Balmoral and help manage the amount of rubbish created by the fire in Wingello, Penrose, Bundanoon and Exeter — they're all in the same boat," Wingecarribee Mayor Duncan Gair said.
"But in the southern communities [of the South Coast] who lost hundreds of homes, a million dollars will only skim the surface down there."
Mayor Findlay said the money would help but ultimately the community needed to come forward and ask for help and be part of the rebuilding process.
"Council will be using the money to get all those essential things up and running and return to normal," she said.
"The number one priority right now is the people — if people see something that does need to be done let council know."
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Three charged as police patrol fire-ravaged South Coast for looters .
Police charged a man carrying a screwdriver and a bandanna near homes, while another man was allegedly found with a crowbar and torches.Looters targeting homes on the state's fire-ravaged South Coast will face the "full force of the law", authorities warn, after police charged people for trespassing and carrying tools including a crowbar.