Bushfire Recovery

Targeted support to meet the recovery needs of bushfire impacted communities and industries across NSW.

Regional Recovery Programs

Photo: Robert Walwyn took this photo at Bells Line of Road, Bilpin, after the bushfires. He sold the print for $500 and then donated the money to the Blue Mountains Bushfire Mayoral Relief Fund. 

Approximately $4.4 billion has been committed to the bushfire response, recovery and preparedness efforts in NSW, including $3 billion from the NSW Government.

As part of this, the Department of Regional NSW has rolled out targeted initiatives and investments to support recovery, generate jobs, and build more resilient communities and industries in the regions most impacted by the devastating 2019/20 bushfires.

 The three key programs being delivered in partnership with Resilience NSW are:

  1. The Bushfire Local Economic Recovery (BLER) Fund – more than $500 million co-funded with the Australian government
  2. Bushfire Industry Recovery Package (BIRP) - Supply Chain Support Grants – $65.8 million and Sector Development Grants – $72.3 million co-funded with the Australian government under the BLER Fund.
  3. Bushfire Community Resilience and Recovery Fund – Phase 1 – more than $7.5 million co-funded with the Australian government

The Department of Regional NSW and Public Works also coordinated the Bushfire Clean-up Program; clearing over 3,600 properties.

More than 600 grants funded

The interactive map below shows the diverse community, infrastructure and industry projects already being supported by the Bushfire Local Economic Recovery (BLER) Fund, Bushfire Industry Recovery Package and Bushfire Community Resilience and Recovery Fund.

The map includes programs such as:

Two school age children, one with short hair and one with a pony tail, running between two rows of vines
The Bushfire Local Economic Recovery (BLER) Package is part of the $4.5 billion bushfire support program co-funded by the Australian and NSW governments for bushfire recovery, response and preparedness in NSW.
Apple Orchard
The NSW Government has provided funding for 486 Supply Chain Support Grants to support forestry, horticulture and agriculture industries impacted by the 2019/20 bushfires to rebuild, recover, regrow and remain the heartbeat of regional economies.
Bushfire assistance
The NSW Government provided between $100,000 and $250,000 to councils in bushfire-impacted Local Government Areas to fund projects that support the immediate recovery needs of communities and help build resilience and hope for the future.
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