The NSW Government has announced six months of council rates relief to ease the burden for anyone who has lost their home or small business in the recent bush fires.

Member for Myall Lakes Stephen Bromhead said this is another way the NSW Government is doing all it can to help local communities recover and rebuild from the devastating bushfires.

“People who lost their homes in Myall Lakes will not have to pay rates on a home which has been lost in the fires,”

“The last thing Myall Lakes need right now is more financial stress, which is why the NSW Government is doing everything to ease the pressure by funding council rates and picking up the bill for the clean-up, at no cost to owners.

“Our community, our emergency services, our volunteers and our farmers have been outstanding throughout the fires, and we need to be as vigilant in recovery as they are in the face of disaster.

“The NSW Government is committed to cutting red tape and reducing the financial burden for individuals who have lost their homes.

“We stand ready to do all we can to help bushfire-affected communities so they can recover and rebuild as quickly as possible.

The NSW Government will cover the full cost of council rates for the third and fourth quarters of this financial year for residents and farmers who have lost their homes, and business owners whose properties have been destroyed beyond repair by bushfires.

Affected residents that have lost their homes and small businesses will soon be able to take their council rates notice to a Service NSW centre and the Government will cover the cost. Anyone who has already paid their rates will receive a refund.

Anyone needing bushfire assistance is encouraged to call 13 77 88 or visit www.service.nsw.gov.au