Bushfire recovery programs

Information about the Bushfire Recovery Programs which provide support and funding for public land managers and local councils as they recover from the 2019–20 bushfires.

The programs

  • The Bushfire-Generated Green Waste Clean-Up and Processing Program will ensure the appropriate management of remaining green waste generated by the bushfires. 
    Stream A of the program is complete, and successful applicants for Stream B have been announced.
  • The Aboriginal Lands Program supports Aboriginal landowners and communities assess, plan and clean-up waste in bushfire affected areas and install illegal dumping deterrence measures.
    The registration stage is now closed and clean-up activities are underway across the 24 eligible Local Aboriginal Land Councils.
  • The Bushfire Recovery Program for Council Landfills ensures councils are no worse off as a result of receiving bushfire waste at their landfills.
    Phase 1 of the program is complete and successful applicants for Phase 2 have been announced.
  • The FenceCycle Program supports councils to collect and recycle the metal components of burnt rural fencing from rural landholders.
    Applications for this program are now closed and successful applicants have been announced.
  • The Bushfire Dumping Program assists public land managers to clean-up and dispose of bushfire waste that has been illegally dumped on public land and to implement preventative and deterrence measures that will reduce dumping in the future.
    Phase 1 of the program is complete and successful applicants for Phase 2 have been announced.

What are the Bushfire Recovery Programs?

Five individual programs that address ongoing waste challenges from the 2019–20 bushfires in NSW. They address issues relating to Green Waste, Aboriginal Lands, Rural Fencing Waste, Illegal Dumping and Council Landfills.

The three programs targeting illegal dumping, fence recycling and council landfills are funded by the NSW Government, while the green waste and Aboriginal lands clean-up programs are funded under the joint Commonwealth-State Disaster Recovery Funding Arrangements.

Who could apply for them?

The programs were open to public land managers such as Local Aboriginal Land Councils (LALC), Aboriginal land managers, Local Councils, Crown Lands, Forestry Corporation and National Parks and Wildlife Service. Non-government organisations could also apply for the green waste program on behalf of a council.

Who can I contact for more information about the Bushfire Recovery Programs?

You can email your questions to RecoveryandResiliencePrograms@epa.nsw.gov.au or call 131 555.

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