Bushfire victims in Glen Innes, Armidale, Walcha and Tenterfield to get another year of government support

REGROWING: Thousands of people in communities like Torrington, pictured in January, lost homes or lives in last summer's bushfires. Photo: Andrew Messenger
REGROWING: Thousands of people in communities like Torrington, pictured in January, lost homes or lives in last summer's bushfires. Photo: Andrew Messenger

Bushfire-affected communities will get another year of government support.

Glen Innes Severn, Tenterfield, Walcha and Armidale council areas were badly hit by bushfires last year, and the government has announced help will be on offer until the end of 2021.

Recovery support workers will continue to help locals navigate the bureaucracy of disaster support funding, while the councils will also continue to have access to one of 22 Local Recovery Officers funded by state and Commonwealth governments.

The state and federal government this week announced aid funded through the Disaster Recovery Funding Arrangement will continue for another year.

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New England MP Barnaby Joyce said anyone who needs help on the next steps in their recovery should make contact with their local Recovery Support Service.

"These free services are there to help everyone impacted by the bushfires and no case is too big or too small, so don't feel like you're burdening anyone, they're here to help," he said.

Deputy Premier John Barilaro said locally-based recovery support services have made an immense difference in helping people who have lost homes to last year's horror fires.

"Having a real person from your own community, who can listen and help you through the day to day challenges can be a game-changer," he said.

The funding also helped charities provide over 200 temporary pod homes to homeless bushfire victims.

Both levels of governments confirmed emergency accommodation was given to 8,000 people during last summer's bushfires.

Some 4,200 families have accessed their local Recovery Support Service across NSW.

This story Local bushfire support to continue until the end of 2021 first appeared on The Armidale Express.