Help for Flood Affected in Bushfire Impacted Areas

Shoalhaven City Council has partnered with ‘GIVIT’ to ensure those impacted by the recent floods in bushfire impacted areas obtain the essential items and services they need.

GIVIT – Goods For Good Causes is an online, not-for-profit that coordinates the distribution of quality donated goods and services by connecting and inspiring an online network of givers.

Mayor Amanda Findley said, “Our hearts go out to those who have endured the fires and are now dealing with floodwaters and further damage to their properties.

“Council has been contacted by numerous people who want to help those impacted by the recent flooding. GIVIT is a great way to for those in need to access items and services that have been donated,” said Clr Findley.

Donated items such as tarps, tents, bedding, fans, dehumidifiers, and more can be accessed by logging details on the GIVIT website. To access donated support through GIVIT, you must first connect with a support organisation that is able to assess your needs. To find support organisations in your area that are already registered to use GIVIT, please go to givit.org.au/need-help/individuals.

If you have been impacted by the floods and are seeking assistance, please call Council’s Recovery Hotline on 02 4429 5888.

If you were directly impacted by the bushfires or floods, and need financial assistance, you can apply for a payment from the Shoalhaven City Council’s Mayor’s Relief Fund by completing the application form available on Council’s website. Applications will be considered on a needs basis until the funds run out.

Shoalhaven residents who are eligible for assistance from the Shoalhaven Mayor’s Relief Fund include full-time residents in the Shoalhaven (including renters), and whose home, infrastructure or outbuildings have been damaged or destroyed and tradespeople, including apprentices, who have had vehicles, equipment or tools damaged or destroyed.

If you would like to donate, access the Shoalhaven City Council’s Mayor’s Relief Fund online through the Give Now website, or by EFT via Shoalhaven City Council.

Photo caption: John Fisher is one of 13 people who recently received a generator through GIVIT, following the fire damage to his property in Illaroo on 4 January.

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