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9 months ago

Almost $500,000 in relief for bushfire affected residents

9 months ago

Almost $500,000 in relief for bushfire affected residents

More than 100 applicants will receive financial support through the Mayoral Bushfire Relief Fund with the funds to support bushfire affected residents in the Snowy Monaro.

Each of the 128 applications successfully secured a portion of the fund’s $483,000 pool, which will assist those residents who have had their homes, outbuildings and fences destroyed.

The Mayoral Bushfire Relief Fund was established through the Federal Government’s Disaster Recovery Fund to provide equitable relief to those directly affected by bushfires in the Snowy Monaro.

Snowy Monaro Regional Council Mayor Peter Beer said he is pleased the funds are now on their way to bushfire affected residents.

“Our bushfire recovery team is making contact with the successful applicants and I’m pleased the fund will assist more than 100 residents across the Snowy Monaro,” Mayor Beer said.

“Bushfire recovery is still ongoing throughout the region and we know there are still many people grappling from the devastating fires.

“Our thoughts are still with the affected residents and together we can navigate the road to recovery.”

Funding has been allocated across four categories: destroyed primary residence, outbuildings, fences and waste certificates to the value of $500 that can be used at the region’s waste facilities.

Ratepayers advised of changes to the NSW Government’s Fire and Emergency Services Levy

9 months ago

Fire and Emergency Services Levy (FESL) appearing on rates notices is not a Council charge. Councils across the state will collect the levy on behalf of the NSW Government with the new system coming into play on July 1, 2017.

Snowy Monaro Regional Council is advising ratepayers that the Fire and Emergency Services Levy (FESL) appearing on rates notices is not a Council charge. Councils across the state will collect the levy on behalf of the NSW Government with the new system coming into play on July 1, 2017.

The NSW Government is introducing a fairer system for collecting the levy that funds fire and emergency services across the state. At the moment, individuals and businesses that buy property insurance contribute the majority of funding for the NSW Fire and Rescue, NSW Rural Fire Service, and the State Emergency Service. Together these organisations help protect the Snowy Monaro region from fire, floods and other natural disasters.

Currently, NSW property owners who insure their properties are subsidising households who don’t purchase home and contents insurance.

Snowy Monaro Regional Council Administrator, Dean Lynch, said the levy, to be paid by all property owners, is not part of Council’s rates and will be clearly identified as a separate item on the rates notice.

“The amount of the Fire and Emergency Service Levy for each property will be set by the NSW Government and determined by land classifications and unimproved land values,” Administrator Lynch said.

“The NSW Valuer General is responsible for determining unimproved land values, while councils identify which land classification properties fall into.”

If you disagree with your property’s classification, you can request a review by Snowy Monaro Regional Council. You can contact Council on 1300 345 345.

Administrator Lynch said fire and severe weather events do not discriminate, and the community rightly expects that firefighting and SES services are available to everyone in their time of need.

“In the last few years the Snowy Monaro community experienced a fire/flood/storm event requiring the much needed assistance of our local RFS/SES. “

“It is only fair that all property owners contribute to these services rather than relying on the insured.

“Snowy Monaro property owners and businesses can rest assured that while Council will now be collecting the Fire and Emergency Services Levy, their rates remain protected.”

The NSW Government’s rate protection commitment means residents of the new council will pay no more for their rates than they would have under their old council for the next three years.

For more detailed information on the NSW Government’s Fire and Emergency Levy, visit: www.fesl.nsw.gov.au or call 1300 78 78 72.

 

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