Government To Give Emergency Cash To Bushfire Victims

Immediate financial support will be made available to those hit by devastating bushfires in northern NSW, the federal government has announced.

The Australian Government Disaster Recovery Payment and the Disaster Recovery Allowance have been activated to provide that assistance.

Natural Disaster and Emergency Management Minister David Littleproud said on Sunday the Disaster Recovery Payment would immediately put cash into the pockets of those in need.

"This provides $1000 for eligible adults and $400 for eligible children," he said in a statement.

The ruins of a house smoulders on Old Bar road near Taree, NSW. Image: AAP

"The payment is available to people whose homes has been severely damaged or destroyed, who have been seriously injured or who have lost a family member in the fires.

"This is cash in the hand to give families dignity and help them recover from the fires," Littleproud said.



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Three deaths have already been confirmed in the NSW fires and there are fears this number could rise.

At least 150 homes have been destroyed by the fires although this number is likely to climb as detailed assessments begin.

Dave Webster and Graham Rogers armed with buckets of water prepare to protect their property at Old Bar, NSW on Saturday. Image: AAP

The recovery payment is available in the Glen Innes Severn, Kempsey, Mid Coast, Nambucca, Port Macquarie-Hastings and Walcha local government areas.

The government has also activated the Disaster Recovery Allowance providing 13 weeks income support for people who have lost their income as a direct result of the fires.

The allowance is available in Coffs Harbour, Kempsey, Mid-Coast, Nambucca and Port Macquarie-Hastings local council areas.



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"These fires have taken lives, destroyed homes and devastated local communities.

"We are committed to helping communities recover by making sure they have the support they need," Littleproud said.

Both payments are available from midday on Sunday.