Assistance for Bushfire Affected Communities

Posted on October 23rd, 2013 · Posted in News

Infinity Partners Finance offers its deepest sympathies to those who were and are still affected by the recent bushfires in NSW.  We understand that the devastation is far reaching and not only impacts individuals but communities as a whole.  Times like these are emotionally, physically and financially difficult.  By offering the information below we hope to alleviate some concern regarding our client’s and their family’s financial commitments.

NSW Premier Barry O’Farrell has committed NSW Government agencies to providing a coordinated response to the current bushfire emergency and provide support to those in need.  “This morning I have spoken to the Prime Minister and I can assure all affected communities that everything is being done by the State and Federal Governments get urgent help to people needing assistance.”

In the first instance, people who have lost their homes in the fire should contact Centrelink and their own insurer.  For those unable to return home, evacuation centres have been set up and staff from the Department of Family and Community Services together with non-government organisations are coordinating emergency housing, clothing, toiletries, blankets, food and counselling.

Home Loans : Contact your lender directly to see how they may assist you or provide additional support.  Many lenders have Disaster Relief Packages available to their customers.  It is best to discuss this with them directly as there are a number of options available regarding repayments, credit cards, business loans, personal loans etc.

Disaster Relief Grants : Financial assistance is available under the NSW Disaster Relief Scheme for people affected by disaster who are experiencing financial hardship and who are unable to meet the cost of repairs for essential housing contents and/or structural repairs to their homes.  To apply for financial assistance call 1800 018 444.

School Closures & HSC : The Board of Studies NSW has advised HSC students in bushfire affected areas to contact their school if they are unsure if exams will occur, or if it is unsafe for them to reach an examination venue.  If a student is cut off from their exam centre by a natural disaster, they may attend a neighbouring school on exam day, if it is safe to do so.  Students unable to attend an examination due to a natural disaster are eligible to lodge an Illness/Misadventure appeal to ensure they are not disadvantaged.  Parents and carers should contact their school directly to check on closures – however, most of the closures of government schools are listed online.

Donations: The Salvation Army has commenced an October 2013 Bush Fire Appeal.  To donate, please call 13 72 58 or make a donation online. We are currently advised that the evacuation centres are suitable resources and do not require blankets or other items.

General Advice: People should continue to monitor their local radio stations and/or go online to the NSW Rural Fire Service website or the State Emergency Services website for the latest information related to current NSW bushfires.  The RFS Bush Fire line is 1800 679 737.  In all emergencies remember to call Triple Zero (000)

Infinity Partners Finance would be more than happy to assist where we can.  We understand this is an extremely hard time.  Please do not hesitate to contact us if you need any further information regarding your lender and their Disaster Relief Package.