The widespread devastation wreaked across South Eastern New South Wales by the 2019-20 bushfires has been widely recognised. Less recognised is that throughout the crisis and beyond, community service organisations have been on the ground providing support to affected individuals, families and communities.
From alert to evacuation to post-fire recovery, providers across a range of sectors including aged care, disability, child and family, homelessness and more have witnessed and experienced first-hand the successes and challenges of disaster recovery.
As the regional peak body for these services, Community Industry Group has met with service providers to gain insight into what worked well, what didn’t work, and what learnings can be implemented to improve outcomes for future disasters.
The South East NSW Bushfire Crisis – Impact, Response & Recovery Report describes the overall impact of the bushfire crisis, as well as the recovery and response processes that took place and/or are currently taking place. Importantly, it also documents some of the personal reflections and stories of the people working to support individuals, families and communities impacted by bushfire – either directly or indirectly. The long term-consequences of the crisis are analysed with recommendations for immediate and future actions included.
Community Industry Group has worked directly with service providers in disaster-affected areas, and has seen and heard first-hand accounts of the impact on individuals, families and communities. We have heard about what has been and is currently being done, what should be done, and how bushfire affected communities are recovering and rebuilding.
The report includes real life examples of the hardships people faced and are currently facing. It also recognises the often extraordinary efforts of community services workers during the crisis, and post-crisis.
Our grateful thanks is extended to these individuals and organisations for so generously giving their time, to ensure this report is thorough and factual.
VIDEO: Aged Care in a bushfire
Bushfires devastated the Far South Coast. We asked Aged Care Providers across Eurobodalla and the Bega Valley what worked, what didn’t and what could be improved?
To read the report click here