Bushfire Recovery Centre
The Salvation Army Bushfire Recovery Centre has been helping people through the recovery process since the October 2013 bushfires. This page outlines some of our work, particular around grants. We also acknowledge the support of other expressions of The Salvation Army including: Salvos Stores, particularly Springwood Salvo Store, Salvos Counselling, MoneyCare, Family Tracing Service, Mature Workers Program, Courts and Prisons Services, Salvos Legal, Drug and Alcohol Rehabilitation Services, the Collaroy Centre and their respite programs, Salvation Army Emergency Services, and Springwood Corps.
In the first 5 months after the bushfires in October 2013, The Salvation Army provided substantial assistance to communities that were fire affected. This assistance was very broad, with financial help going to those with total loss of home, significant damage, partial damage, outbuilding damage, landscape loss or affected businesses. A total number of 555 households came to us for support. At that time we were operating out of the Recovery Centre in the Presbyterian Church, and our Relief and Recovery Centre in the Baptist Church, Springwood and our hall in Francis Road, Faulconbridge. We are very thankful to the Baptist Church for letting us use their premises, and for their wonderful volunteers who worked so hard alongside our volunteers. What a blessing they have been!
Apart from financial assistance provided in the Phase 1 support, we were also able to provide items such as:
- New clothing
- New underwear
- New socks
- New shoes
- Blundstone and Steel Blue workboots
- Work clothes
- Make up
- Personal hygiene products
- Baby clothes
- Baby items
- Bed Linen
- New pillows
- Dining ware
- Household items
- Sporting goods
- Hand Bags
- Sleeping bags
- Cleaning products
- Yard tools
- New mattresses
- Salvos Stores vouchers
- Movie tickets
- Coffee Club vouchers
- IGA vouchers
- Woolworths vouchers
- Coles vouchers
- Kmart vouchers
- Concert tickets
- Pet supplies
- Mobile phones
- Home office supplies
- Medical equipment
Phase 1 Closed
Then we moved into an office space in Raymond Road, Springwood. This physical move coincided with the transition to the next phase of recovery support. We no longer provided broad general Phase 1 support to the community, but are focused on providing direct support to those who have experienced total loss of home in the bushfires. This is in the form of Phase 2 Grants.
Introduction of Phase 2
This round of support involves significant grants and is only available for those who have confirmed total loss of home from the bushfires in October 2013. Home owners and renters can apply.
Phase 2 Grants
The two main grants are Rebuild and Set Up. You can apply for either one of these, not both. You can also apply for as many of the remaining four grants as suits your situation.
This grant is available for those who owned the home that was lost in the bushfire, and are going to rebuild. You will need to provide some information as to where you are up to in the rebuilding phase. This could be any documentation from the Council regarding plan approval, invoices from your builder, building contract, etc.
This grant is available for those who were renting the home that was lost in the bushfire, or those who have decided they are not going to rebuild and are going to rent or purchase another property or alternative instead. You will need to provide some information as to where you are in that process, such as proof of your new residential address. If you were renting the home, you will need to provide a letter from the real estate agent or landlord to confirm you were currently leasing that property when it was destroyed. You can also include a leasing agreement from your current rental property. If you were the owner of the property, and are not going to rebuild, you can provide a copy of the contract of the new property purchased, a letter from the real estate agent or conveyancer regarding exchange of contract, or a bill or invoice address to you at the new address.
This grant is available for children up to the age of 18 who would like to participate in a non-school camp, intensive, workshop, event, etc. This could include sports camps, creative arts camps, church camps or holiday camps.
This grant is available for those who have decided to go back into the workforce as a result of the bushfire. This grant is applicable if you need to update certificates or skills to get back into the workforce, or if you would like to train for a different role where you know there is employment, so that you can get a job that will help with the costs or rebuilding/relocating. This grant is also available for those who have obtained an Owner Builders Certificate to rebuild their home.
This grant is available for those who haven’t had a break away from the area since the fires in October 2013. It is also available for grandparents raising grandkids, or those who are caring for an elderly relative at home, or those with young children with special needs.
This grant is available to anyone who would like to access counselling services, either individually or as a couple or family. This grant can be used for all types of counselling including trauma, drug, alcohol, gambling, financial, marriage or relationship counselling. Every household can apply for this grant. You can apply for this grant if you are currently receiving counselling under a Mental Health Plan through your doctor and you would like to continue, you can apply if you are currently seeing a counsellor through a referral from The Salvation Army and you would like to continue, you can apply if you are seeing a counsellor that you have engaged yourself and you would like to continue, and you can apply for this grant is you have not had any counselling so far.
Closing Date for Phase 2
There was no closing date for Phase 2. Trauma affects decision making capability, and for some people it can take a while before major decisions are able to be made. We would rather people feel they have time and support to make the decision that is right for them, rather than feel rushed or pressured into having to think about something they are not ready to think about because they are worried they will miss out.
Summer 2014: Leisure Grant
Second Anniversary 2015: Restoration Grant
Phase 3: Ongoing Support
Landscaping for Occupancy
Closing Date for the Bushfire Recovery Centre
The proposed closing date for the centre will be at the end of December 2016. This will be 3 years, 10 weeks and 5 days since the bushfires. There will be a thanksgiving service at the closure of the office. Details will be made available closer to the event.
The Salvation Army Bushfire Recovery Centre
15-23 Francis Road
Faulconbridge NSW 2776
Phone: 4751 7964
Mobile: 0407 567 826
Wednesday: 8:30am - 4pm
Friday: 8:30am - 5pm
Appointments as always be made out of these hours, if needed.
Additional Services offered by The Salvation Army
For regular welfare assistance with food vouchers and help with bills, please call Penrith Community Welfare Centre on (02) 4721 2725. They are open on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 10am – 12 noon at 306 High Street, Penrith. You can also call the Katoomba Community Welfare Centre on (02) 4782 9251.
Personal, relationship and family counselling in Penrith. Please call (02) 4731 1554
Employment services at Mt Druitt. Please call (02) 8886 2200
Part of our employment services, they also offer a Mature Workers program. Please call (02) 9625 8533, or (02) 9832 2399 for the Mature Workers program. The office is at 6 Colyton Road, Minchinbury.
Our financial counselling service. This is a free and confidential service that can help relieve your stress, help resolve immediate financial problems, help you plan for the future and provide options to help your situation. They do not lend money of provide material aid. Please call Moneycare Penrith on (02) 4732 4571 or Moneycare Blue Mountains on 0447 682 715.
Family Tracing Service
Search and reconciliation service for close relatives who have lost contact. Please call (02) 9211 0277.