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How the City of Sydney supports bushfire recovery

We’re working with councils that have been affected.


When the fires have passed, roads and paths will need to be resurfaced, light poles erected, waste removed and trees planted.

Coordinating support from councils across the state

In partnership with the NSW Government and Local Government NSW, we’ve established the Local Government Bushfire Recovery Support Group. This will link assistance from non-bushfire affected councils to communities in need.

The group logs service vehicles and staff local councils have available, so resources can be sent to help recovery efforts statewide.

This means that some City of Sydney staff and vehicles will be out in other parts of the state for some time. This may have a minor impact on our regular services, but we’ll let you know if it does and thank you for your patience and support.

Supporting families and friends of local residents

We offer temporary parking permits to those affected by the bushfires who may be staying with friends and family.

Find out if you or an affected person staying with you can get a permit by calling us during business hours on 02 9265 9333.

People across the nation have bound together to support those affected by the bushfires. Millions of dollars have been raised through fundraising efforts of individuals, governments and businesses.

The best way to show your support is to donate to one of these charities:

We've donated $620,000 to support communities and wildlife impacted by bushfire and drought, and raised $13 million with the ABC during Sydney New Year's Eve.

Donating goods

While affected communities are grateful for the donations of food and supplies so far, they request these are no longer provided directly. There simply aren't enough resources to manage and distribute donated goods as efforts are focused on rebuilding local communities.

If you have goods that you would like to donate, please contact Givit. Givit has been engaged by the NSW Government to coordinate the distribution of goods.

Take part in a local event

Sydneysiders are showing their community spirit by running events to help those affected.

Here’s a few events from What’s On that support the bushfire recovery effort.

Music for Our Country

Sydney’s classical music community presents an evening of music from some of Australia’s most talented musicians. 100% of ticket and bar sales from the evening will go to 3 charities supporting the bushfire crisis.

Thursday 30 January, 7pm to 9pm

Sewing workshops for injured wildlife

Sewing workshops for injured wildlife at Juanita Nielsen Centre
Sewing workshops for injured wildlife at Juanita Nielsen Centre

Volunteer your time to help injured wildlife with these workshops at the Juanita Nielsen Community Centre. You’ll help with sewing, cutting and packing to create pouches for some of the wildlife injured in the fires.

Wednesdays throughout January, 10am to 12pm

Artists to the Rescue in support of NSW bushfires

Sydney artists auction their artwork at this fundraiser, with a percentage of the profits to be donated to organisations including WIRES and the NSW Rural Fire Service.

Saturday 25 January, 4pm to 7pm

Bands Next Door: UTS Bushfire Appeal

Bands Next Door: UTS Bushfire Appeal
Bands Next Door: UTS Bushfire Appeal

The University of Technology and 2ser FM team up for an evening of live music, sausage sizzles and drinks. Proceeds from drinks and food will be given to selected charities and you can donate at the door, too.

Friday 31 January 2020 from 5pm to 11pm

Published 16 January 2020, updated 20 January 2020

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