Some of the more than 70 houses and businesses destroyed by a bushfire in the coastal town of Tathra, Monday, March 19, 2018. RFS and NSW Fire and Rescue continue to mop up and douse smouldering homes after a devastating fire ripped through the community yesterday and overnight. (AAP Image/Dean Lewins)
The PM Malcolm Turnbull and the Federal Minister for Emergency Services, Angus Taylor, have announced Tathra residents will be eligible for the National Disaster Relief Scheme, which will ensure ongoing and immediate support for those impacted by the fire. This includes support for infrastructure. This comes on top of the NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian announcing the appointment of a disaster coordinator-general, Ewen Ferguson, earlier this afternoon. The Prime Minister, Minister and Premier have all been in Bega this afternoon, lending their support to residents at the evacuation centre at the showground and also to praise firefighters.
MORE FIRE news coming through....The Tathra Fire Official Mayor Appeal fund has just been set up. Authorities are asking people who want to help to donate money to this official fund, they've asked us to thank everyone who has donated goods, they say there is now enough, and if people want to help they can ring 64992345...and make a donation. That's the number for the Mayoral Appeal Fund.
More information here: https://www.begavalley.nsw.gov.au/cp_themes/default/page.asp?p=DOC-EXJ-60-54-35
Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull is seen with Sharon Kelly from the Bundendore RFS during a visit to the evacuation centre in Bega, Monday, March 19, 2018. Authorities say they will let residents back into the fire-ravaged NSW town of Tathra once it is made safe, with airborne asbestos among their concerns. (AAP Image/Dean Lewins)