Disaster Recovery Payments can provide one-off-lump sum payments

The Kian Rd fire burning west of Macksville is now more than 21,800 hectares in size and continues to be out of control.

The fire is burning in the areas of Warrell Creek, Allgomera Creek, Bullingary, Taylors Arm, Burrapine and Congarinni.

Firefighters are working to protect properties and establish containment lines.

The fire is at Watch and Act level - residents should monitor conditions and take advice from firefighters in the area.

Follow your bush fire survival plan and know what you will do if the fire approaches.

Emergency Financial Assistance

Emergency financial assistance is now available for residents in the Nambucca region who have been severely affected by bushfire.

Federal Member for Cowper Pat Conaghan said residents with damaged homes or people who had been injured in the fire or who had lost a family member should access assistance.

"People at Buckra Bendinni, South Arm and Taylors Arm have had a harrowing time battling bushfires," he said.

"It's important for anyone who has suffered the loss of a home, business or loved one, been seriously injured in the blaze or have had their home or business damaged to access assistance by contacting the Department of Human Services.

"Our Government through Disaster Recovery Payments can provide a one-off-lump sum payment of $1,000 to eligible adults and $400 for each eligible child under the age of 16.

"We have also extended the Disaster Recovery Allowance to eligible residents in this area to access up to 13 weeks income support.

"Residents have been working so hard to protect their properties, help their neighbours and support our rural firefighters. It is important if you have been impacted by bushfire that you reach out and receive the assistance you deserve."

The fastest way to claim is over the phone: Australian Government Emergency Information Line on 180 22 66.

Mr Conaghan said while it was a relief weather conditions had eased and local fire warnings had been downgraded from emergency level to watch and act level, people still needed to remain vigilant and have a bush fire survival plan in place.

"Our area has received welcome relief from the south-southeasterly wind change today, but people living in the Nambucca Valley still need to monitor the Kian Road fire as it is still out of control," he said.

Keep up-to-date by monitoring the New South Wales Rural Fire Service's Fires Near Me website or app or call 1800 679 737.

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