The state government says it will cover the cost of clearing and cleaning destroyed and damaged properties after bushfires tore through the Far South Coast.
Bega Valley Shire Council said the government will cover the site clean-up costs for both insured and uninsured properties so insurance payments can be fully utilised for rebuilding.
"Contact your insurance company and let them know you have been affected by bushfire - there is no rush to make a claim, you can take your time," council's general manager Leanne Barnes said.
Once damaged areas are deemed safe, insurance assessors will be able to enter to begin their assessments.
The Insurance Council of Australia is a useful resource, providing advice and answers to questions, while Legal Aid New South Wales is also available for support and advice, she said. The LawAccess NSW Disaster Response Hotline is 1800 801 529 and can help with a range of issues including insurance claims and tenancy.
"Both these organisations were very supportive during the 2018 bushfires when they worked with our community to ensure the best outcome for those affected during such a devastating time," Ms Barnes said.
Meanwhile council said it has been overwhelmed by the offer of donated goods from locals as well as from people all over Australia, as fires still burn across the Far South Coast.
"If you are thinking of donating goods to the evacuation centres for those impacted by the Bega Valley bushfires - thank you but no more goods are needed at this stage," council said.
"Community needs are still being assessed and we want to make sure any donations are managed in a coordinated way - please do not take any donated goods to the evacuation centres."
If you are wanting to assist and help those impacted by the recent fires, you can donate to the Bega Valley Community Disaster Relief Fund.
IBAN/BIC/Swift number: BENDAU3B for international donations.