In Quaama it is estimated half of the population is "falling through the cracks" of bushfire support, with many residents losing everything except their home left in limbo.
For six days a week over the last seven months, 26 year Quaama resident Veronica Abbott has been operating a community relief centre at the local Quaama School of Arts.
"The hall is a sharing space for hope,' she said.
With Bega expected to receive almost half it's annual rainfall in late July and early August, Ms Abbott said she is concerned the heavy rainfall will be impacting residents living in tents and caravans, and in need of ongoing support.
I don't know what older people can do but sit and wait for trees to fall on their home, then they will receive some kind of help.Veronica Abbott
"We know we lost 70 to 80 properties entirely, but everyone had some flame damage. There are so many people out there that lost everything except their home," she said.
"People are just bleeding money, and we don't want them to go without essentials."
One resident had their tent almost destroyed by the recent storm, relocating to stay with friends ahead of the predicted extreme weather.
They described the experience as "soul destroying".
Despite the need for necessities ranging from tarps to tracksuit pants, Ms Abbott said they have been consistently difficult to source due to issues created by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Ms Abbott said for many it "took months to get over the shock of everything", the official clean up has finished, and although time heals it also means concern for the next fire season is starting to stir.
"For me now, it feels good when I see a few faces and I know they are okay," Ms Abbott said.
"We know there's no going back to how it was.
"That life is gone forever. We've all changed and I feel my foundation has shifted a bit.
"It feels like it [the fire] was years ago, but it's gone so fast."
She said the experience has forced her to "live in the moment", and does what she feels "needs to be done".
Recent heavy rainfall has exposed leaks in caravans, and brought down burnt trees. Ms Abbott said wild winds caused one tree to fall on a car, leaving the family involved "pretty shaken".
With water tanks destroyed, many residents outside the township, where there is a mains water supply, are still using shipped water, with the 1000 litre containers not lasting long with families.
"People are sitting watching the rain go past them because they can't catch it,' she said.
"On top of everything, it's going to take a long time and people's priorities right now are warmth," she said.
She said many residents missed out on the government funded cleanup due to not losing a "significant structure", and have been put in the difficult position of having to pay to have debris removed at a time they just can't afford it.
She said one family was quoted $10,000 to remove a hazardous fire damaged tree.
"There's a lot of money needed still," she said.
"I don't know what older people can do but sit and wait for trees to fall on their home, then they will receive some kind of help.
"Fencing is also still one of the biggest issues, and it's a huge cost. We need some of the organisations to start listening.
"They are brushing off the idea of fencing as a business expense, but it's about food security for many people.
"Many families raise animals for their own food for their families in an ethical way."
Ms Abbott said while other small communities like Kiah, Bemboka, Pericoe, Tinpot and Nerrigundah have been forgotten by the outside world, Quaama's close proximity to devastated Cobargo has seen a flood of media and political attention head its way.
"If people want to put money into a community, then think about the forgotten ones. They are just struggling on their own,' she said.
"The money seems to go where the big media attention is."
She said residents who invested years of their lives setting up ethical lifestyles are still without solar power, and in wild weather may be finding it difficult to communicate with the outside world.
"I hope people can get messages out when they need to," she said.
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