Bega MP Andrew Constance says the federal government has not done enough to support those in the Bega Valley and Eurobodalla who have been hit with hardship after the recent bushfires
On Tuesday, January 14, he said everyone had been "smashed" by the bushfires and gaining financial support hadn't been easy.
"Our farms, industries, small businesses, tourism operators ... everyone has been smashed," Mr Constance said.
Mr Constance said his number one focus was: "getting people fed, putting roofs over heads and cash into people's pockets."
"I have to be honest, it's not flowing yet," he said.
"There seems to be this stop gap.
"Whether it's welfare agencies, bureaucracies - we have to make it easy for people."
Mr Constance said he would put pressure on "wherever we need to, so locals are getting that support".
He urged the wider community to help by donating to bushfire appeals in the Eurobodalla Shire and Bega Valley Shire which were launched this week.
Eurobodalla Disaster Relief Fund
To assist people in Eurobodalla impacted by the 2019/20 bushfires, donate to the Eurobodalla Disaster Relief Fund. All donations to this charitable fund will be used solely to assist those affected by fires.
Account name: Eurobodalla Disaster Relief Fund, BSB: 062 650, Account number: 1016 7764. To request a tax receipt, email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Cobargo District Emergency Hay Fund
This fund will be used to purchase hay, chaff pellets for farmers who have lost everything. The Bendigo Bank has donated $10,000 to kick things off. Details are: Bendigo Bank, BSB: 633000, Account number: 171138555
Bega Valley Community Disaster Relief Fund
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. BSB: 633000, Account: 171166317, IBAN/BIC/Swift number: BENDAU3B for international donations.
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