Member for Cootamundra Steph Cooke and Minister for Agriculture Adam Marshall at Batlow

Member for Cootamundra Steph Cooke has welcomed the news businesses and primary producers in the Cootamundra-Gundagai local government area have now been included in the regions eligible for bushfire recovery grants.

The change means recovery grants of up to $75,000 for primary producers and $50,000 for small businesses are now available to help with repairs and stock replacement.

Ms Cooke said the extension of the $100 million joint Federal and State recovery scheme will be a huge boost for people still reeling from recent bushfires.

“I want to thank Minister David Littleproud, the Deputy Premier John Barilaro and Minister David Elliot for extending this vital assistance to people in my electorate,” she said.

“While we were thankfully spared the worst of these fires, there are so many people who have been impacted by the Dunns Road Fire and the huge amount of damage it caused to business and livestock.”

“These grants can help those affected get back on their feet. The sooner we get money flowing through our communities the sooner we will be able to recover from these devastating fires.”

The scheme has also been extended to the Goulburn Mulwaree, Greater Hume, Gwydir, Ku-ring-gai, Lake Macquarie, Muswellbrook, Narrabri, Oberon, Penrith, Sutherland, Tamworth, Upper Hunter, Upper Lachlan, Uralla and Wagga Wagga council areas.

For further information contact the Bushfire Customer Care service on 13 77 88, or visit https://www.service.nsw.gov.au.