As the bushfire disaster swept across Australia, Central NSW Social Work Manager Cheryl Jenkins began work on the emergency response.
The brave acts of Australian firefighters and volunteers have inspired a new children’s book in recognition of this year’s unprecedented bushfire season. The book titled “My Dad, The Secret Superhero” is the story of a little girl who discovers her dad’s biggest secret – he fights fire monsters!
Social worker Rod Painter has heard some incredible stories of survival during his time in bushfire ravaged areas of NSW.
General Manager Hank Jongen said phone lines will again be open in Queensland between 10 am and 2 pm on Saturday 16 February and Sunday 17 February.
Department of Human Services staff will continue to work this weekend, to assist people in Queensland’s flood–affected communities.
People are urged to call 180 22 66 when claiming disaster assistance payments from the Australian Government for the Townsville floods.
Time is running out for people in the Byron Shire affected by Tropical Cyclone Debbie in 2017 to lodge a claim for emergency assistance payments from the Australian Government.
Natural disasters have a devastating impact on communities. The Department of Human Services is actively involved in the disaster recovery process, with many staff pitching in to provide support to customers.
People affected by storms and flooding on the East Coast of Tasmania in June 2016 have until the 27 December 2016 to lodge a claim for the Disaster Recovery Allowance.