Assistance point opens in Adelong

Snowy Valleys Council Mayor James Hayes with Bushfire Recovery Manager John Craig in Adelong on Friday.

At 10am last Friday, the Adelong Bushfire Recovery Assistance Point opened its doors at the Adelong S&C Club.

Anyone affected by the recent bushfires is encouraged to visit the assistance point on Fridays between 10am-4pm to access practical assistance and support. Some of the services on offer include Legal Aid, for legal advice including insurance concerns; Centrelink, for help with forms and information on financial assistance; Service NSW, to help with registering for clean-up; the Red Cross, to offer support and comfort; and Council support.

The Adelong Recovery Assistance Point is one of several, with Recovery Assistance Points set up at the following places:

Tumbarumba – RSL Memorial Hall on Tuesdays, 10am-4pm.

Batlow – Literary Institute on Wednesdays and Saturdays, 10am-4pm.

Talbingo – Talbingo Mountain Retreat on Thursday, 10am-4pm.

Fire-affected individuals are strongly urged to visit their nearest Assistance Point, no matter how small their problems may seen compared to others.

The Assistance Points act as a “one stop shop”, giving people access to a wide range of services in the one place. With so many services available in the one place, individuals are able to get a lot done at once, and a representative at the Assistance Point on Friday said this can help take the stress off.

Last Friday there was a steady flow of people who came through, but everyone involved would love to see even more people utilising the services this Friday, too.

Snowy Valleys Council Mayor James Hayes would also like to see more people at the Assistance Point in Adelong.

“Adelong was a bit slow, so we’re trying to make sure people know that it’s open,” he said.

Not only does the Mayor want to see more people at the Assistance Point, but he would also like to see more people coming into Adelong in general.

While there is a lot of work going on in Adelong, it isn’t necessarily happening in the main street.

“Just in driving around, there’s a lot of activity and that activity has obviously been enhanced by additional contractors coming in, friends and family assisting and of course Blaze Aid working to get things going,” he said.

 “Adelong probably needs people to spend money in town. It needs people to have confidence in the community.”