Premier promises support

Tumbarumba Police officer Mick Jones with his wife Sharon and daughters Rhianna, Maddison and Courtney alongside NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian and Albury MP Justin Clancy in Tumbarumba Wednesday.

NSW Premier Glady Berejiklian says the Government will support the Snowy Valleys “every step of the way” as the region attempts to rebuild following the recent bushfires.

The Premier made a trip to the area on Wednesday during which she visited fire-affected farms, firefighters in Batlow and also made a visit to Tumbarumba’s Hyne Mill.

“We are not taking away from the deep angst and sorrow that many people are feeling in the community about what’s happened,” the Premier said.

“I do get a sense of hope for the future. I get a sense of people wanting to start the rebuilding process and we are going to support them every step of the way.”

Ms Berejiklian said the Government had made packages available to assist those in need.

“We had a lot of conversations today. We have already visited a couple of farms and spoken to farmers about their situation,” she said.

“Everyone is in a different situation and of course there are packages available and now in NSW, we have a central one-stop shop that we have established today that I am very proud of through Service NSW.

“So no matter what your circumstances, whether it’s state, federal or local funding, it’s a one-stop shop through Service NSW.

“We are encouraging everybody to get that assistance to make sure you know what you are eligible for because what we have realised in these circumstances is that everybody is in a different situation and we are trying to help as many people as possible and reach as many people as possible.”

Whilst making a brief address to the media, the Premier praised NSW RFS Commissioner Shane Fitzsimmons for his work during this difficult period.

“This gentleman to my left has just done an amazing job for NSW and we are incredibly fortunate to have him,” she said.

“The reception he has received is deserving given all the great work he has done for our state.”