A Blue Mountains Bush Fire Mayoral Relief Fund has been created to directly help Blue Mountains’ communities affected by recent bush fires to recover and rebuild. This is how you can ensure your money will go to the Blue Mountains' families who need it.

This registered fund allows the community to assist our local residents in their time of need. The fund has zero administration costs, which means every dollar donated goes into the hands of the people who need it. You can donate now - any amount is greatly appreciated.

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Tax deductible donations can be made to the following account:
BSB: 082 656 / Account Number: 46 179 2573 

Name: Blue Mountains Bush Fire Mayoral Relief Fund
Via:

  • Internet banking
  • Telephone: 02 4780 5000 
  • Council Offices: 2 Civic Place, Katoomba / 104 Macquarie Road, Springwood, or
  • At any National Bank branch
  • Or through PayPal by clicking this button 
        

Thank you for donating to this significant local fund. 

Blue Mountains Mayor, Cr Mark Greenhill, announced the establishment of the Fund on 18 December.

The Fund will direct funding to projects that contribute to the recovery and rebuilding efforts of any fire affected residents in the Blue Mountains, following recent bush fires. It enables the Australian community to assist our local community in their time of need.

Council is working with the NSW Government and community services to identify the areas of greatest need for financial assistance in helping our fire affected residents recover from their ordeal and rebuild their lives.

Members of the Fund Advisory Committee, who will decide where to direct the funding, are:

  • Principal consultant on the original nomination for the Greater Blue Mountains Area (GBMA) World Heritage listing – Joan Domicelj AM
  • Former NSW Minister for Environment and Minister for Emergency Services – The Hon Bob Debus AM
  • Former Member of Parliament for Macquarie – Kerry Bartlett
  • First Commissioner of the Rural Fire Service (RFS) and former NSW Minister for Climate Change, Environment and Water – The Hon Phil Koperberg AO AFSM BEM
  • Blue Mountains advocate for equity, human rights and dignity – Mary Waterford AM, and the
  • Blue Mountains City Council Chief Executive Officer

A donation of any amount to the Blue Mountains Bush Fire Mayoral Relief Fund is greatly appreciated.

Mayoral Fund Advisory Committee

The members of the Fund Advisory Committee are experts and leaders from a range of fields, who bring wisdom, compassion, and a wealth of experience to the process. The committee will decide where donations received are needed most.

The Hon Phil Koperberg AO AFSM BEM

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Committee Chair
First Commissioner of the Rural Fire Service (RFS) and former Minister for Climate Change, Environment and Water

I know firsthand the mammoth effort and dedication it takes to manage a crisis like this, and I am as ever, incredibly proud of everyone involved, and in particular the NSW RFS, SES, Fire and Rescue NSW, and National Parks and Wildlife Service. Their fortitude and strength is also reflected in the broader community, which will help us all on the road to recovery.

Joan Domicelj AM

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Committee Member
Principal consultant on the original nomination for the Greater Blue Mountains Area (GBMA) World Heritage listing

Reeling through smoke and loss we, as locals, offer what little comfort we can to those of us in most pain. With love. We also love this extraordinary, but vulnerable, place. Of `outstanding universal value’ to the world, we share custodianship of these exquisite mountains’ biodiversity and we thank its protectors.

Kerry Bartlett

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Committee Member
Former Member of Parliament for Macquarie

It is in times of crisis that the best of our Blue Mountains community is seen. Without the incredible efforts of our NSW RFS and other volunteer groups and individuals our losses would have been far greater. The same spirit and commitment will undoubtedly underpin our community’s recovery effort.

The Hon Bob Debus AM

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Committee Member
Former NSW Minister for Environment and Minister for Emergency Services

We are living in challenging times, facing severe threats to our land and to our way of life. Great national challenges can only be dealt with when we come together with a common purpose. It’s fortunate that Blue Mountains City Council has a lot of experience in dealing with crisis situations, and greatly comforting to know the Blue Mountains community is filled with the spirit we will need to deal with the future.

Mary Waterford AM

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Committee Member
Blue Mountains advocate for equity, human rights and dignity

Once again Blue Mountains communities are demonstrating people at our best. The cooperation and generosity is wonderful. We have trying times ahead and our connectedness will be our strength. This Relief Fund is one of many initiatives that show our ability to look after each other – a culture that will ensure we bring the best of ourselves to the challenges of our times.

Dr Rosemary Dillon

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Committee Member
Blue Mountains City Council CEO

We are committed to supporting our community through the recovery process. We know from past experience that recovery from bush fires takes time and the process is often unpredictable and frustrating. But our community is resilient and we will walk this road together.