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Bushfire Recovery

Information on where to access latest updates on information for those affected by the January 2020 bushfires.

During any emergency, please visit the Vic Emergency website, app or Facebook page. 

The Rural City of Wangaratta Community Resilience and Recovery Coordinator is working with communities impacted by the January 2020 bushfires. For more information email

Current Programs

The below programs are being supported the Rural City of Wangaratta’s Community Resilience and Recovery Program

#BeReadyWang Program

The #bereadywang program is all about understanding and preparing for your risk. Check out the #bereadywang hashtag on facebook.

Kids colouring contest:
Download the #bereadywang kids colouring contest sheet here, and watch our facebook for a post to upload the completed sheets. You have until 14 December to post the completed pages, and winners will be chosen randomly. On 15 December. 

For more information about talking to kids about bushfires and other emergencies check out the red cross webpage: CLICK HERE

Recovery Resources

A number of public agencies now have recovery resources available;

Bushfire Recovery Victoria

This new dedicated agency has been established to work directly with local communities impacted by Victoria's bushfires. Visit the website or call 1800 560 760

Disaster Recovery Allowance

Disaster assistance through the Department of Human Services has been extended to Rural City of Wangaratta residents affected by the fires. The fastest way to claim is to call 180 22 66. Visit for information on what the payment.

Bushfire Resources Webpage 

DHHS have consolidated all of their bushfire related information and fact sheets on to one website The website includes information about mental health and recovery after a bushfire. 

Gateway Health

Gateway Health are providing support and case management services to help people affected by the bushfires. The team works with individuals, families, and communities. For more information call 1800 657 573 or visit


AgBizAssist are offering a range of support programs for impacted businesses, from assistance with grants to the Wine Industry Support Program. Visit for more information or call 1300 032 332

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