Amendments to the Local Government (Manufactured Homes Estates, Caravan Parks, Camping Grounds and Moveable Dwellings) Regulation 2005 will assist in the provision of emergency accommodation for persons affected by bushfires.
Example: Michael, the manager of a caravan park, can decide to make some caravan spots available to people who have lost their homes in the fire and need somewhere to stay. If Michael is reasonably satisfied that a person is displaced because of a bushfire, he can allow them to install their caravan in his caravan park and stay for up to two years.
Example: Peter and Sue are unable to live in their home after it was significantly damaged in a bushfire. Peter and Sue can install and stay in a moveable dwelling, such as a caravan, on their own or their neighbour’s land (provided the neighbour has given consent) without council approval for up to two years while they rebuild their own home. If Peter and Sue wish to stay beyond two years, they will need to get council approval.
Example: If a council designates a showground as a primitive camping ground for the purposes of an emergency evacuation centre during the ongoing bushfire emergency, council has the flexibility to modify the normal conditions for a primitive camping ground – for example, they may allow caravans to be installed in the showground for a period longer than 50 days.
The Bushfire Housing Assistance Service provides help with:
You can access the service by calling the Disaster Welfare Assistance Line on 1800 018 444, or visit the local Department of Communities and Justice Housing office website and enter your postcode, suburb or town in the search bar. Your nearest housing office will display.
The NSW Disaster Recovery Facebook page contains updates and important information for communities in recovery.
Page last updated: 16/04/2020