Readiness and Recovery

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The Macleay Valley Recovery Hub

Have you or your community been impacted by the recent natural disasters to affect the Kempsey Shire?

Are you looking for information on how to be ready for future events?

Want to meet neighbours, attend an event or learn more about Council's recovery program?

What is Readiness and Recovery?

Kempsey Shire Council has received significant grant funding and been able to dedicate resources to supporting the community in recovering from previous natural disasters and being ready for any future emergencies.

The key projects that Council has committed to and the allocations of grant funding are outlined in the Recovery Action Plan, which is reported to Council quarterly. You can download the latest Recovery Action Plan Report.

Key Updates

Council is currently undertaking extensive work to rebuild infrastructure, support communities, and tell our community's story.

More information on Council activities can be found on the Kempsey Shire Council website

How can I get involved?

New funding, projects and opportunities for the community to be involved or get better prepared are regularly added to the program. Sign-up to this page to be included in updates and reminders.

Current Readiness and Recovery projects

More activities coming soon

For information on past Readiness and Recovery projects please read through the updates below and on the Bushfire and Drought Recovery page and 2021 Flood Recovery page.

Ongoing community readiness

How can we be better prepared for a disaster?

Being aware and prepared is everyone’s responsibility. As we enter bushfire season, you should undertake the 5-step Get Ready for Bushfire Plan. The NSW state emergency management plan outlines four steps to emergency management:

  • Prevention
  • Preparation
  • Response
  • Recovery

Kempsey Shire Council are a partner in the Get Ready Program for local councils

For more information see the Kempsey Shire Council Fire, Flood & Emergencies page

Resources to help

  • Find help through Vinnies
  • Service NSW Assistance for individuals and businesses 137788
  • Insurance Council of Australia 1300 795 534
  • NSW Mental Health Line 1800 011 511
  • Lifeline is here to listen 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Phone Lifeline on 13 11 14 or text 0477 13 11 14 (midday to midnight).
  • Get to know this list of Disaster Recovery Services in the Kempsey Region
  • Get live updates from disaster agencies on the Disaster Dashboard

Have you or your community been impacted by the recent natural disasters to affect the Kempsey Shire?

Are you looking for information on how to be ready for future events?

Want to meet neighbours, attend an event or learn more about Council's recovery program?

What is Readiness and Recovery?

Kempsey Shire Council has received significant grant funding and been able to dedicate resources to supporting the community in recovering from previous natural disasters and being ready for any future emergencies.

The key projects that Council has committed to and the allocations of grant funding are outlined in the Recovery Action Plan, which is reported to Council quarterly. You can download the latest Recovery Action Plan Report.

Key Updates

Council is currently undertaking extensive work to rebuild infrastructure, support communities, and tell our community's story.

More information on Council activities can be found on the Kempsey Shire Council website

How can I get involved?

New funding, projects and opportunities for the community to be involved or get better prepared are regularly added to the program. Sign-up to this page to be included in updates and reminders.

Current Readiness and Recovery projects

More activities coming soon

For information on past Readiness and Recovery projects please read through the updates below and on the Bushfire and Drought Recovery page and 2021 Flood Recovery page.

Ongoing community readiness

How can we be better prepared for a disaster?

Being aware and prepared is everyone’s responsibility. As we enter bushfire season, you should undertake the 5-step Get Ready for Bushfire Plan. The NSW state emergency management plan outlines four steps to emergency management:

  • Prevention
  • Preparation
  • Response
  • Recovery

Kempsey Shire Council are a partner in the Get Ready Program for local councils

For more information see the Kempsey Shire Council Fire, Flood & Emergencies page

Resources to help

  • Find help through Vinnies
  • Service NSW Assistance for individuals and businesses 137788
  • Insurance Council of Australia 1300 795 534
  • NSW Mental Health Line 1800 011 511
  • Lifeline is here to listen 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Phone Lifeline on 13 11 14 or text 0477 13 11 14 (midday to midnight).
  • Get to know this list of Disaster Recovery Services in the Kempsey Region
  • Get live updates from disaster agencies on the Disaster Dashboard
  • View the Black Summer documentary in cinemas

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    For the second anniversary of the fires we premiered the Black Summer & Beyond documentary at Majestic Cinemas Kempsey. Now Council is sponsoring a series of free screenings for the community.


    The first of the free public screenings begins on Tuesday 23 November 8pm at Majestic Cinemas Kempsey.


    The Black Summer and Beyond documentary gives voice to the people of the Macleay who experienced the dreadful events of 2019 and still feel the impact.


    Additional dates will advertised soon.
  • Light up your street 2021

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    Kempsey Shire Council and St Vincent de Paul with the support of the Macleay Argus are relaunching the "Light Up Your Street" Christmas Lights competition in 2021.

    After a couple of very challenging years Christmas is a great opportunity for residents and business owners to brighten up the streets and bring the joy of Christmas to all. So join in the fun and get into the sprint with the added bonus of winning some great locally sourced prizes.

    Prizes will be awarded for best private home, best street and best business.

    So lets get busy, applications open Friday 3 December 2021. Please don't forget to submit a photo of your lights so it can be added to our Christmas Light photo gallery.

    Winners will be announced and notified on Wednesday 22 December 2021



  • Macleay River minor flood update Tuesday 23 November

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  • Black Summer & Beyond Book and Online Exhibition

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    For less than the price of two Christmas cards you can get the perfect gift to represent the region.

  • Overwhelming response to Black Summer and Beyond documentary premiere

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    Attended by residents featured in the film, dignitaries, RFS volunteers and key stakeholders, the premiere screening of the Black Summer & Beyond documentary and was a huge success. The documentary features locals telling their experiences of the 2019 bushfires, delivering a powerful and raw account of how truly devastating this time was, and still is, for them and the community.

  • By the Grace of God - An original poem by Erica Macaulay

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    Erica Macaulay's property and land in the Upper Macleay was severely impacted by the Black Summer Bushfires of 2019.

    By the Grace of God is a powerful original poem by Erica and is part of the Black Summer and Beyond documentary series that gives voice to the people of the Macleay who experienced the dreadful events of 2019 and still feel the impact.

    The documentary was premiered at Majestic Cinemas on Wednesday night as a special event to mark the second anniversary of the fires, attended by Commissioner Shane Fitzsimmons, the filmmakers and the Macleay Valley residents who featured in the film.

    Free public screenings of the series will be held at Majestic Cinemas in the coming weeks.

  • Black Summer & Beyond Commemorative Book

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    In 2020 Kempsey Shire Council assembled and presented the Black Summer & Beyond exhibition which toured the Shire.

    It was an outstanding success and we would like to thank all those who contributed images and stories, as well as the many thousands who have visited and experienced this powerful exhibition.

    To mark the second anniversary of the bushfires biggest impact on our Shire, Council are now releasing the photos and their stories are as a professionally presented commemorative book.

    With a Forward by Shane Fitzsimmons SFSM, Commissioner for Resilience NSW, the 108 page book presents not only the full colour reproductions of the 95 photographs submitted by residents to the Black Summer & Beyond Exhibition but also many of their stories.

    The book is available to purchase from Council's Customer Service Centre for only $10 a copy.

    You can also call customer service on 6566 3200 and arrange for it to be sent out to you, with postage costing $5 for one copy, or $10 for two or more.

  • Mates Barbecue Brekky

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    Up for a free brekky and a casual chat?

    As we mark the second anniversary of the worst days of the Black Summer bushfires in our Shire, Council's Readiness and Recovery team want to bring the community together.

    We are hosting a free Mates BBQ Brekky on Saturday 13 November between 8-11.30am at the Kempsey Showground for flood-impacted farmers

    Come along for a barbeque brekky, a hot cuppa and a chance to catch up with some mates.

    There will also be some free valuable business resources available such as Rural Financial Counselling Service and the North Coast Local Land Service’s Weeds of the North Coast of NSW handbook.

    You will also have the chance to pick up the Black Summer and Beyond commemorative book for only $10.

    We hope to see you there.

    Register now for the Mates BBQ Brekky

  • Join Resilient Communities

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    Recruiting community leaders – Join Resilient Communities

    Would you like to build your leadership skills and boost your community’s resilience into the future?

    OzGreen’s Resilient Communities program is looking for Volunteer Community Facilitators to lead monthly workshops in their local area starting in February 2022.

    Each workshop will focus on a different, yet vital, aspect of resilience, such as water and food security, emergency management and personal wellbeing.

    Offering ongoing training and support, the program will help you build skills in facilitation, public speaking, community building and project management.

    Best of all, it’s completely free!

    To find out more, head to the OzGreen website.

  • Creative Recovery Training

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    Sign up for Creative Recovery Training

    Kempsey Shire Council and Arts Mid North Coast have proudly partnered to deliver training for local creatives, youth workers, social workers and emergency service volunteers.

    To be held from 1–3 March 2022 at Gladstone Hall, the Creative Recovery Training has been designed to strengthen relationships between the creative sector, Council, emergency services and health services to actively respond to disasters and build resilience in our community.

    Places are strictly limited, so don’t hesitate to register your interest today on the Arts Mid North Coast website.

Page last updated: 30 November 2021, 11:25