Flood recovery centres now operating across the Hawkesbury

Help at hand: Items damaged by flood are piled outside a Hawkesbury property. Picture: Geoff Jones
Help at hand: Items damaged by flood are piled outside a Hawkesbury property. Picture: Geoff Jones

All flood-affected residents are invited to attend flood recovery centres at the following locations:

  • South Windsor Family Centre Recovery Centre, 6 Greenhills Way, South Windsor, Monday - Friday - 9am to 5pm, Saturday and Sunday - 10am to 2pm.
  • North Richmond Panthers Recovery Centre, 33 Beaumont Avenue, North Richmond, Monday - Friday - 9am to 5pm, Saturday and Sunday - 10am to 2pm.
  • Wisemans Ferry - The Retreat, 5564 Old Northern Road, Wisemans Ferry, Monday - Friday - 10am to 4pm, Saturday and Sunday - 10am to 2pm.

You can meet Government and non-Government agencies that provide:

  • Financial Assistance for individuals, primary producers and small businesses
  • Accommodation advice
  • Help with replacing lost documents
  • Mental Health and wellbeing services
  • Clean-up services
  • Insurance and legal support.

The centres are being provided by Hawkesbury City Council and the NSW Government.

Recovery Hubs are also in operation to provide access to community and NGO recovery services for anyone affected by the floods or 2019-2020 bushfires, and will operate one week day per week and one weekend day per fortnight in some areas.

  • Colo Heights (Horrie Eley) Hall, 10 am - 4pm
  • St Albans Volunteer Bushfire, Brigade Shed, 10am - 4pm
  • Wilberforce School of Arts, 10am - 4pm

For more information, visit hawkesbury.nsw.gov.au (click on the red recovery centre banner).

For those wanting to be assisted remotely, and for more information on all available disaster assistance, please contact the Disaster Customer Care Service at Service NSW on 13 77 88 or online via Service NSW.

Hawkesbury Mayor, Councillor Patrick Conolly, is encouraging people who wish to help flood affected community members to donate money, items, skills and services online at www.GIVIT.org.au

In partnership with the NSW Government, GIVIT is managing donations and is working with Hawkesbury City Council, outreach teams, local charities and community groups to identify exactly what's needed. The charity then meets those needs through its online warehouse, or by purchasing requested items locally using donated funds.

Donations for the Severe Storms and Flooding fund on GIVIT can be directed to the Hawkesbury specifically by selecting DONATE FUNDS and typing Hawkesbury in the Comments section when making a donation OR by selecting DONATE FUNDS and selecting to directly FUND items requested in the Hawkesbury area. You can also register goods you would like to donate by selecting DONATE ITEMS.

"To support local businesses and the economic recovery of affected communities, wherever possible, GIVIT purchases locally," Mayor Conolly said.

GIVIT encourages all NSW charities, services and community groups supporting people impacted, to register with GIVIT, free of charge. Register via www.GIVIT.org.au/need-help/organisations

Clean up and waste assistance continues to be provided to community members.

"Free skip bins are being delivered to flood affected areas," Mayor Conolly said.

"With thousands of Hawkesbury residents needing waste disposal after the floods, we are continuing to get getting waste contractors out as quickly possible."

Flood affected residents can book a free skip bin and waste removal at www.hawkesbury.nsw.gov.au