This article originally appeared on rasnsw.com.au
Many regional and rural communities have been directly affected by the current bushfires and on-going drought which have caused great devastation throughout New South Wales.
In a bid to best support these communities, the Royal Agricultural Society of NSW (RAS) is currently focusing on the recovery efforts required once the immediate threat of fire has passed.
The road ahead will not be easy but it is during this time the RAS will continue its mission to support and help rebuild strong, vibrant and resilient rural and regional communities.
The RAS stands in support of NSW regional Shows affected by bushfires, drought and water restrictions. Below is a list of regional Shows which have been cancelled due to the bushfires:
- Albion Park
- Kiama Show
- Eurobodalla Show – Please note a Community Family Day will be held on Saturday 25 January.
- Berry Show
- Bundarra Show and Rodeo
- Cobargo Show
- Ashford Show will be a one day Show, held on 22 February
- Bemboka Show
- Lithgow ‘Australia Day Summer Horse Event (26 January 2020). Please note the Lithgow Show (20-22 March 2020) is still going ahead as scheduled.
For further information on regional shows affected please visit the Agricultural Societies Council of NSW website.
Official Information Channels
With NSW being in a State of Emergency with the bushfires, we would like to direct you to the below official channels for all information regarding livestock protection, supplies, donations and vital information.
NSW Rural Fire Service
For bush fire information call 1800 679 737
NSW State Emergency Service
NSW Department of Primary Industries
For urgent fodder, water and livestock care, contact the Agricultural and Animal Services Hotline on 1800 814 647 or visit the NSW Department of Primary Industries website.
NSW Government 𝗖𝗼𝗺𝗺𝘂𝗻𝗶𝘁𝗶𝗲𝘀 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝗝𝘂𝘀𝘁𝗶𝗰𝗲
Emergency temporary accommodation and assistance with a private rental bond and advance rent costs and assistance for sourcing accommodation. For more information, visit https://www.dcj.nsw.gov.au/families-and-communities/bushfire-housing-assistance-service.
NSW Government – Department of Human Industries
Disaster Recovery Allowance and Australian Government Disaster Recovery Payment website
NSW Police Force
Providing immediate emotional and mental support via phone, online chat, email and forums. For emergency help call 1300 22 4636 or visit the Beyond Blue website
The Salvation Army Australia