SEVERAL regions in NSW that were hit by bushfires in August and October have been declared eligible for disaster assistance.Federal Emergency Management Minister Nicola Roxon today announced disaster declarations for the Clarence and Richmond valleys, Kempsey, Tenterfield, Kiama, Port Macquarie Hastings, Singleton, Kyogle, Gloucester, the Upper Hunter and the Great Lakes.
Her NSW counterpart, Michael Gallacher, said in a statement that while homes and businesses weren't significantly damaged by the fires, the cost of fighting them made their council areas eligible for the declaration.
The declaration means affected areas will be able to apply for special funding.
Mr Gallacher urged households to have disaster management plans in place.
"Summer has arrived and it's time to think about what you and your family need to do to be disaster ready," he said in a statement.
"Whether at home or away on holiday, undertaking some simple precautions can save lives and property."