Bega Valley Shire CouncilBega Valley Shire Council

Mayoral Appeal Fund clarification

Following the property losses suffered in the Numbugga area as a result of the Yankees Gap fire, the Mayoral Appeal Fund committee contacted the Australian Tax Office (ATO) to seek clarification around the potential to extend the scope of the fund.

The response made it clear that the ATO requirements for Australian Disaster Relief Funds restrict the use of the donated monies to include only those people/communities that have been impacted by the declared disaster for which the fund was established - in this case the Tathra and District Bushfire of March 2018.

In light of this information the distribution committee is working in conjunction with Council to provide all possible support to those who were impacted at Numbugga.

This includes full access to the Recovery Support Service, exemptions from water and sewer charges; waste fees; Development Application, Complying Development and associated fees; and interest on general rates instalments.

More information about the Mayoral Appeal Fund (including the fund rules) is available on Council’s website at

Any further questions can be directed via email to

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