Heartland Magazine Issue 38 February/March Edition

Chris Gulaptis MP SERVICE NSW SUPPORTS BUSHFIRE AFFECTED COMMUNITIES

SERVICE NSW SUPPORTS BUSHFIRE AFFECTED COMMUNITIES

The Service NSW Mobile Service Centre has been diverted and extra assistance is being offered to residents of Northern NSW towns devastated by bushfires.

Member for Clarence Chris Gulaptis said the bus will be in Rappville on Friday to help residents replace important documents lost in the fires. There’ll also be a pop-up stall in Ewingar on Tuesday and Thursday to assist local residents there.

“We want to make it as easy as possible for residents of Rappville and the surrounding areas to access crucial government services,” Mr Gulaptis said.

“Some of these families have lost all of their belongings and the last thing on their minds would be replacing their identification.”

Service NSW staff will be able to process identification documents, provide support with insurance claims and connect locals with the right support.

“A Cost of Living Specialist will also be available to help identify rebates and savings residents could be entitled to,” Mr Gulaptis said.

“This is about going that extra mile to make sure we explore every avenue of support available.”

The Mobile Service Centre will also be in Evans Head, Coraki and Ocean Shores this week to ensure residents of near by towns can easily access government transactions.

The Casino Service NSW Centre is also helping locals by waving replacement fees on licences, printing disaster relief applications and connecting customers with welfare.

This is the first time a Mobile Service Centre has been diverted to provide emergency support. Two more buses will be rolled out later this year, with one to be dedicated to attending events and providing assistance during emergency situations.

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