Community Newsletter

Helping bushfire affected towns on the NSW South Coast

28 May, 2021

COVID-19 is once again impacting our way of life as Victoria faces another lockdown. For the latest information on where you can get vaccinated in Northern Sydney, we have updated our website HERE.

This week in Federal Parliament I tabled a motion calling for a long-term approach to quarantine facilities and to implement fit-for-purpose facilities. I will be introducing this motion next week in Parliament when we next sit.

This month, I also made speeches on:
  • Aged Care
  • My response to the 2021 Budget
  • Revealing the responses to the GP survey
  • The inquiry into family, domestic and sexual violence
  • The Technology Investment Roadmap
  • Asking a Question to the Prime Minister about how he plans to get to net zero by 2050

To see all my speeches click here:


The year 2020 has been consumed by COVID-19, but we should not forget communities that were devastated by the 2019/2020 bushfires. I recently travelled down to the South Coast and visited bushfire victims. I was concerned that these bushfire affected towns are still a long way from recovery. I have not yet visited communities up North, like Glen Innes (which is the sister city of Mosman) but have heard they also need assistance.

My team have identified four organisations that are helping, if you would like to let people on the South Coast know that they have not been forgotten. 


BlazeAid is a 100% volunteer-based organisation that works with families and individuals in rural Australia following natural disasters such as fires, floods, cyclones and drought.  They provide assistance with rebuilding fencing, clearing of fencing and other tasks needed to help people get back to normality after the devastating loss of natural disaster.  With people under so much stress, not even knowing where to start, the work BlazeAid does truly lifts spirits. 

For anyone who cannot volunteer and would love to help BlazeAid, a monetary donation is another way you can help. Just go to and click DONATE NOW - it gives you four options on how to donate. 


People Helping People Australia (PHP) is a not-for-profit charity working in remote locations severely affected by drought, fire, or flood. Founders Lee and Rosey Bartlett have lived ‘on the road’ for the past three years co-ordinating skilled volunteers on numerous small community infrastructure projects.

The PHP volunteers stay in self-contained accommodation (caravans, camper trailers and tents) in the affected areas, where they work side-by-side with landowners and community members. PHP supplies a place to camp, three meals a day, showers and toilets. They manage a maximum of 25 volunteers per day for 3 to 4 weeks.
PHP projects provide a labour content of approximately $180k to the community and a mental uplifting beyond any monetary value. Their camps cost approximately $20k to run, which covers food, accommodation, building materials and insurance. PHP greatly appreciates cash donations and skilled volunteer registrations. If you would like to get involved, please visit or call Lee 0421 009 675 or Rosey 0401 699 108. 

Givit is a smart way to give to people and communities in NSW affected by bushfire. Via their website, you can donate items, donate funds or donate time.
Listed on GIVIT’s website is exactly what is needed right now, including toiletries, furniture and clothing.
100% of donated funds received by GIVIT will be used to purchase essential items identified by support organisations working directly with people impacted by these fires.
Every donation helps. Please visit 


Anglicare NSW South, NSW West & ACT operates a number of community services along the NSW South Coast from Moruya to Eden. Following the 2019/20 bushfires and the devastating effects of COVID-19, homelessness and housing services based in Moruya and Eden, and bushfire recovery services based in Moruya and Batlow have seen a significant increase in the number of individuals and families needing help.

Financial donations allow for specific, tailored assistance to families and can be made by to their Winter Appeal at  or over the phone at (02) 6245 7100.
Click here to view a video of one of the families that Anglicare has assisted.


As a federal Member, did you know our office provides not-for-profit community organisations and schools with Australian, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander flags on request.

Josh Mitchell from Freshwater SLSC was presented with a flag for the surf club. So far our office has presented 28 flags to local organisations. For more information please email me on zali.steggall[email protected]

  • Mosman Symphony Orchestra have two performances at the Mosman Art Gallery this weekend. The community orchestra will be featuring the world premiere of Robert Oetomo’s timpani concerto. For more information click HERE
  • On Thursday June 10, we are holding another Community Forum at Balgowlah RSL from 6.30-8pm. Please make sure you register by filling in THIS LINK
  • Next weekend (5-6 June) the Northern Beaches Council will hold a ‘Simplifying Solar Expo’ from 10-5pm at the Novotel Sydney Manly Pacific. Fore more information click HERE