Recovery centres open in the Illawarra to support flood-affected residents


Following the region’s early-April flooding event, the Australian and NSW Government’s disaster declaration has allowed Illawarra residents access to a range of special assistance measures.

Recovery Assistance Points (RAPs) are now in operation in Thirroul and Warrawong, which are packed with resources to help residents recover. The centres are managed by the NSW Reconstruction Authority (RA) which is leading the disaster recovery and has been on the ground this week working with councils and agencies to understand the local impact.

Residents can now attend a RAP to access mental health services, legal aid, community not-for-profits, and government representatives, including:

  • Service NSW, including Business Concierges (at Thirroul)
  • NSW Reconstruction Authority
  • Salvation Army
  • Insurance Council of Australia
  • Telephone interpreting services

The RA has already seen more than 100 people come through the doors and will assess whether there is a need for operations to be extended beyond this week.

The RAPs are located at:

  • Thirroul District Community Centre & Library, 352-358 Lawrence Hargrave Drive
  • Warrawong Community Centre, 7-9 Greene Street.

They will be open during the following hours:

  • Friday, 10am to 4pm
  • Saturday, 9am to 1pm
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