Still time to claim for bushfire damage: Templeman

The federal government has so far paid out $273,000 to Blue Mountains residents affected by bushfires, with 233 claims granted.

Federal Member for Macquarie, Susan Templeman, said a number of small payments were available, which anyone who was affected by the fires should apply for.

Federal Member for Macquarie Susan Templeman (right) at a bushfire recovery meeting in the Megalong Valley.

Federal Member for Macquarie Susan Templeman (right) at a bushfire recovery meeting in the Megalong Valley.

She said the latest figures showed 540 rural property holders in the Hawkesbury were impacted by the Gospers Mountain Fire, with 65 homes destroyed and 30 damaged.

As well as the homes and business premises, 30 outbuilding have been destroyed and 25 damaged, according to the NSW Office of Emergency Management.

The government has paid out $146,000 to Hawkesbury residents, with 119 claims granted

In the Blue Mountains, there are 126 impacted rural property holders, with 18 homes destroyed and eight damaged, plus 30 outbuildings destroyed and nearly as many damaged.

"Comparing the figures of losses and claims, there may still be people who haven't applied for the federal assistance, but I'd urge them to," said Ms Templeman.

"People who didn't lose their homes have said to me that they realise there are people a lot worse off than them, and admitted that they haven't put their hand up for any assistance.

"But I'd urge them to - they are not taking it from someone else, and they will have enormous out of pockets to replace what they've lost in sheds, barns and garages.

"The Disaster Recovery Payment is non-means tested and non-taxed, and provides $1000 for eligible adults and $800 for children.

"Anyone who has had major assets destroyed, things like sheds, water tanks and cars, worth more than $20,000 together, can apply."

Ms Templeman said small businesses and individuals who lost income as a direct result of the fires can also apply for a tax-free payment of up to 13 weeks.

"The government says they have simplified the application process for the Disaster Recovery Allowance, and the Australian Government Disaster Recovery Payment by ringing 180 22 66."

People whose income has been impacted by bushfires are encouraged to apply for federal government assistance if they haven't already, and can contact Ms Templeman's office for assistance: 4573 8222 or susan.templeman.mp@aph.gov.au