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Emergency contacts

A Local Control Centre has been set up for landholder requests for assistance and recording farm damage from the current bushfires.

The number is 1800 814 647.

Natural disaster recovery assistance

NSW Department of Primary Industries (DPI) and Local Land Services coordinate and provide recovery assistance and advice to landholders, primary producers, commercial fishers, and other industries impacted by a natural disaster event.

Visit the NSW DPI website for a comprehensive list of support services during natural disasters.

For urgent assistance

Emergency - 000
For genuine emergencies only. Remember, stay focused, stay relevant and stay on the line

Emergency text - 106
For people who are deaf or have a speech or hearing impairment

NSW Rural Fire Service - 1800 679 737
Information on fire bans and bushfires in NSW, as well as tweets, apps and other digital and social media news feeds

NSW State Emergency Services – 132 500
Support and advice in the instance of an emergency, including offering clear instructions on creating a Home Emergency Plan

RSPCA
Find a shelter, branch, care centre or vet clinic

WIRES
Emergency advice for injured wildlife. Phone 1300 094 737

Emergency updates and alerts

Department of Primary Industries - Warnings and Alerts
DPI issues relevant warnings and alerts throughout NSW

NSW Rural Assistance Authority - 1800 678 593
Assistance for rural producers and small businesses in regional NSW

Ministry for Police and Emergency Services
Information on current natural disaster declarations

NSW Office of Water

Algal alerts - 1800 999 457
For recorded information on current algal warnings

Bureau of Meteorology - (02) 9296 1555

Reporting potential risks

Animal Disease Hotline - 1800 675 888
For reporting unusual disease signs, abnormal behaviour, or unexplained deaths in livestock.

Notifiable animal diseases in NSW Form
A number of animal diseases are notifiable under NSW legislation. This means that there is a legal obligation to notify authorities if you know or suspect that an animal has one of these diseases.

Exotic Plant Pest Hotline - 1800 084 881
For reporting suspect exotic and emergency insects and plant pests/diseases

Aquatic Pest Reporting Hotline - 02 4916 3877
For reporting suspected aquatic or marine weed pests
Email aquatic.pests@dpi.nsw.gov.au

Fisheries Watch - 1800 043 536
For reporting illegal fishing and fish kills

Illegal rural water usage - 1800 633 362 For reporting suspicious water activities in regional NSW
Email watercompliance@water.nsw.gov.au

Information on prevention and preparation

NSW Food Authority
Advice on food safety during power outages and bushfire emergency situations

NSW Rural Assistance Authority
Information on assistance available to rural producers and small businesses in regional NSW

Department of Primary Industry (DPI)
The Department of Primary Industry provides ongoing and current information and advice about preparation and prevention

Hunter emergency contacts

District Veterinarians

Digby Rayward (Paterson) - 4939 8966/0427 493 617

Kylie Greentree (Maitland) - 4932 8866/0428 498 687

Jane Bennett (Scone) - 6540 2419/0427 322 311

Lyndell Stone (Wingham) - 6553 4233/0429 532 855

Jim Kerr (Tocal/Singelton) - 4939 8966 (Tocal) 6572 2944 (Singleton) 0439 185 275

Emergency Management

Jamie Maddocks -  0429 924 365

Other agencies

Animal Disease Hotline - 1800 675 888

Exotic Plant Pest Hotline - 1800 084 881

NSW Rural Fire Service - 1800 679 737

NSW State Emergency Services - 132 500