Kurnell Storm Disaster Recovery Information

Update on Mayor's Disaster Relief Appeal for Kurnell Residents

Sutherland Shire Council in partnership with the Salvation Army, launched the Sutherland Shire Mayor’s Kurnell Disaster Appeal to raise money to assist Kurnell residents affected by the tornado of December 2015. The appeal raised more than $300,000 with $105,000 being distributed so far to 160 Kurnell families.  

Property Assistance is being provided to 39 most severely structurally damaged homes identified by Fire and Rescue NSW inspection.

Applications are still open for Personal Hardship and Extenuating Circumstances Assistance

Applications are currently open for those in genuine need of financial assistance due to personal hardship or extenuating circumstances resulting from the Kurnell disaster. Applications close 5pm on Friday, 15 April 2016. No late applications will be accepted.

How to apply for assistance

Download  an Extenuating Circumstance or Personal Hardship Application Form.  Applications must be completed and submitted with supporting documentation attached.

Kurnell Recovery Community Information Session

Sutherland Shire Council, in partnership with the Australian Red Cross is providing a Community Information Session to assist residents of Kurnell.

WHEN: 6.30pm - 8pm on Wednesday, 13 April 2016
WHERE: Marton Community Hall, 92 Captain Cook Drive, Kurnell

The information session has been organised to provide residents with information and support in the recovery process.


  • Sutherland Shire Council
  • Alex Tanfield and Melissa Morgan - Australian Red Cross
  • Brenda Staggs - Legal Aid NSW
  • Greg Warfe - Insurance Council of Australia

Speakers will cover:

  • an update on the clean up process and the Mayor's Kurnell Disaster Appeal
  • development assessment processes and assistance from council planners.
  • the Red Cross Community Recovery and Outreach Project and community support available for residents to access.
  • challenges and assistance in navigating insurance companies and claims.
  • legal issues faced post disaster, resident rights and options to pursue legal remedies
  • avenues for additional support and information. 

Information for Kurnell Residents 

Council understands the difficulties faced by the Kurnell community following the recent storm and would like to help by providing information and streamlined approvals processes. 

If you need to demolish your house

If you need to demolish your house, you will need to lodge a development application. We just need you to answer a few simple questions on the application form so that we can tailor the approval to your circumstances. Council will waive the fee and do its best to get the approval emailed to you within 24 hours.

If you need to undertake repairs and/or minor works

Most minor work can be undertaken without needing Council’s approval. This includes repair and replacement of your roof, wall cladding and windows, new carports, driveways, rainwater tanks, garden sheds, cubby houses, balconies, small decks and pergolas. Limitations on the size of structures and other controls apply to these works and should be checked first. As a rule of thumb, if you are replacing like with like you don’t require approval.

If you need to rebuild your house or undertake repairs that changes its size or shape

If you need to rebuild your house or have decided to change its size or shape, you will need to lodge a development application. Council has set up a team to fast track all development applications in Kurnell. We encourage you to engage a reputable company to assist you to prepare the application and have them talk to us about how we can best assist you. Council’s new planning rules under SSLEP2015 and draft SSDCP2015 are a good guide to helping you design your new house.

Helpful contacts

Support and Outreach 
Red Cross is conducting outreach in Kurnell and will be running a Disaster Recovery and Preparedness Project aimed at further assisting the Kurnell
ph: 1800 077 284
e: nswemergency@redcross.org.au

Emergency Relief
If you are in financial crisis and need assistance contact:

Salvation Army
ph: 1300 371 288
e: mirandasalvos@gmail.com

Wesley Community Services
ph: 1300 818 270

Advanced Diversity Services
ph: 9597 5455
e: info@advancediversity.org.au

ph: 9525 4971 or 9521 8280
e: welcome@oranainc.org

Reaching (food and material relief)
ph: 0411 575 733
e: contact@reaching.org.au

Psychological Support Services
If you are experiencing health issues (anxiety, trauma and/or depression) contact your General Practitioner (GP) and ask for a GP Mental Health Treatment Plan or call:

NSW Mental Health Access Line
ph: 1800 011 511

ph: 13 11 14

Youth Services
Project Youth operates a regular drop-in service at Kurnell Youth Centre:
ph: 9525 7919
e: admin@projectyouth.org.au

Headspace Miranda provides mental health services for 12 to 25 year olds:
ph: 9575 1500
e: headspace.miranda@cesphn.com.au

Kids Help Line:
ph: 1800 551 800

Services to assist older residents
BeConnected Community Services provides social support for older people (over 65 years)
ph: 9544 0104
e: danielle@neighbouraid.co


Address: marton, Kurnell

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