New South Wales residents are being asked to open their hearts and their holiday homes to victims of the state’s bushfire crisis.
Rain is set to ease conditions and provide relief for firefighters this week, however thousands remain homeless after bushfires destroyed their homes.
The NSW Rural Fire Service said 2,162 homes had been lost this fire season – 1,246 since New Year’s Day – with another 849 damaged.
The NSW government on Monday announced a scheme where holiday home owners in fire-hit areas offer them as temporary accommodation for displaced residents.
The scheme was announced by Bega MP Andrew Constance and Kiama MP Gareth Ward, whose electorates are among the hardest-hit by the bushfires.
Owners are being urged to register their holiday homes with local real estate agents so they can be offered to those in need of accommodation, with the government offering financial assistance.