Council welcomes help from State and Federal Governments for bushfire clean-up

Council welcomes help from State and Federal Governments for bushfire clean-up

Posted on: 31.01.2020

Wollondilly Council has welcomed the commitment by the State and Federal Governments to help with the clean-up of bushfire impacted properties, giving certainty to local residents as the recovery process continues.

The NSW and Commonwealth governments yesterday announced they will pay for the clean-up of residential and commercial properties destroyed by the recent NSW bushfires.

Residents should contact Service NSW directly on 13 77 88 for assistance.

Wollondilly Mayor Cr Deeth said, “To get the clean-up under way as quickly as possible, Wollondilly Council has been providing a free bushfire waste drop-off service at Bargo Waste Management Centre to our bushfire affected residents during December and January.”

“We were also able to extend this service to our bushfire affected neighbours in the Wingecarribee Shire, with residents from Balmoral and all of Buxton able to access the free bushfire waste drop-off during this time.”

“The new State appointed contractor will now take over work to assist the many properties that still need help to remove bushfire impacted material,” he said.

“Thank you to our local MPs Angus Taylor and Nathaniel Smith for helping make this happen.”

The cost of the NSW clean-up is expected to run into the hundreds of millions of dollars, though a definitive number cannot be settled until the fires have ceased.

Residents are encouraged to register with bushfire-affected properties by visiting the Service NSW website at http://service.nsw.gov.au/transaction/nsw-bushfire-clean-register-now or by ringing 13 77 88.

A representative from NSW Government appointed contractor Laing O’Rourke Australia will then be in contact.

Cr Deeth noted, “The Wollondilly community has been heavily impacted by the recent bushfire crisis and our thoughts are with everyone as they recover from this significant event.”

“Council will continue to provide support and advice to residents in the coming months, so if you need assistance please call our Customer Service staff on 4677 1100.”