The bushfire clean-up continues to progress. The process comes with a mix of emotions as well as frustrations around delays and communication glitches. This is an enormous, unprecedented and complex task, however huge progress has been made in getting people back on to the land they love and know.
With more than 900 registrations, 668 job tickets created and the cleaning of 379 properties either commenced or complete as of mid-June, Laing O’Rourke is well over half way through the program. In recent weeks the pace has ramped up with 31 teams across the shire averaging 40 to 50 property clean ups a week. Completion of all registered, in scope clean-ups is scheduled by the end of July according to the Deputy Premier, John Barilaro.
You can find out where the clean-up program is at and the estimated timings for the Bega Valley Shire on the NSW Bushfire Clean-up Info Hub www.cleanup.lnbr.com.au
Laing O’Rourke have worked through their list of property owners and there’s still a sense that some people entitled to the free clean-up have not registered and are not on the list. Call 1800 007 539 to register.
Equally, if you think you have registered but haven’t heard from Laing O’Rourke, call 1800 007 539 to check your registration.
It's important to understand what will be in scope and out of scope when it comes to the clean-up of your property.
There are some important things you can do ahead of clean-up starting on your property, that will help make the process as smooth as possible and we've prepared a fact sheet to guide you.
Outside of the free Laing O’Rourke clean-up scope of works there is still a need in the community to dispose of fire waste including vegetation, fencing and cars, largely on rural properties.
We’re working hard to understand just how much out of scope burnt waste exists throughout the Shire and creating solutions for how we might get that waste to the Central Waste Facility. Council’s Recovery team is working with the Public Works Authority and the Environmental Protection Agency to get a handle on the volume and how it’s best managed. We don’t have an answer yet but will keep you informed.
The program we’re running with for roadside vegetation clean-up, is a little more straightforward, with funding for these works extended until November.
The program is operating across the shire, with crews working in the north and south. Where appropriate we’re taking an environmentally-friendly approach retaining vegetation on site as a sediment control or habitat.