Bega Valley communities will receive $2 million in disaster assistance funding for clean-up following the Tathra and District fire.
Assistance to the Bega Valley Shire Council is being provided through the jointly funded Commonwealth-State Natural Disaster Relief and Recovery Arrangements (NDRRA).
Minister for Law Enforcement and Cyber Security Angus Taylor, who has responsibility for Commonwealth disaster assistance, said effective clean-up is a vital component of disaster recovery to help people get on with their lives.
“This fire burned through over 1,300 hectares of land, leaving behind large amounts of debris, rubbish and property waste,” Mr Taylor said.
“The more efficiently waste from disasters can be removed, the sooner the impacted communities can begin the task of rebuilding.”
The New South Wales Minister for Emergency Services Troy Grant said Bega Valley Shire Council had been doing a tremendous job supporting the community since the fire and had waived their usual tip fees for impacted residents.
“As the clean-up of properties nears completion, more than 4,700 cubic metres of general waste and 5,300 cubic metres of asbestos waste has already been removed,” Mr Grant said.
“Council, local agencies and contractors have worked hard to ensure waste from the fire has been processed and disposed of safely and efficiently.”
This assistance will ensure Bega Valley Shire Council has the capacity to continue the important task of managing waste, and minimise disruption to the community.
Member for Bega Andrew Constance said that this funding will enhance the Bega Valley Shire Council’s ability to safely store potentially hazardous materials from the fire-affected properties.
“The government has teamed up with insurance companies and affected residents to remove the debris as quickly as possible. This process is nearly completed and I thank everyone involved for their hard work,” Mr Constance said.
Further information on disaster assistance is available on the Australian Government’s Disaster Assist website at disasterassist.gov.au and the NSW emergency information and recovery website at emergency.nsw.gov.au.
Source: Australian Government