Good news for inland communities. While clean up work officially began in Mogo on Thursday 20 February the Member for Monaro, John Barilaro has advised that areas in and around Nerriga, which were ravaged by bush fires over Summer, will soon take a massive step forward in their recovery, with Laing O’Rourke ramping up work in the region.
Deputy Premier, Minister responsible for Disaster Recovery and Member for Monaro John Barilaro said over the coming month Laing O’Rourke teams will start clearing debris from residential and eligible small business properties in Nerriga and surrounding localities including Corang, Oallen, Tomboye and Wog Wog.
“When fires swept through this part of the Monaro late last year the impact was devastating,” Mr Barilaro said.
“However, this community is strong and it was amazing to witness everyone come together to help those who lost everything during our worst fire season on record.”
Mr Barilaro said to allow the clean-up work to continue COVID-19 health and safety precautions will be taken, including social distancing during site visits.
“We’ve seen in other areas across the State that it takes around two days to clear debris on one property, however, it can take longer especially when there are hazardous materials such as asbestos,” Mr Barilaro said.
“Before the clean-up begins, Laing O’Rourke staff will talk to the residents about the specifics, including what to do if they find any personal belongings and what structures they want to be retained or removed.”
Mr Barilaro said that with State and Commonwealth Governments covering the cost of clean-up, it means insured owners will have more funds to devote to rebuilding and that uninsured owners will not be left out of pocket.
“I know the faster we can clean-up, the sooner communities can start rebuilding and get on with their lives. I hope that clearing the debris away, so that it is not a constant reminder, will help our region commence the healing process,” Mr Barilaro said.
“If you have already registered for the clean-up program, you don’t need to do anything more, and there is still time for owners of eligible properties to sign up if they have not already done so by calling Service NSW on 13 77 88.”
Residents with questions about the clean-up in Monaro can contact Laing O’Rourke by calling 1800 007 539.
For further information about the bushfire clean-up program, or to register, go to www.service.nsw.gov.au/transaction/register-opt-nsw-bushfire-clean More information on Eurobodalla cleanup HERE