The NSW Nationals in Government will co-ordinate the clean-up of residential and commercial properties destroyed by bushfires this season, at no cost to owners, so they can start rebuilding and communities can begin healing.

Deputy Premier and Minister responsible for Disaster Recovery John Barilaro said work was already underway to clear insured and uninsured properties.

“The threat of bushfire is far from over this summer, but we need to help people across the State to rebuild and recover as quickly as possible,” Mr Barilaro said.

“The NSW Government will shortly appoint major contractors to do the clean-up, who will be encouraged to engage local contractors wherever possible.

“This work will include containment and removal of asbestos contaminated bushfire-impacted materials, removal of all dangerous debris, including destroyed materials and hazardous trees and removal of concrete slab foundations.

“Cleaning up eligible destroyed properties will ensure that these costs are not deducted from funds available under residents’ insurance policies for rebuilding. For the uninsured, it’s one less thing to worry about.”

Clean-up arrangements co-ordinated by the NSW Nationals in Government will include:

  • The appointment of contractors in the south and the north to clean-up bushfire impacted properties.
  • Costs for clean-up will be covered by the NSW Government in partnership with the Federal Government.
  • Where insurance companies have commenced clean-up works for safety reasons these will continue.

The NSW Government will work with insurance companies to ensure that any policy holders who have already had clean-up work completed will be at no disadvantage.

With more than 2200 homes destroyed it is a mammoth task, which is why the NSW Nationals in Government have hit the ground running with the clean-up effort.

Impacted owners wanting their property cleared through this program need to call Service NSW on 13 77 88 to register their details and provide consent for access to their land.