Premier appoints recovery coordinator for Southern NSW

Published: 3 Jan 2020

Released by: The Premier

Premier Gladys Berejiklian and Acting Minister for Police and Emergency Services Anthony Roberts today announced the appointment of Mr Dick Adams as Recovery Coordinator for Southern NSW.


Fires have already significantly impacted many communities across Northern NSW and recovery operations have been underway there since Mr Euan Ferguson began as Recovery Coordinator for the region in early November.

More recent fires have devastated communities in Southern NSW and it is appropriate that an additional Recovery Coordinator is appointed to work with local government and communities to ensure they can get back on their feet as quickly as possible.

“The fires in Southern NSW have devastated many communities. They will have our full support in the days, weeks, months and even years ahead as they recover from these tragic events,” Ms Berejiklian said.

“While damage assessments are ongoing and hampered by active fires, it is clear that many properties have been destroyed and it is appropriate to appoint Mr Adams immediately to ensure recovery operations begin as soon as possible.”

Mr Roberts said Mr Adams’ stewardship would ensure a coordinated and consistent recovery effort.

“Mr Adams retired as a Deputy Commissioner after 35 years in the NSW Police Force. He was a former State Emergency Operations Controller and has extensive experience as a recovery coordinator having led the bushfire recovery efforts in Wyong, Lake Macquarie and Port Stephens in 2013,” Mr Roberts said.

If you have been impacted by the bushfires and require emergency support, please contact the Disaster Welfare Line on 1800 018 444.

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