Blue Mountains bush fire recovery update

Published 11th December, 2013 in Emergency Services

Minister for Finance and Services Andrew Constance announced that 72 homes in the Blue Mountains have been cleared as the bush fire recovery operation continues to gain momentum.

minister speaking to residents
Bush fire recovery update

This includes homes that have been cleared by individual residents as well as insurers as part of the NSW Government’s clean-up package.

It’s expected that around 100 homes will be cleared by Christmas, with crews from NRMA Insurance, Suncorp and Allianz working seven days a week removing debris.

“The clean-up operation is progressing well, but we know the road to recovery will be a long one for residents,” Mr Constance said.

“The NSW Government, in partnership with insurers, is committed to ensuring the clean-up is done as quickly as possible, so residents can get on with rebuilding their homes.”

A community meeting will be held at Winmalee High School on Monday 16 December with stalls manned by various government agencies opening at 6:30pm, with the meeting to start at 7:30pm.

“This meeting will be an opportunity for residents to raise any issues or concerns directly to me, the Minister for Police and Emergency Services Michael Gallacher, and Blue Mountains MP Roza Sage,” Mr Constance said.

The NSW Government is determined to ensure the proper supports are in place for residents during what will be a difficult time over the Christmas and New Year period.

The Bush Fire Information and Support Centre is open at the ex-Legacy Building at 7/5 Raymond Lance, Springwood. It can be contacted on 02 4751 6423.

Representatives are at the Centre to provide information on the following issues:

  • Waste management and asbestos issues (NSW Public Works and the Environment Protection Agency)
  • Phase 2 of the clean-up and disposal (NSW Public Works and Environment Protection Agency)
  • Housing needs (Wentworth Community Housing)
  • Insurance
  • Unscrupulous trades people (NSW Fair Trading)
  • Legal Aid
Published 11th December, 2013 in Emergency Services