NSW Gov fund $10M asbestos cleanup after Tathra bushfire

The NSW Government has announced it will assist the clean-up of homes destroyed by bushfires in Tathra, in partnership with insurers.

$10 million will be spent to remove asbestos contaminated materials and to help residents clean up their properties.

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NSW Public Works will coordinate the clean-up and will engage expert contractors regularly utilised in the aftermath of natural disasters.

The announcement means the cost of cleaning up properties in will not be deducted from funds available under resident’s insurance policies for rebuilding.

The clean-up package includes the removal of asbestos contaminated material, removal of dangerous debris, and the removal of concrete slabs.

Properties that are uninsured are also being provided financial assistance by the NSW Government.

Bega Council’s tip will also be funded to expand to ensure hazardous waste from the fire is disposed of safely.

“I am relieved that nobody lost their life, however with such devastating property loss and damage we need to help people rebuild and the community recover,” NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian said.

Member for Bega Andrew Constance said residents should be given time to see if any personal item can be salvaged once it is safe.

“We know the quicker the clean-up is completed, the faster the community can heal as a result of this natural disaster, and people can get on with rebuilding,” Mr Constance said.