The clean-up effort in the Northern Rivers region is nearing completion, with almost 22,000 truckloads of waste cleared from flood-affected communities and 940 cubic metres of debris removed from beaches and waterways.
Paul Toole, Deputy Premier, said the significant progress was thanks to the combined effort of emergency crews, local councils, New South Wales Government agencies and many others working in the clean-up process.
“Around 105,000 tonnes of waste has been removed from flood-affected areas and deposited at facilities in Alstonville and Coraki. That’s equivalent to over 135 Olympic swimming pools,” Toole said.
“The bulk of flood waste is being cleared from the temporary waste transfer facilities across these local government areas. As waste collection transitions back into local council waste facilities, the temporary waste transfer facilities in Alstonville, Coraki and Lismore will be stood down.”
Steph Cooke, Minister for Emergency Services and Resilience and Minister for Flood Recovery said the clean-up has been an emotional process for flood-affected communities.
“Kerbside piles of debris, including personal possessions destroyed by floodwaters, have been a constant reminder of the devastation,” Cooke said.
James Griffin, Minister for Environment said the shoreline clean-up being managed by the NSW Environment Protection Authority is assisting with the removal of waste from waterways in impacted areas.
“Debris is being collected from rivers, estuaries and beaches in impacted areas using boats, cranes, barges and hand picking,” Griffin said.“Since the beginning of March, a total of 4340 cubic metres of debris has been removed from impacted waterways across all of NSW. Almost a quarter of that came from the Tweed, Richmond and Wilsons rivers and the beaches around Ballina.”
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