Official Media Release

Nationals Providing Financial Assistance For Bushfire Clean Up

Michael Johnsen MP, Member for Upper Hunter has welcomed the commitment by the NSW Nationals in Government of $25 million in order to help with the clean-up costs of the recent bushfires which have devastated much of NSW.

Mr Johnsen said that after seeing and hearing the amazing actions of communities during this period, that it is now time for the Government to do its part.

“The NSW Nationals in Government are providing disaster recovery relief to help communities get back on their feet as soon as possible,” Mr Johnsen said.

“The funding will help pay for the clean-up of hazardous materials including the removal of asbestos-contaminated material released as a result of the bushfires, concrete slabs, and all dangerous debris including destroyed homes and trees.

The NSW Nationals in Government will also waive waste levy fees for residents disposing of bushfire-generated waste at nominated facilities saving households thousands of dollars. Building materials, garniture and any other bushfire generated waste is included.

Mr Johnsen continued, saying this funding will go a long way in terms of helping bushfire affected regions recover from the damage caused by the recent blazes.

“Regional NSW is going through an incredibly difficult time with the dry conditions  biting hard and ferocious bushfires across the state and this funding is an important step towards helping our communities get back on their feet,” Mr Johnsen said.

“Homes and lives have been destroyed and our Government will do everything we can to help regional families rebuild and recover for the long run.

“The NSW Nationals in Government will continue to be part of the disaster recover for the long term, with more support to be made available as the extent of the damage becomes clear,” Mr Johnsen concluded.

The exemption of waste levy fees applies until 29 February 2020 on debris and waste created by these bushfires.

For a full list of all Councils where waste levy exemptions apply click here.