Dick Adams, the Recovery Coordinator for Southern NSW, was in the region yesterday, meeting with local government, industry, government agencies and those impacted by the Dunns Road bushfire.
Mr Adams is responsible for an area stretching from just south of Sydney, including the south coast, snowy mountains and south west slopes.
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.
He said this would be the first of many visits.
His first priority was to meet the immediate needs of people impacted by the fires.
“We’ll set up recovery centres if needed, to try to meet their immediate needs,” Mr Adams said.
“I realise this isn’t a homogeneous area. There are different communities with different needs. We’ll have mobile teams going out to people.
“The difficulty at the moment is that we still have an active fire.”
Mr Adams has spoken with the softwoods industry, Snowy Hydro 2.0 – for whom he’s facilitated access to the Lobs Hole worksite – and Batlow orchardists
“We’ll be looking at what we can do to assist orchardists, working with council and local MPs, to see what we can do in the short term to get them into some sort of production,” he said.
Mr Adams said he was “in it for the long haul”.
If you have been impacted by the bushfires and require emergency support, please contact the Disaster Welfare Line on 1800 018 444.