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Recovery planning begins

The Boys Club supply centre which is sending out essential food and supplies to those impacted by the fire.

Snowy Valleys Council mayor James Hayes said the community would respond to the challenge of recovering from the Dunns Road fire, which has  impacted communities and key industries across the region.

 “With such devastation and adversity, I’m heartened by the outpouring of generosity by the community. It’s been wonderful,” Cr Hayes said.

 “As we look towards recovery, I’d ask everyone to look after their neighbours, and their loved ones and take care with each other.

 “It shows what a really strong community we live in. At times we can bicker and carry on, but in such times it shows that strength of character and resoluteness I guess that comes to the fore.”

 Cr Hayes said the community would further draw on its strength during the long recovery process.

 There had also been offers of support from outside the community, which would help this region get back on its feet.

 “I’ve been inundated with offers of assistance and wishes from a lot of people, from the deputy Prime Minister down,” Mr Hayes said.

 “That’s been great, as has been the generosity of people donating.

 “I would ask people donating in the future to consider the local gift cards, so people who have lost everything can buy. These can be left at council.”

 The council released a statement yesterday, saying planning for recovery has commenced, even as the current disaster is still very much alive.

 “This is going to be a long journey and current priorities are keeping people alive and reuniting families, getting a roof over everyone’s head, getting food and fuel into the area, getting and keeping our transport, water, sewer, power and telecommunications infrastructure operating, cleaning up and getting businesses re-established,” the council statement said.

 A Regional Recovery Committee has been established covering Snowy Valleys, Bega Valley, Eurobodalla, Shoalhaven, Snowy Mountains, and Queanbeyan-Palerang Councils.

 General Managers from the six councils teleconferenced with the Office of Emergency Management on Friday.

 The State will bring all key agencies together to work with councils to assess damage and needs and commence the critical stages. Bega Council’s General Manager Leanne Barnes is Deputy Chair of the group.

 A Recovery Coordinator has been appointed by the Premier to cover the area. Dick Adams, a former senior police commander has been announced and will visit the region next week.

 Funding has been announced for some activities and the Federal and State Governments have given a commitment to supporting communities through this process over the coming weeks, months, years.

 The council said it would establish a recovery action committee which will meet this week.

 The key areas of focus will be health and well-being, agriculture and livestock, business and tourism, infrastructure, waste and environment, donations and disaster relief, communications and community engagement.

 The council will also look to refocus its council “business as usual” activities as it deal swith the challenges ahead.

 State agencies will also be involved in the process of transitioning from the current evacuation centres to disaster welfare assistance and how this will work to assist communities across the area.

 The council wil continue updating communities across a range of mediums and through community meetings.

 Clean up and insurance; the NSW State Government has advised that it will cover site clean-up costs for all destroyed/damaged properties – insured and not insured. This means that insurance payments can be fully utilised for rebuilding..

 “With such devastation and adversity, I’m heartened by the outpouring of generosity by the community. It’s been wonderful,” Cr Hayes said.

 “As we look towards recovery, I’d ask everyone to look after their neighbours, and their loved ones and take care with each other.

 “It shows what a really strong community we live in. At times we can bicker and carry on, but in such times it shows that strength of character and resoluteness I guess that comes to the fore.”

 Cr Hayes said the community would further draw on its strength during the long recovery process.

 There had also been offers of support from outside the community, which would help this region get back on its feet.

 “I’ve been inundated with offers of assistance and wishes from a lot of people, from the deputy Prime Minister down,” Mr Hayes said.

 “That’s been great, as has been the generosity of people donating.

 “I would ask people donating in the future to consider the local gift cards, so people who have lost everything can buy. These can be left at council.”

 The council released a statement yesterday, saying planning for recovery has commenced, even as the current disaster is still very much alive.

 “This is going to be a long journey and current priorities are keeping people alive and reuniting families, getting a roof over everyone’s head, getting food and fuel into the area, getting and keeping our transport, water, sewer, power and telecommunications infrastructure operating, cleaning up and getting businesses re-established,” the council statement said.

 A Regional Recovery Committee has been established covering Snowy Valleys, Bega Valley, Eurobodalla, Shoalhaven, Snowy Mountains, and Queanbeyan-Palerang Councils.

 General Managers from the six councils teleconferenced with the Office of Emergency Management on Friday.

 The State will bring all key agencies together to work with councils to assess damage and needs and commence the critical stages. Bega Council’s General Manager Leanne Barnes is Deputy Chair of the group.

 A Recovery Coordinator has been appointed by the Premier to cover the area. Dick Adams, a former senior police commander has been announced and will visit the region next week.

 Funding has been announced for some activities and the Federal and State Governments have given a commitment to supporting communities through this process over the coming weeks, months, years.

 The council said it would establish a recovery action committee which will meet this week.

 The key areas of focus will be health and well-being, agriculture and livestock, business and tourism, infrastructure, waste and environment, donations and disaster relief, communications and community engagement.

 The council will also look to refocus its council “business as usual” activities as it deal swith the challenges ahead.

 State agencies will also be involved in the process of transitioning from the current evacuation centres to disaster welfare assistance and how this will work to assist communities across the area.

 The council wil continue updating communities across a range of mediums and through community meetings.

 Clean up and insurance; the NSW State Government has advised that it will cover site clean-up costs for all destroyed/damaged properties – insured and not insured. This means that insurance payments can be fully utilised for rebuilding.