Member for Myall Lakes, Stephen Bromhead 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.

“The impacts of the recent bushfires that have devastated much of our state have been felt particularly hard in Myall Lakes, Mr Bromhead said.

“After seeing and hearing the amazing actions of our community during this period, I cannot express how proud I am to be the representative of this amazing electorate during these trying times.

“It is now time for the Government to do our part, which is why the NSW Nationals in Government are providing disaster recovery relief to help residents of Myall Lakes to get back on their feet as soon as possible.”

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 funding is for those who were  insured and uninsured.

Those wishing to make an application under the program are encouraged to contact the Disaster Welfare Assistance Line on 1800 018 444 for more information.

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.

Deputy Premier and Leader of the NSW Nationals John Barilaro said 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 drought biting hard and ferocious bushfires across the state and this funding is an important step towards helping communities get back on their feet, Mr Barilaro said.

“Homes and lives have been destroyed and this 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.

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