Bushfire recovery contractor Laing O’Rourke says it’s transitioning the bushfire clean-up back to the NSW Government after clearing more than 3200 affected properties.
The company was engaged by the NSW Government to accelerate the clean-up of 2800 fire-damaged properties across the state. After clearing those properties by the 30 June deadline, the contractor was asked to stay on to clear additional properties that had registered for the program.
“From day one, this project has called on us to apply an extra special level of dedication, effort and care to help thousands of families across the state to take the first step towards rebuilding,” said a Laing O’Rourke spokesperson.
“We set ourselves the challenge to think differently and to remain focused on getting the job done as quickly and safely as possible while being sensitive to communities impacted by the bushfires. We are proud of the way the team has pulled together to deliver for bushfire-impacted communities around NSW and provided an opportunity to begin to reimagine a new life after such tragedy.
“However, we couldn’t have done this without the support of local communities, businesses and our supply chain partners across the state. Thank you for your trust and support during the past five months.
“While our role on the bushfire clean-up program is coming to an end, the NSW Government and Laing O’Rourke remain acutely aware that there are still eligible properties registered to be cleared.
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“We still have more than 120 clean-up crews working across the state to complete these remaining properties as quickly and safely as possible. They will continue clearing these properties until the job is done.”
All eligible properties that have been inspected will be cleared by Laing O’Rourke. Future registrations from the end of July will be managed by the NSW Government’s Public Works Advisory.
The Laing O’Rourke spokesperson said the company is continuing to work with local Service NSW outlets and councils to proactively contact anyone identified as having experienced bushfire damage to ensure they are aware of the free clean-up service and to encourage them to register.
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“Every person who has registered should have heard from Laing O’Rourke by now,” said the spokesperson. “So if you know someone who hasn’t heard from the team, please ask them to get in touch to double-check their registration and get an update on the progress of their clean-up.
“They can do this by calling 13 77 88 or visiting Service NSW.”