DISASTER ZONE: The scene in Woodburn after last week’s savage storm. Last weekend saw the clean-up in full swing.
DISASTER ZONE: The scene in Woodburn after last week’s savage storm. Last weekend saw the clean-up in full swing. Patrick Gorbunovs

Clean-up continuing

WOODBURN'S clean-up and recovery effort is in progress, but there is still "a lot to be done," according to a spokeswoman from Richmond Valley Council.

Work has been done to clean debris off council land, to clean up asbestos, and affected residents were allowed to take their debris to the Evans Head Transfer Station and the Bora Ridge Landfill free of charge.

There was also a roadside pick-up yesterday for all residents who had waste or debris they wanted to get rid of.

"If they put it in front of their house, we have a work crew picking it up," council spokeswoman Sharon Davidson said.

Ms Davidson said that while there was a lot to do, and it could take a while to complete, the clean-up work was progressing.

"It's slow, but it's happening," she said. "There is still a lot of cleaning up to do, and there will be a lot of renovating to do on our buildings."

However, the clean-up effort is not the only way the council is helping residents of Woodburn.

According to Ms Davidson, there is a Disaster and Welfare Assistance line that deals with those who have had personal hardship or distress from the storm.

The line is particularly aimed at the elderly and people who are not insured.

There is also the independent Facebook page, Woodburn Storm, that offers help to Woodburn residents.

It allows them to gain items that they need, by inviting people to post any items they are willing to give away, and residents to post what items they need.

 

By the numbers

1800 018 444 Residents in need of personal hardship and distress assistance should call the Disaster Welfare Assistance line and speak to a Disaster Recovery Officer;

1800 678 593 for primary producers seeking loans from the NSW Rural Assistance Authority;

02 9228 5181 for sporting clubs, churches, and not-for-profit organisations seeking help with restoration costs from the NSW Treasury.

 


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