Property damaged by last Saturday’s storm (17.11.12) that devastated parts of Woodburn.
Property damaged by last Saturday’s storm (17.11.12) that devastated parts of Woodburn. Patrick Gorbunovs

Woodburn working hard on clean-up

WOODBURN locals and Richmond Valley Council have their priorities clear to get the area cleaned up and on track to make a full recovery from last weekend's storms.

Richmond Valley Council has announced a special kerbside collection for Woodburn and storm-affected areas in Evans Head and Broadwater.

The collection will take place this Monday, November 26 and is funded by the Disaster Relief Arrangements.

The collection will start from 7am and finish at 4pm.This may vary depending on use of contractors.

The collection will most likely take place across several days. Crews will be picking up from every street.

Richmond Valley Council General Manager John Walker explained that his Council and emergency assistance organisations are still working on "removing any asbestos material (see related article), making buildings safe and making sure people are safe too."

Mr Walker explained that most of the physical work should be completed by the time the kerbside collection starts on Monday.

John Walker also reminded residents to seek Council approval for rebuilding when required.

"Circumstances where prior approval is required are the reconstruction of any dwelling which has been partially or totally demolished as a result of the recent storm, or where rebuilding works incorporate significant changes to the building footprint, building size or building use."

For further information, residents can contact Council's Infrastructure and Environment Section on 6660 0300.

A Facebook page has also been set-up for Woodburn residents to help each other during the clean-up.

The page, called Woodburn Storm, was set-up for people to list what they have available to donate and match it with those in need of those items.

The page has already over 250 followers and was set-up last Tuesday, November 20.

Residents should check Council's website - www.richmondvalley.nsw.gov.au - for further information on what assistance is available to storm-affected residents.

Useful numbers

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

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

1800 814 647 for primary producers seeking transport subsidies from the Department of Primary Industries;

1800 678 593 for small business loans from the NSW Rural Assistance Authority;

1300 139 814 for motor vehicle stamp duty relief from the Office of State Revenue; and

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



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