Mike Baird is briefed by an SES controller during his visit to Kurnell.Twenty houses were destroyed or damaged to the point of being uninhabitable by the tornado which ripped through Kurnell six days ago.
Sutherland Shire Mayor Carmelo Pesce revealed this in an update on the disaster.
“I want to stress to the local community that we are here to help and support you for as long as you need,” he said.
Cr Pesce said an extensive multi-agency response was activated within the hour of the event through the Local Emergency Management Committee (LEMC).
“To date, the SES with support from Fire & Rescue NSW and police, has been the principal response agency,” he said.
“Upon confirmation of no loss of life or serious injury, attention has focused on community welfare and protecting people from the significant asbestos contamination that resulted from many houses being damaged.
“At this stage it is understood 20 houses have been destroyed or significantly damaged to the point that they are uninhabitable.
“We understand that all residents made homeless have been provided with temporary housing.
“Electricity supply was completely cut to the peninsula, however power has now been restored.
“Council has commenced recovery clean up and we have deployed all council and contract resources available.
“We will continue with clean up efforts until the job is done.”
Cr Pesce said residents were asked to place non-contaminated rubbish at kerb side for collection subject to their insurance company giving permission for it to be removed.
“Due to the ongoing risk of asbestos contamination, some waste collection will be slower than would otherwise be the case,” he said.
“Council staff will continue to work closely with residents to assist in the complete removal of all waste.
“It is anticipated that the SES will soon hand the lead agency role to council
“We are in the process of applying for disaster relief funding and will continue to call upon other agencies to assist as necessary.
“Following the initial recovery and cleanup effort, council’s attention will move to assessing tree damage and facilitating tree removal permits on a needs basis.
“We have set up a fast track process to assist residents who have to remove structures and/or houses.
Any fees not covered by insurance for tree removal and demolition as a consequence of the storm will be waived.
“Similarly, we will set up a process of fast tracking DAs for new dwellings which we anticipate receiving from early next year.”
Cr Pesce thanked emergency service personnel “for their outstanding professionalism and their willingness to do everything they can to assist the Kurnell community”.
“I am also very proud of our council staff who have demonstrated a wonderful commitment to assist in any way possible, and who will take on the longer term task of full recovery for Kurnell’s residents and businesses,” he said.
For information on the recovery operation, including household garbage and other waste collection as well as useful links and contact numbers for other agencies, visit the council’s website http://老域名sutherlandshire.nsw.gov备案老域名/Home
The Salvation Army is conducting a community appeal at the request of Sutherland Shire Council to help residents and the business community of Kurnell.
To support the Sutherland Shire Mayor’s Kurnell Disaster Appeal, phone 13 72 58 or online at 老域名salvos.org备案老域名/donate
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