Council supports bushfire victims

Media release - 21 February 2017

Kempsey Shire Council is showing its support to residents in Dondingalong, affected by the recent devastating fires, by allowing them to dispose of their resulting waste for free.

The Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) has approved a temporary waste levy exemption for Council, meaning that affected residents can dispose of waste free of charge at Council’s Waste Management Centre on Crescent Head Road, South Kempsey until 31 March.

The following materials will be accepted: building rubble such as brick, concrete, asphalt and timber as well as carpets and furniture.

Council’s Coordinator of Civic Services, Steve Pellen, said it is a simple measure that allows Council to alleviate some of the stress for residents.

“It’s a hard time already for residents without having to think about paying to dispose of waste caused by something out of their control so it’s great news that the EPA is working with Council to assist local families with their clean-up efforts,” Mr Pellen said.

It is important, however, that residents call Council before going to the Waste Management Centre.

“Residents need to call and book in a time and day to drop off the waste so that Council can provide them with a unique code,” Mr Pellen said.

“We also need to know if you are planning to dispose of building materials that may contain asbestos so Council can work with residents prior to disposal, for the safety of residents in our community.”

Affected residents, who would like to dispose of fire damaged waste, should phone Council’s Customer Service Centre on 6566 3200