Council fires up to connect bushfire- affected residents with assistance.

Council’s Manager Development and Environment Mary-Anne Crawford and Manager Infrastructure Services Damian Morris at the Community Recovery Drop-In Session held at Broke Community Hall on 29 January.

Singleton Council is hosting two Community Recovery Drop-In sessions to help bushfire-affected residents access the range of assistance available to them. Drop-in sessions will take place at Putty Hall on Saturday 15 February from 11am to 3pm and Bulga Hall on Tuesday 18 February from 2pm to 6pm.

As of 4 February, one residential dwelling was destroyed, seven were damaged and 11 outbuildings were either destroyed or damaged in the Singleton local government area.

Each session will feature representatives from Council, NSW RFS, Local Land Service and State Government agencies including NSW Police.

Mark Ihlein, Council’s Director Planning and Infrastructure Services Group said the sessions were designed to provide information about State and Federal recovery grants, mental health support, Council services including waste, animal welfare and property damage, as well as provide the opportunity for Council to gather feedback from residents about bushfire impacts.

“Because the bushfires have had such a significant impact on our community, this is an opportunity support residents at our affected localities with easy-to-find advice as to what assistance is available and how to access it,” he said.

Council was also providing practical assistance by waiving the full gate fee at the Singleton Waste Management Facility, and the EPA had waived its waste levy to provide free waste disposal for bushfire-affected residents.

“Anyone affected by bushfire can dispose of waste for free via an application process that is as seamless as possible at the Waste Management Facility,” Mr Ihlein said.

“We also have a process for asbestos, which will also have the fee waived.”

Drop-in sessions will take place at Putty Hall on Saturday 15 February from 11am to 3pm and Bulga Hall on Tuesday 18 February from 2pm to 6pm.