Recovery Centre Relocation
Following the Easter long weekend, the Community Bushfire Recovery Centre will be relocating to the Gidgegannup Place Office (next to the Bakery).
The centre will be open from 9am until 5pm Wednesday to Friday and 9am until 12pm on Saturday. The CWA will also be moving their physical donations and other support, such as food to the CWA Hall at the Gidgegannup Showgrounds – where support with stock feed will also continue to be available.
The City of Swan would like to convey its sincere appreciation and thanks to the Gidgegannup Recreation Club for their support and hospitality over the last two months, the movement of the Recovery Centre will now enable other community activities to recommence at Percy Cullen Oval.
Gidgegannup Place Office address: Unit 4, 2125 Toodyay Road (next to the Gidgegannup Bakery and Cafe), Gidgegannup 6083
The City has been engaged with many residents who have gone above and beyond in helping the community recover from the recent bushfires.
If you know of someone who has gone above and beyond in supporting the Gidgegannup community recently, please let us know via email@example.com.
Ease WA Access Free Animal Feed changing hours
The opening hours for the free animal feed at Gidggeannup Showgrounds is now 10am-2pm daily (closed on Mondays and Wednesdays).
Site planning meetings start
The Department of Water and Environmental Regulation has processed 131 Authority to Act forms for residents from the City of Swan (119) and the Shire of Mundaring (12) as part of the Wooroloo Bushfire Coordinated Residential Clean-up Program. The State Government is working with the Insurance Council of Australia and its members to ensure the clean-up program helps to maximise the insurance benefits available for residents with insurance. Refer to the Insurance Council of Australia - Clean-up factsheet which provides information for insurance policy holders.
Environmental contractor, GHD has started contacting residents who have lodged Authority to Act forms to arrange meetings as soon as possible. The first meeting was held on Tuesday. Each impacted resident meets with the contractor to go through the details of the program as it will apply to their impacted property.
Sites with asbestos are being prioritised to remove this potential hazard from the community and a hotline for impacted residents to enquire about clean-up timelines specific to their site will be established shortly. Contracts for demolition and debris removal are being finalised and will be announced shortly.
Update on financial assistance payments
Thank you to everyone who's submitted an application for bushfire relief funding. In good news, this week the Board of the Lord Mayor's Distress Relief Fund (LMDRF) approved an additional payment of $25,000 for all owner occupiers whose homes were destroyed in the recent Wooroloo and Hills Bushfire, bringing the total eligible amount up to $50,000. The payment will be deposited into approved applicant’s bank accounts this week - if you haven't already submitted your application, visit www.swan.wa.gov.au/lordmayorfund
The LMDRF Board have now broadened the categories of assistance (as of this week) to home owners who suffered partial property damage, or lost other property such as water tanks, fencing and sheds. The City will now assess these applications and make recommendations to the City of Perth. Please note, loss of livestock, smoke damage and loss of income are not being considered currently, however will be addressed by the LMDRF sub-committee in the near future.
The LMDRF Board also approved an additional category for payment, which means people choosing to rebuild can access up to $2,000 to assist with additional costs associated with Bushfire Attack Level approvals. The application process for this assistance will be developed in consultation with the City of Swan.
Process for financial support payments
The City of Swan is working with funding bodies to help get financial support payments processed as soon as possible. Our role is collecting and assessing applications against the criteria. So far, we've received 164 applications for the LMDRF and 217 for the State Government Bushfire Relief Payments.
For the Bushfire Relief Payments, the City also processes the payment on behalf of the State Government.
For the Lord Mayor's Distress Relief Fund (LMDRF), the City reviews and forwards eligible applications to the Board of the LMDRF who determine if the application is approved, or if more information is needed. Once the Board has all required information and the application is approved, the money is paid directly into the applicants account by the City of Perth as soon as possible.
We acknowledge the process has taken time for some applications to be fully processed and we thank you for your patience. It's our priority to provide support to you as soon as possible, while ensuring the funds are managed responsibly to protect our community.
How much am I eligible for?
LMDRF: This week, the board of the LMDRF approved an additional payment of $25,000 for owner-occupier applicants with total loss of property, bringing the total amount eligible to $50,000. The second $25,000 payment is being deposited into approved applicant’s bank accounts this week.
Occupiers of properties (those renting) where the house and its contents have been destroyed, are eligible to receive $25,000.
State Government Bushfire Relief Payments: $4,000 to those whose homes have been destroyed and $2,000 to those whose homes have been damaged.
For more information and to apply:
Apply here for the Lord Mayor's Distress Relief Fund.
Apply here for the State Government Bushfire Relief Payments.
If you have any questions, please call our Bushfire Recovery team on 0438 242 356 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
First contract for Clean-Up Program awarded
The first contract for the Wooroloo Bushfire Coordinated Residential Clean-up Program has been awarded. Environmental contractor, GHD has been appointed to manage the Site Planning Meetings and environmental testing processes. GHD has started the process of contacting residents who have lodged Authority to Act forms to arrange Site Planning Meetings as soon as possible. The first individual site clean-up planning meetings have been scheduled and will start on Tuesday (23 March). Sites with asbestos are being prioritised to remove this potential hazard from the community.
Further contracts for demolition and debris removal are being finalised next week.
A hotline for impacted residents to enquire about the site planning meeting process specific to their site will be established shortly and provided to impacted residents.
Stabilising asbestos in Wooroloo
The Wooroloo Coordinated Residential Clean-up Program has progressed with the completion of its asbestos stabilisation work at 19 properties.
The binding agents used on these sites are a bright blue colour to make sure areas are marked clearly for cleaning teams, and to make sure no asbestos fibres are released into the atmosphere. We’ll keep you updated on the progress of the clean-up as it progresses.
The Wooroloo Bushfire Coordinated Residential Clean-up Program is collaboration between the Department of Water and Environmental Regulation (DWER), the Shire of Mundaring, the Department of Fire and Emergency Services WA (DFES) and the City of Swan. The clean-up is designed to assist residents whose homes and property were affected by the bushfire.
For more information visit www.wa.gov.au
Behind the scenes with Disaster Relief Australia
Disaster Relief Australia are on deck helping our bushfire-impacted community clean-up after the Wooroloo fire. Now recovery is well underway, the team invite you to visit their base this weekend and see what they're all about.
Saturday, March 20, 9am - 12pm
Mundaring Arena - 50 Mundaring Weir Road
We are thankful to have the DRA team on board to help with all sorts of jobs from chainsaw work, to debris clean-up and bobcat and escavator work.
The volunteers are not only rolling up their sleeves to get the job done, but working hard to understand the needs of our local people and provide support.
If you'd like to get involved, visit www.disasterreliefaus.org/volunteer/
We're seeing some more growth in the affected areas – this time at FR Berry Reserve. Have a look at what looks like a Xanthorrhoea (grass tree), but is actually called Kingia australis. On the right are these new Grevillea sprouts coming through.
Our latest update to the Bushfire Dashboard is about environmental recovery. In it, we cover native wildlife, fire management on your property, weed control, designing a more firewise garden, native species selection for revegetation, and reducing erosion on your property.
Get to know more about the road to recovery at the Environmental Recovery page.
From little things
While the landscape has taken a mighty hit from the recent Wooroloo bushfires, already you can begin to see nature beginning anew. Take a look at these new green sprouts from the Xanthorrhoea – a native tree that is resilient in bushfires.
Incredible effort from our Ellenbrook and Swan Valley community who organised a charity cricket match to raise $20,000 for the Wooroloo fire recovery. You continue to amaze us with your generosity and Aussie mateship, in the worst of times and in the best. If you would like to make a personal donation to The Lord Mayors Distress Relief Fund visit www.appealswa.org.au
All clear signal
The Department of Fire and Emergency Services WA has given the All Clear for the areas of Avon Valley National Park, Bailup, Brigadoon, Bullsbrook, Gidgegannup, Upper Swan, Walyunga National Park and Wooroloo. While firefighters will still monitor the area, and there is a lot of work still to be done, this is incredible news for everyone involved.
We'd like to take a moment to once again thank all the incredible bravery, strength and kindness that the firefighters and volunteer firefighters, volunteers, businesses and everyday residents have shown during this intense month. The Bushfire Community Recovery Centre is available at Percy Cullen Oval and Pavillion in Gidgegannup for anyone seeking a range of support services for local residents to get back on their feet.
All hands on deck
Crews are now focusing remediation works along Mayo Road, only one outage remaining that requires underground remediation work until the new poles arrive.
An additional 16 connected services will be restored this week at Herne Hill along the Great Northern Highway/Upper Swan area.
Wooroloo Bushfire Coordinated Residential Clean-up Program
As you may be aware the Wooroloo Bushfire Coordinated Residential Clean-up Program has commenced and you may be eligible to apply for this assistance. The clean-up will ensure safe removal of bushfire damaged houses, structures and vehicles as well as trees deemed a safety risk, from residential blocks to enable rebuilding.
If you are a resident of the City of Swan who has been impacted by the bushfires, we will have already contacted you, or will do so in coming days by phone or email, to provide you with an ‘Authority to Act’ form that will allow contractors who are engaged by the State Government to carry out debris removal on your property.
Once the ‘Authority to Act’ form is approved, you will be contacted to arrange a site clean-up planning meeting to go through the details of the debris removal process program.