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Cherry Alford (right) shows Department of Fire and Emergency Services Commissioner Darren Klemm around her property along with cherished items recovered when the building was removed. Picture: DFES

Bushfire clean-up nearly done

SIX months after a devastating Wooroloo bushfire wiped out 86 properties back in February this year, the clean-up program is now almost complete.

Overseen by the Department of Water and Environmental Regulation, in collaboration with the City of Swan, the Shire of Mundaring, the Department of Fire and Emergency Services and the Department of Communities, the program assists residents with the safe removal of bushfire damaged waste to enable rebuilding.

Over 82 per cent complete, the clean-up is expected to be finalised by the end of August.

“Despite the very challenging weather conditions and the complications of asbestos removal, the clean-up contractors have progressed very well and there are now 112 properties cleared,” Western Australian Minister for Emergency Services Reece Whitby said.

“A number of lost treasures have even been uncovered, including an engagement ring, war medals, china, a child’s money box, a Buddha statue, and a grandfather’s bayonet with roots in France.”

The program has been possible thanks to $18.1 million in funding and the consistent hard work of clean-up contractors, said Minister for Emergency Management and Recovery and Resilience, Senator the Hon Bridget McKenzie.

“While we mark this significant milestone, the impacted communities still have a long road ahead and the Australian Government will stand by them and support them in their long-term recovery efforts.”

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