Clean-ups underway: DWER - 7 May 2021
Demolition and site clean-ups are now well underway (within the Shire of Mundaring and City of Swan), with six property clean-ups now complete. Four contracted crews continue to work on demolition and removal with an additional crew commencing soon.A total of 146 properties have now registered for the clean-up program and 138 site visits have taken place.Residents taking part in this clean-up program will be contacted shortly to discuss scheduling for their property.Residents seeking information about their site planning meetings or the on-ground works schedule can call 1800 328 997.
Wooroloo Bushfire Coordinated Residential Clean-up Program schedule - 13 April
On-ground debris removal works will start on Thursday 15 April. Registered residents seeking information about site planning meetings or the on-ground works schedule for their properties can contact 1800 328 997.
Update on government funded residential clean-up program - 12 April
Thuroona Services Pty Ltd has been awarded a contract to demolish fire-damaged structures and remove debris.
Thuroona will focus on removing asbestos-containing materials and has extensive experience in managing complex asbestos remediation projects. Thuroona were responsible for the post-fire asbestos stabilisation works for the City of Swan and Shire of Mundaring.
Thuroona joins McMahon Services and GHD as contractors engaged by the State Government under the Wooroloo Coordinated Residential Clean Up Program.
Update on government funded residential clean-up program
The Department of Water and Environmental Regulation has now processed 140 Authority to Act forms from residents impacted by the Wooroloo bushfires in the City of Swan (127) and the Shire of Mundaring (13). The next step is meeting residents on their properties to develop a site-specific plan for the clean-up.
By the end of last week, 17 site planning meetings had been completed. Another 22 have been scheduled for this week. The aim is to complete all site planning meetings within the next six weeks.
GHD, who are coordinating the meetings, have established a hotline for residents to contact regarding scheduling of the site planning meetings and can be contacted on 1800 328 997.
A second hotline for information on the scheduling of demolition and debris removal will be established shortly and provided to residents. Demolition works are expected to start on 12 April.
Update on Disaster Relief Australia - 9 April
Over the last six weeks Disaster Relief Australia have been on the ground assisting with the initial clean up in the Shire and City of Swan.
The operation has enjoyed several successful outcomes. Their partnership with Minderoo Foundation has allowed them to deploy additional skilled volunteers providing a level of bushfire recovery not usually available in the region.
During their time in the region, Disaster Relief Australia have deployed 157 volunteers, completed 68 work orders, completed 8103 volunteer hours, and saved $426,091 in community costs.
The team will complete their deployment in late April. If you need their assistance, you can reach out to them on 0419 193 301 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
To read more about their operation this visit Disaster Relief Australia
Wooroloo Clean-Up program update – 29 March
A site meeting hotline number for residents impacted by the Wooroloo bushfire, who have submitted an Authority to Act form for the State Government Coordinated Residential Clean-up program, has been activated.
The clean-up program includes homes, structures or vehicles damaged by the Wooroloo bushfire. The program's environmental contractor, GHD, is currently contacting residents who have lodged Authority to Act forms to arrange Site Planning Meetings. However, impacted residents can call the hotline on 1800 328 997 to discuss arrangements for the site meeting.
A site meeting is required before work can be scheduled and residents are encouraged to contact the hotline if they have questions or require further information.
Yesterday, Department of Water and Environment announced that McMahon Services has been awarded a contract for demolition and debris removal as part of the clean-up program.
McMahon has recently completed a similar clean-up project on Kangaroo Island in South Australia. It is currently mobilising resources and work is expected to begin after Easter.
A second hotline for the demolition and debris works bookings will be set up once works are ready to get under way.
Wooroloo Clean-Up Program update – 23 March
Thank you to the residents who have completed their Authority to Act form. This is the first step in the clean-up program. The Shire of Mundaring, City of Swan and the Department of Water and Environmental Regulation are processing forms as quickly as possible.
The next step is site planning meetings and environmental testing processes, which environmental contractor, GHD, has been appointed to manage. GHD are currently contacting residents who have lodged Authority to Act forms to arrange meetings on site.
The site clean-up planning meetings commenced today allowing the impacted residents to meet with the contractor to go through the clean-up details.
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.
For more information on the Clean Up process see https://bit.ly/394h1Ug
Contracts for demolition and debris removal are being finalised and will be announced shortly.
Wooroloo Bushfire Coordinated Residential Clean Up Program: Insurance Information – 23 March
The following message is from the Insurance Council of Australia.
Understanding your insurance policy
There are two main types of insurance policies in respect to removal of debris costs and it is important to understand which applies to your policy. If you do not know how debris removal is covered by your policy, review your PDS or speak with your insurer. Each policy is different, and your insurer is best placed to advise on how the program relates to your circumstances.
Please note, the Government-funded clean up program may not include the removal of all debris on your property. If further clean up is required, and you wish to claim this under your policy, this may reduce the insurance settlement paid to you.
The two main types on policies are set out below.
Policy type 1: removal of debris costs included within your sum insured (and you suffered a total loss)
If your insurance policy includes debris removal costs in your sum insured (ie the amount you are insured for), and the cost to replace your property exceeds your sum insured, the cost of removing debris would normally be included within your insured amount.
However, if you have registered for the clean-up program, the Government’s appointed contractor will be arranging the removal of debris at your property. In these circumstances, your insurer will not deduct any debris removal costs from your sum insured. This means the full amount of your insurance settlement is available for rebuilding your home. If your insurer incurs costs for removing debris on your property which wasn’t removed by the clean-up program, this may be deducted from your insurance settlement.
Policy type 2: removal of debris is an additional benefit above your sum insured (and you suffered a total loss)
The second type of policy pays for debris removal costs as an additional benefit, usually up to an additional 10% or 20% of your sum insured (depending on your policy wording).
If you have registered for the clean-up program, your insurer will provide you with an additional payment for the costs it would have incurred to clean up your property, up to the limit of the additional benefit specified in your policy. This additional payment will be in addition to your sum insured. Your insurer may require a formal estimate to calculate the costs of the debris removal. If your insurer incurs costs for removing debris on your property which wasn’t removed by the clean-up program, this may reduce the benefit passed on by the insurer.
|Examples where debris removal is an additional benefit above the sum insured |
|||House A||House B|
|Debris removal additional benefit limit||Ie. up to 10% of sum insured ($30,000) ||Ie. up to 10% of sum insured ($30,000) |
|Actual or estimated costs for removing debris on-site ||$15,000 (ie the cost of debris removal is less than the limit)||$45,000 (ie the cost of debris removal exceeds the limit) |
|Additional Benefit your insurer will pass on to you ||$15,000||$30,000 |
If you suffered a partial loss
If you suffered a partial loss and your insurance policy was not exhausted, speak with your insurer regarding how the clean-up program relates to your policy. In these circumstances, your insurer will pass on the reasonable debris removal cost it has avoided, subject to any limits within your policy.
Please contact your insurer directly if you have further questions relating to your insurance policy and the clean-up of your property.
GHD awarded first clean up contract – 19 March 2021
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.
Wooroloo clean-up starts by stabilising asbestos – 17 March 2021
The first on-ground step in the Wooroloo Coordinated Residential Clean-up Program has started with asbestos stabilisation work completed at 19 properties impacted by the fire.
Jointly funded by the Commonwealth-State governments through the Disaster Recovery Funding Arrangements, the coordinated residential clean-up program assists residents whose homes and property were destroyed or damaged by the bushfire.
As a first step in the clean-up, the City of Swan and the Shire of Mundaring, with support from the Department of Water and Environmental Regulation (DWER), engaged specialist contractors to stabilise asbestos.
City of Swan Mayor Kevin Bailey said assisting the community with the clean-up effort is the City’s absolute priority.
“While it is important that clean-up work gets underway quickly, the safety of residents, the community and workers is paramount,” Mr Bailey said.
“The City will continue to work closely with our contractors to ensure asbestos removal is managed safely.”
Shire of Mundaring President John Daw said clean up works signalled an important milestone for impacted residents.
“Environmental Health Officers completed inspections of destroyed and damaged properties and identified a handful of properties that required asbestos stabilisation,” he said.
"We are committed to working with our contractors to complete the clean-up in a safe and responsible way.”
DWER Pollution Response Senior Manager Ken Raine said contractors identified areas where asbestos materials had been impacted by the fire.
“Once asbestos is identified, warning signs were placed at the entry point to the property,” Mr Raine said.
“Special binding agents were applied directly to the impacted area to reduce the risk of asbestos fibres being released to the atmosphere.”
The binding agents include a bright blue pigment ensuring treated areas are clearly marked.
“The binding agents work two-fold by highlighting the impacted area and reducing the ability for the fibres to become airborne,” Mr Raine said.
While sites with asbestos are being stabilised, residents who have lost homes and buildings have been contacted by their local government to authorise the next steps of the clean-up.
“Affected residents have been provided with an Authority to Act form to complete and return to their local government enabling access to the sites for clean-up works,” Mr Raine said.
“Once the forms are registered, individual site clean-up planning meetings will be arranged with residents to finalise the clean-up scope for each site.
“Residents who are registered will be contacted in the next week (week starting 22 March) to start scheduling the meetings.”
The Wooroloo Bushfire Coordinated Residential Clean-Up Program is jointly funded through the Commonwealth-State Disaster Recovery Funding Arrangements, and forms part of a broader $18.1 million community recovery package.
The clean-up program is in response to one of the immediate recovery activities identified by the State Recovery Coordination Group and ensures a whole-of-government approach to recovery efforts.
For more information about the Wooroloo Coordinated Residential Clean Up Program visit wa.gov.au/wooroloobushfirecleanup
Wooroloo Bushfire Coordinated Residential Clean-up Program announced – 25 February 2021
The Wooroloo Bushfire Coordinated Residential Clean-up Program was today announced by Minister for Emergency Services, the Hon Francis Logan MLA. This program is for residents who have had property or vehicles damaged during the Wooroloo bushfires.
You can read the full statement from the Minster here.
Shire of Mundaring and City of Swan have released a joint statement to welcome the announcement which you can read here.
Please be advised that staff from the Shire of Mundaring and the City of Swan will contact residents directly to discuss registering for the program.
About the program/timeline
Coordination of the Wooroloo Bushfire Coordinated Residential Clean-up Program is being managed by the Department of Water and Environmental Regulation (DWER), in collaboration with the City of Swan, the Shire of Mundaring and Department of Fire and Emergency Services (DFES).
The program is one part of the overall recovery plan for residents impacted by the Wooroloo bushfires.
If residents have questions about their individual circumstances and the overall recovery process, they should contact their local government for further information or advice:
- For residents in the Shire of Mundaring please contact email@example.com or 9290 6628
- For residents in the City of Swan please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 9267 9267
Registrations are scheduled to start on Tuesday, 2 March through Shire of Mundaring and City of Swan. The Clean-up Program will take about three months to complete.
Registration for the Wooroloo Bushfire Coordinated Residential Clean-up Program
STEP 1: Register
If buildings, structures or vehicles on your residential property have been damaged or destroyed by the bushfire and require removal, please contact Shire of Mundaring on 9290 6628 to register for the program.
STEP 2: Complete an 'Authority to Act' form
You will need to complete an 'Authority to Act' form (to be supplied, following registration) that will allow contractors who are engaged by the State Government to carry out debris removal on your property. Shire of Mundaring and DWER are available to provide assistance to complete this form.
STEP 3: Once the form is approved, you will be contacted to arrange a site clean-up planning meeting to go through the details of the program.
______What is involved and is there a cost?
Coordination of the program is being managed by the Department of Water and Environmental Regulation (DWER), in collaboration with the Shire of Mundaring, the City of Swan, Department of Fire and Emergency Services (DFES) and Department of Finance.
The program is being funded by the Western Australian and Commonwealth governments as part of the Disaster Recovery Funding Arrangements – Western Australia There is no cost to residents to participate.
Work will include:
- meeting with the owner to clearly agree on the works that will be done;
- removal of fire-impacted known hazardous materials, including asbestos, chemicals and CCA-treated timber; and
- removal of fire destroyed buildings (including slabs/footings), structures, vehicles and their ash as well as hazardous trees near the destroyed or damaged structures and access routes
As part of the assessment process, if hazardous materials in the fire debris are identified, owners and occupiers will be notified. These materials will be removed as part of the clean-up.
Once debris has been removed, the impacted area will be tested and certified to ensure hazardous materials have effectively been removed.
______More information and Factsheets
More information about the Wooroloo Bushfire Coordinated Residential Clean-up Program and hazard management is available from Wooroloo Bushfire Coordinated Residential Clean-up Program | Western Australian Government (www.wa.gov.au) and these fact sheets:
Wooroloo Bushfire Coordinated Residential Clean-up program flowchart fact sheet
Bushfire building impact assessments
Asbestos awareness during bushfire clean-up
Burnt timber and ash containing copper-chromium-arsenic
Bushfire impacts on water
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Additional clean up efforts
The Wooroloo Bushfire Coordinated Residential Clean-up Program is just one of the community activities currently taking place. The Shire is available to support you in linking up to additional resources, please contact us on 9290 6666 to tell us what you may require and we will connect you with one of the following services:
Disaster Relief Australia
Extra hands are arriving on the ground to assist with clean up and recovery!
A team from Disaster Relief Australia, a non-profit organisation that unites the skills and experience of military veterans with emergency services specialists after a natural disaster, will conduct bushfire clean-up and recovery activities around the Shire and City of Swan until 4 April.
Starting this Sunday 28 February, the Damage Assessment Team will visit the area to see what work needs to be done. This includes assisting private property owners. Work provided to community residents will include chainsaw operations, debris management and removal, fence line and small civil works. Real hands on help!
If you would like assistance in undertaking clean up works on your property please email email@example.com or visit www.disasterreliefaus.org.
Please note, this work is separate to the Wooroloo Bushfire Coordinated Residential Clean-up Program that was announced yesterday, Thursday 25 February.
For more information on the Wooroloo Bushfire Coordinated Residential Clean-up Program please call 9290 6743 or read about the Coordinated Residential Clean-up above.
If you need assistance please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call the DRA operations on 0419 193 301.
Fire waste disposal - 19 February 2021
Skip bins have been placed at the Mayo Road Reserve for disposal of fire damaged products.
Access is available at all times as site will be left open.
A separate bin will be allocated for wire and metal. Household hazardous products such as paint, poisons, batteries, gas cylinders can be taken to the Redhill hazardous waste facility for free.
Other hazardous material such as asbestos please contact the Shire for more information.