Euan Ferguson was in Macksville on Thursday, looking and listening

NSW Recovery Coordinator Euan Fergusan and assistant Ronnie Faggotter talk to Taylors Arm evacuee Jan Roberton
NSW Recovery Coordinator Euan Fergusan and assistant Ronnie Faggotter talk to Taylors Arm evacuee Jan Roberton

The fires are still burning but recovery efforts are also well-underway with NSW State Recovery Co-ordinator Euan Ferguson doing the rounds of communities.

Yesterday, Thursday, he was in Macskville, where he spent time at the showgrounds, walking around, listening to stories, taking information on board.

"What I am hearing most strongly is that there is simply not enough information being relayed to people about what has and hasn't been burnt and what the processes are," Mr Ferguson said.

We are looking at having small groups who can do outreach with communities ... returning regularly

Recovery co-ordinator Euan Ferguson

"Quick and accurate information is so important. We've been having some lively conversations with the DPI (Dept of Primary Industries) and LLS (Local Land Services) and we are trying to get teams out in to areas but we can't do that until it is safe.

"We have also been tweeking how best to roll out the support. With evacuation centres for example, we are conscious that this recovery is going to go on for months, so we are looking at having small groups who can outreach to areas. They can come in, see what is needed and put some actions in place, and then return in a week or so ... as things evolve."

He said recovery efforts had to be staged with access, bridges, telecommunications and power the initial focus.

"After that we have to look at feed and water and fences ... there are going to be some hard decisions to make regarding stocking levels and access to fodder.

"Mental and social health are also a major focus in these communities."

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