NAMBUCCA Shire Council has received continual feedback on the priorities of bushfire affected residents and how the douncil can best respond to those needs.
"Council has made a number of media announcements over the past week about the assistance the council can provide. As we hopefully move towards the recovery stage," mayor Rhonda Hoban said.
Council initiatives include:
Free Potable Water
A water standpipe has been made available for residents to access free potable water. There is a 40mm flexible hose connection provided in Kelly Cl, Macksville, adjacent to council's Works Depot which can be accessed by residents 24/7 for the purposes of obtaining water.
Council has also waived water charges for commercial water carters so they can continue to use other standpipes without blocking this free standpipe.
Free Waste Disposal
Residents of fire affected properties can take fire related waste materials to council's landfill on Old Coast Rd at Nambucca Heads and deposit them free of charge.
For those ratepayers paying by instalment, the next rates instalment is due November 30. For owners of fire affected properties who are unable to pay their rates instalment by this date, contact council's rates section on 6568-2555. Interest free payment arrangements can be provided to those in need. Don't be embarrassed to ask.
Disposal of Dead Stock
In association with Local Land Services, council works crews will be available to assist residents of fire affected properties dispose of dead stock. Arrangements for this service need to be made through Local Land Services.
Council's pound attendant has secured a large supply of cages for birds and dogs as well as domestic pet products which can be made available to affected residents as required. Special thanks to Rescue Recycle, Kitty Cat Cove, Arch and Woolworths. For access to this supply of pet products call council on 6568-2555, provide your contact details and council's pound attendant will respond.
Removal of unsafe trees in road reservations
Council work crews are continuing to remove unsafe trees from road reservations. If you are concerned about the safety of any trees in or near council's roads call council on 6568-2555.
Essential Energy reports: 49 customers are without power across the Nambucca area.
The extremely steep terrain continues to delay repairs, with six poles replaced yesterday. Power is being progressively restored to customers in the villages of South Arm and Bowraville.
Weather and conditions permitting, Essential Energy hope to have the power back on to most of the remaining customers by the end of the weekend.