Cessnock City Council waives waste fees for bushfire-affected communities

AFTERMATH: Damage to a vacant property at North Rothbury after the November 12 bushfire. Picture: Simone De Peak
AFTERMATH: Damage to a vacant property at North Rothbury after the November 12 bushfire. Picture: Simone De Peak

Cessnock City residents who have suffered damage to their property as a result of the recent bushfires will be able to dispose of their bushfire generated waste for free until the end of next month.

Residents of North Rothbury, Greta, Pelaw Main, Buchanan, Wollombi, Laguna, Paynes Crossing, Sweetmans Creek, Congewai and Millfield are encouraged to bring their bushfire-generated waste to the Cessnock Waste Management Centre by January 31, 2020.

Cessnock mayor Bob Pynsent said he was pleased council agreed on this decision unanimously at its December 11 meeting.

"I hope this decision helps to ease the burden of the clean-up after this horrible bush fire event," Cr Pynsent said.

"While fires in the area have been downgraded to advice level, we still urge residents to be vigilant and have a plan in place in the case of another fire event."

A Cessnock City Council spokesperson said only those who have been directly impacted by the fires will be able to have their waste fees waived, and asks that other members of the community respect this offering.

Residents will also be required to provide proof of address that matches one of the suburbs listed above.

If the waste is being delivered to the Cessnock Waste Management Centre by a contractor, the resident will need to contact council beforehand to make arrangements for the drop-off by calling 4993 4100 or by emailing council@cessnock.nsw.gov.au.

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