Clean-up is underway, and it is continuing to focus first on homes and public areas that have been most affected by debris. Over 600 properties have been cleaned since the incident.
Following the fire, Fire & Rescue NSW (FRNSW) conducted rapid assessments of the area to assess and help determine the extent of impact. You may have seen them walking the streets if you were at home. Based on information gathered from these FRNSW rapid assessments, and information reported from the community to Environment Line, we are continuing to prioritise the areas that have been classified as most impacted – those generally closest to the fire.
Residents had until Friday 13 May to register their property. If you reported suspected asbestos debris to the Environment Line you will be contacted shortly by the EPA. If your property requires inspection, an assessor will inspect your property and prepare a scope of works for cleaning any affected areas. Following this, a specialist asbestos removalist will be deployed to do any cleaning required.
The licensed asbestos assessor and specialist asbestos removalists need your permission to enter your property. Their role is to access, inspect and clean your property.
The environmental clean includes exterior areas of a property. The level of cleaning required depends on the concentration of asbestos-containing debris from the fire. This cleaning program will be assessed by your assigned licensed asbestos assessor and agreed with you before work commences at your property.
External areas of your property will be cleaned. This includes backyards, balconies, and gutters. The height limit for work on gutters has been determined by safe accessibility. Gutters up to 4.5 metres high can be cleaned. For more information on what clean-up your property may be eligible for, view this table.
The licensed asbestos assessor will inspect your property after the clean and provide you with a clearance certificate.
Step 1: Resident registers on EPA Environment Line phone 131 555 or email email@example.com.
Step 2: Public Works Advisory engages a Licensed Asbestos Assessor to undertake an assessment, and/or Class A Contractor to undertake visible ACD clean-up as required.
Step 3: Licensed asbestos assessor or cleaning contractor will contact you to arrange inspection.
Step 4: Site inspection with resident and asbestos assessor. Discussvisible ACD clean-up of exterior of property i.e. grassed areas, gardens, gutters.
Step 5: Asbestos assessor develops scope of what areas need to be cleaned or excluded. Scope provided to owner.
Step 6: Resident reviews and endorses scope register attached to Deed of Access and Deed of Release.
Step 7: Class A contractor undertakes ACD clean-up.
Step 8: ACD clean-up work completed. Class A contractor meets with resident to review work.
Step 9: Resident reviews ACD clean-up work and endorses completion. LAA issues Asbestos Clearance Certificate to resident.
View a graphic of this process (PDF).