Wollondilly Council to host bushfire recovery meeting

The Green Wattle Creek blaze is now under control but the work for fire-affected residents is just about to begin.

The bushfire damaged many homes, buildings and properties throughout Wollondilly and Wingecaribee shires.

It wiped out more than 40 homes in Wollondilly, the Southern Highlands and the Blue Mountains.

In Wollondilly alone 15 homes were destroyed and 16 homes were damaged, eight facilities were destroyed and three were damaged, 66 outbuildings were destroyed and 45 were damaged, leaving more than 270 rural landholders affected.

Wollondilly Council will hold another Bushfire Community Recovery Meeting on Monday, February 17 from 5.30pm to 7:30pm at Buxton Public School Hall to address the community's ongoing concerns.

Wollondilly mayor Matthew Deeth said the meeting would be a great resource for residents.

"Community recovery meetings are an important step in the recovery process," he said.

"This meeting is being held for the community to come together and listen to the needs and concerns of the people who have been impacted by the recent fires."

Representatives from the council, the Office of Emergency Management and the RFS, as well as local community organisations and other key agencies will be on hand to provide information regarding response and recovery to the bushfire situation and discuss steps to rebuild affected communities.

Council staff will also be on hand to talk about waste and clean up, infrastructure, rebuilding and funding assistance.

All members of the community are invited to attend.

Residents from neighbouring villages in the Wingecarribee who were impacted by the Green Wattle Creek fire are also invited to attend.

The council also intends to live stream the event on Facebook, and place a recording will on its website for those who cannot attend the event.

RFS Southern Highlands public liaison officer Jonty Bruce said it was a relief to have the massive blaze contained.

He said volunteers had done "amazing work" over the past few months.

"There are plenty of words to say about how amazing the efforts of our volunteers are," he said.

"They continue to patrol the fire even though they have been working on it for two months now."

For further information, contact the council on 4677 1100.