Wooroloo Bushfire Coordinated Residential Clean-up Program

This State Government-coordinated program will assist residents whose homes, structures or vehicles have been damaged by the Wooroloo bushfire.

Latest update 

13 April - Since the Wooroloo Bushfire Coordinated Residential Clean-up Program was announced, a total of 142 residents (129 from the City of Swan and 13 from the Shire of Mundaring) have registered for the program. To help finalise the clean-up program schedule, impacted residents who have not already lodged an Authority to Act form to their local government and would like to register for the program must do so by midday Friday, 16 April.

To date, 39 site planning meetings have been held and on-ground debris removal works will start on Thursday, 15 April. Registered residents seeking information about site planning meetings or the on-ground works schedule for their properties can contact 1800 328 997.

Wooroloo equipment arriving
The site office in Gidgegannup is being established and on-ground debris removal works are scheduled to start on Thursday, 15 April.

12 April - Thuroona Services Pty Ltd has been awarded a contract to demolish fire-damaged structures and remove debris. Thuroona will focus on removing asbestos-containing materials and has extensive experience in managing complex asbestos remediation projects. Thuroona were responsible for the post-fire asbestos stabilisation works for the City of Swan and Shire of Mundaring.

Thuroona joins McMahon Services and GHD as contractors engaged by the State Government under the Wooroloo Coordinated Residential Clean Up Program.


6 April - The Department of Water and Environmental Regulation has now processed 140 Authority to Act forms from residents impacted by the Wooroloo bushfires in the City of Swan (127) and the Shire of Mundaring (13). The next step is meeting residents on their properties to develop a site-specific plan for the clean-up.

By the end of last week, 17 site planning meetings had been completed. Another 22 have been scheduled for this week. The aim is to complete all site planning meetings within the next six weeks.

GHD, who are coordinating the meetings, have established a hotline for residents to contact regarding scheduling of the site planning meetings and can be contacted on 1800 328 997.

A second hotline for information on the scheduling of demolition and debris removal will be established shortly and provided to residents. Demolition works are expected to start on 12 April.


 

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Background

This page contains information about the Wooroloo Bushfire Coordinated Residential Clean-up Program for residents who have had homes, structures or vehicles damaged following the Wooroloo bushfire. The City of Swan and the Shire of Mundaring will contact residents directly to discuss registering for the program.

Coordination of the program is being managed by the Department of Water and Environmental Regulation (DWER), in collaboration with the City of Swan, the Shire of Mundaring and Department of Fire and Emergency Services (DFES).

The Wooroloo Bushfire Coordinated Residential Clean-up Program is one part of the overall recovery plan for residents impacted by the Wooroloo bushfire. If residents have questions about their individual circumstances and the overall recovery process, they should contact their local government for further information or advice.

News updates

News updates about the Wooroloo Bushfire Coordinated Residential Clean-up Program will be provided via links below.

Media outlets can direct queries about the program to the Department of Water and Environmental Regulation.

Media queries about the wider recovery program can be directed to:

Department of Fire and Emergency Services

City of Swan

Shire of Mundaring

Registration for the Wooroloo Bushfire Coordinated Residential Clean-up Program

The City of Swan and the Shire of Mundaring will be contacting affected residents to discuss the clean-up program. This will include information on the process, timings and offer an appointment time to meet face-to-face to assist with filling out an Authority to Act form.

You will need to complete an ‘Authority to Act’ form that will allow contractors who are engaged by the State Government to carry out debris removal on your property. Assistance will be available to complete this form from your local government and DWER. Once the form is approved, you will be contacted to arrange a site clean-up planning meeting to go through the details of the program.

Timeline for the program

Registrations opened on Tuesday, 2 March through your respective local government. The Clean-up Program is expected to take about three months to complete.

Funding for the Wooroloo Bushfire Coordinated Residential Clean-up Program

The program is being funded by the Western Australian and Australian Governments as part of the Disaster Recovery Funding Arrangements – Western Australia and was announced on 25th February 2021.

The Wooroloo Bushfire Coordinated Residential Clean-up Program is applicable to all residents who have had residential buildings and property impacted by the bushfire. There is no financial cost involved for eligible residents registered under the program.

Work will include:

  • meeting with the owner to clearly agree on the works that will be done
  • removal of fire-impacted known hazardous materials, including asbestos, chemicals and CCA-treated timber
  • removal of fire destroyed buildings (including slabs/footings), structures, vehicles and their ash as well as hazardous trees near the destroyed or damaged structures and access routes

As part of the assessment process, if hazardous materials in the fire debris are identified, owners and occupiers will be notified. These materials will be removed as part of the clean-up.

Once debris has been removed, the impacted area will be tested and certified to ensure hazardous materials have effectively been removed.

More information about the Wooroloo Bushfire Coordinated Residential Clean-up Program and hazard management is available from the following fact sheets:

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Further information is available in the frequently asked questions section below and you can subscribe to receive notification when information is updated on this page.

Information is also available from DFES, the Department of Health, the City of Swan and the Shire of Mundaring via the links below.

Frequently asked questions

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Who is eligible for the clean-up program?

Residents whose homes, structures and vehicles have been destroyed or damaged by the Wooroloo bushfire are eligible for this clean-up program whether they are fully insured, partly insured or not insured.

Do I need to speak to my insurer?

The State Government is working with the Insurance Council of Australia and its members to ensure this clean-up program helps to maximise the insurance benefits available for residents with insurance. Refer to the Insurance Council of Australia - Clean-up factsheet which provides information for insurance policy holders.

Please contact your insurer to discuss partially damaged homes, structures or vehicles which may be repaired rather than removed.

Please note clean-up undertaken by insurers outside of the State-led clean-up may not form part of this arrangement.

What are the benefits of participating in the clean-up program?

Experience from previous significant bushfires has shown a State Government-led residential clean-up program delivers better outcomes for affected residents including:

  • reduced risk of cross-site hazardous waste contamination
  • residential blocks being restored in a coordinated and effective approach ready for rebuilding.

What are the costs involved to get my property cleaned-up through the Wooroloo Bushfire Coordinated Residential Clean-up Program?

There are no financial costs for residents who have had residential property impacted by the bushfire. The clean-up is jointly funded through the Commonwealth-State Disaster Recovery Funding Arrangements.

Who do I contact about getting my property cleaned-up?

The City of Swan and the Shire of Mundaring will be contacting affected residents to discuss the clean-up program. This will include information on the process, timings and offer an appointment time to meet face-to-face to assist with filling out as ‘Authority to Act’ form.

What is the process to get my property cleaned up through this program?

You will need to complete an ‘Authority to Act’ form that will allow contractors who are engaged by the State Government to carry out debris removal on your property. Assistance will be available at a face-to-face appointment from your local government and the Department of Water and Environmental Regulation (DWER) to complete this form. Once the form is approved, you will be contacted to arrange a site clean-up planning meeting to go through the details of the debris removal process.

What is an Authority to Act form?

The Authority to Act is a form that the property owner completes and signs. It gives permission to DWER and its personnel, consultants, contractors and any other associated persons to carry out inspections, demolition, waste removal and environmental testing of soil and items on your property.

Your local government will contact you to make an appointment to assist you with completing the form.

What if I do not want to participate in the clean-up program?

While it is not mandatory for you to participate in this clean-up program, if you want to organise the clean-up of your site yourself, the costs will not be covered by the program. If you do not wish to be involved in the clean-up program please advise your local government when they contact you.

Who is managing the clean-up?

DWER, on behalf of the State Government, will be managing the clean-up of bushfire damaged debris on properties that have been substantially damaged or destroyed as a result of the Wooroloo Bushfire.

What should I do if I have hazardous materials on my property?

Residents are urged to keep away from hazardous materials on their property and contact their local government environmental health officer if they are aware of hazardous materials on site.

This includes material such as:

  • asbestos
  • burnt CCA-treated timber
  • household, garden and farm chemicals
  • gas bottles
  • solar panels and battery systems
  • munitions.

When will debris removal start?

A site clean-up planning meeting will be scheduled with local government, State Government agencies and contractors to plan the clean-up program for your property. The program will start as soon as possible in March 2021. We aim to complete the clean-up program within three months. A hotline will be available for residents to track scheduling, and provide timelines and progress reports specific to their property.

Can I access my property during clean-up works?

Due to the safety and health risks around the demolition and debris removal process, residents are generally not able to be on site. If residents need to visit the site during the clean-up (e.g. to tend animals or gardens), residents should discuss access requirements as part of the site clean-up planning meeting. It is expected that debris removal will take three days for most properties.

Who will be on my property when the clean-up happens?

Specialised contractors are being coordinated by the Department of Water and Environmental Regulation (DWER). The contractors required on your property will depend on the type of materials that need to be disposed of. DWER will provide oversight of contractors, who will be operating under strict conditions. If you have any concerns about valuables in your property, you can discuss them as part of the site clean-up planning meeting.

What happens if hazardous materials are identified on my property during the site assessment?

As part of the assessment process, if hazardous materials in the fire debris are identified, you will be notified. These materials will be removed as part of the clean-up process.

What will be removed as part of the clean-up?

Debris associated with bushfire-damaged houses, structures and vehicles, as well as trees deemed a direct safety risk. Refer to the Clean-up scope factsheet for further information.

What happens if I have asbestos?

Fire-damaged asbestos will be identified and removed as part of the program. More information is available in the Asbestos awareness following a bushfire factsheet.

Do I get a say on what can remain and what can be removed from my property?

Yes. This will be discussed with you as part of the site clean-up planning meeting.

Who is the main contact for residents?

Your local government is the point of contact for residents impacted by the fire. The Wooroloo Bushfire Coordinated Residential Clean-up Program is one part of the overall recovery process. The local government will then coordinate with the State and Australian agencies providing support.

Who will be prioritised?

Your local government and DWER are working with owners and tenants to help prioritise and schedule debris removal.

Will I receive a Certificate of Clearance for future landowners/development?

Yes, your property will be assessed and certified as part of the clean-up process.

What environmental testing will be done on my site?

Environmental consultants will take samples of the soil below your residence when debris has been removed. These will be analysed by a NATA accredited laboratory to ensure that clean-up has been effective. If results exceed site clean-up criteria, then further soil removal may be undertaken until safe levels are met. You can receive a copy of the results at the completion of the program.

What clean-up levels will be used for each site?

Site-specific clean-up criteria will be developed for your property using accepted methods and qualified environmental consultants. More information will be provided during the site clean-up planning meeting.

What wellbeing support will be provided during this clean-up process? 

Your local government is liaising with State Government agencies and not-for-profit organisations to ensure health and wellbeing support is available for affected residents. Support will be provided at the appointment to complete the Authority to Act, and at the site clean-up planning meeting during this clean-up process.

What if I have volunteers who want to help clean up my property?

This program does not stop you taking on works yourself or by volunteers, however there should be coordination to avoid safety and liability issues. Contact your local government for more information and advice.

Contact Details

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GHD – for information about scheduling of site planning meetings

  • Ph: 1800 328 997

Department of Water and Environmental Regulation

City of Swan

Shire of Mundaring

Page reviewed 13 April 2021