As NSW begins the clean up after a significant storm cell caused widespread damage that hit on 20 January, the Sutherland Shire Council has launched storm recovery efforts across the southern region of Sydney.
All available council and contract resources have been deployed to deliver additional green waste, wood chipping and street sweeping services to assist some of the hardest hit suburbs.
“From initial SES reports, we know that considerable damage was sustained in Miranda, Caringbah and Caringbah South,” Sutherland Shire Mayor Carmelo Pesce said.
“To assist these heavily impacted areas, the Council is providing both kerbside green waste collection as well as additional green waste bin collection service.
“We’ll continue to assess the extent of damage across the Shire and will respond accordingly to support our community.”
Council is offering all residents affected by the storm access to an additional wood chipping service to be held on Saturday 1 February at Miranda Park from 8.30am to 3.30pm.
Mayor Pesce said council was working to help and support local residents and are doing its very best to respond, prioritising areas most in need of assistance.
“The clean-up is ongoing and we ask for everyone’s patience as we work through this recovery phase,” Mr Pesce said.
Whilst Sutherland Leisure Centres suffered some damage in the storm, Council has completed remedial works and centres are now open as normal.
Council staff are also assessing potential damage to parks and open space, with Kiewa Place Reserve playground at Kirrawee closed until further notice, while remediation works are carried out on the shade sails.
“We have deployed operational staff and contractors to begin storm recovery activities and are thankful for the support of Georges River Council, who have also provided additional resources to assist our efforts,” Mr Pesce said
“I’d also like to thank the Police and NSW State Emergency Service for their continuing efforts in responding to hundreds of calls for assistance across our area.”