Eden community celebrates bushfire clean-up
Successful bushfire clean-up works across Eden Local Aboriginal Land Council lands represent one of five programs with $57 million funding, being rolled out by the NSW EPA to support public land managers recover from the devastating 2019-20 bushfires.
EPA's Liesbet Spanjaard and Eden Local Aboriginal Land Council CEO Mark Bateman
Celebrations were held last month at Bilgalera (Fisheries Beach) near Eden marking the end a successful clean-up project, with the project’s partners and stakeholders, including the Eden Local Aboriginal Land Council, Public Works Advisory and the Aboriginal civil construction company, R and C Civil.
Recycling and managing hazardous burnt trees and green waste, removing and replacement of burnt fencing, and the improvement of road access and perimeter fencing were some of the works totalling $6 40,000. Gates and signage were also installed to deter unauthorised access and prevent illegal dumping.
As part of the program’s focus on creating local employment, we funded the training of six Eden Local Aboriginal Land Council trainees to complete accredited chainsaw and posi-track (bobcat) training, followed by on-the-job experience working on the clean-up at Bilgalera.
The Aboriginal Lands Clean-Up Program is funded under the joint Commonwealth-State Disaster Recovery Funding Arrangements. This program is one of five waste management and recycling bushfire recovery programs, the others covering green waste, bushfire dumping, council landfills and burnt fence recycling.
Watch their 2-minute video - Bushfire Clean-Up Outcomes: Eden Local Aboriginal Land Council