Communities hit by the September and October Northern NSW bushfires will be able to clean up faster thanks to a $7.2 million state and federal recovery package.
Assistance is being provided through the jointly funded Commonwealth-State Disaster Recovery Funding Arrangements (DRFA).
Minister for Natural Disaster and Emergency Management David Littleproud said this was an important part of life returning to normal.
"This will cover the extra clean-up costs councils are facing," Minister Littleproud said.
"It will fund important work such as removing asbestos from uninsured homes.
"The fires damaged or destroyed more than 160 homes leaving large volumes of rubble and waste.
"The sooner this is done, the sooner communities can start to rebuild."
The New South Wales Minister for Police and Emergency Services David Elliott MP said the assistance will ensure that councils have the capacity to continue the important task of managing waste, and minimise disruption to the community.
"This funding will enhance the ability of Northern NSW councils to safely receive and dispose of potentially hazardous materials from the fire-affected properties."
Further information on disaster assistance is available on the Australian Government's Disaster Assist website at
www.disasterassist.gov.au and the NSW emergency information and recovery website at