Residential, small business and primary production owners are all eligible for the service, which includes a demolition program if the structural report deems it necessary.
Bridget McKenzie, federal Minister of Emergency Management and National Recovery and Resilience, said the program was an attempt to speed up the process of community recovery by covering the full costs of assessment and deconstruction of damaged buildings.
“We know that the sooner this recovery work can be completed, the sooner communities can begin to rebuild and return to life,” Ms. McKenzie said.
Australian construction services firm Johns Lyng Group has been identified as the prime contractor to provide the qualified assessors and demolition services required to deliver the scheme.
Johns Lyng Group Australia managing director Nick Carnell said the company is committed to playing a role in community revitalization after the natural disaster, including partnering with businesses in affected areas.
“We will be working with local contractors and regional NSW businesses to ensure they are involved in carrying out the cleanup process, which will help boost local economies,” Mr Carnell said.
New South Wales Deputy Premier Paul Toole said the government was exploring several avenues to ease the burden of recovery for residents and property owners affected by the floods.
“Covering all costs associated with damage assessment and demolition if necessary means uninsured homeowners will have one less thing to worry about and insured people can invest more money in rebuilding them,” said Mr. Toole.
The Property Assessment and Demolition Program will be available to uninsured and insured residential and commercial owners in declared disaster areas affected by flooding.
Property refers to something tangible or intangible over which an individual or business has legal rights or ownership, such as houses, cars, stocks, or bond certificates.