THE clean-up process has begun with the State Government announcing a $2 million package for residents to clean ash left by the Hazelwood mine fire.
Premier Denis Napthine said the “self-clean program” will make available high pressure water hoses and up to 150 HEPA vacuum cleaners for people to borrow to clean their properties.
“Most Morwell households and business are keen to get on with their own clean-up, but may need some specialised equipment to do the job properly,” Dr Napthine said.
However, Dr Napthine said the government know a number of Morwell residents who are either existing home and community care clients, assessed as ‘high needs’ because of their age, a disability, a current health condition or who recently received relocation assistance, will need to have their properties cleaned professionally.
“For those residents, we’re making available local professional cleaners to undertake both interior and exterior cleaning,” Dr Napthine said.
Latrobe City Council will co-ordinate the cleaning assistance, using a panel of local cleaning businesses, and will offer free expert advice on how best to clean any domestic or business property.
Residents will be able to choose from a range of services, including sweeping, mopping, dusting, vacuuming and exterior surface cleaning using high pressure hoses.
The government’s clean-up package also involves the distribution of free vouchers for laundry cleaning and car washing.
The equipment, vouchers and advice will be available from a ‘pop up shop’ being set up in the centre of Morwell.
Residents wanting further information on the clean-up package should phone Latrobe City Council on 1800 017 777 or visit www.latrobe.vic.gov.au