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State Government to waive landfill fee for bushfire victims

By Jared Prestwidge

THE Victorian Government recently announced it will waive the landfill levy fee for those most affected by the recent bushfires.

Bushfire waste includes debris from homes, businesses, sheds, stock, fencing and equipment that have been damaged.

It will also make it easier for people to dispose of dead livestock.

Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews hoped the waiver would provide a small relief to the people hit the hardest.

“This is practical and immediate support for people who are undertaking the heartbreaking task of cleaning up their homes and properties,” he said.

This announcement follows other initial measures put in place to help the recovery and rebuilding of local communities.

Businesses, families, and individuals whose properties have been destroyed or substantially damaged by bushfires will receive ex-gratia relief for their 2020 land tax assessment.

Land tax will be also be waived on eligible properties being used to provide free accommodation for people who need it.

For people who lost motor vehicles in the bushfires, they can receive up to $2100 in ex-gratia relief from the duty on up to two replacement vehicles.

Environment Protection Authority Victoria said it planned to work with landfill operators and councils in fire-affected areas to apply for the exemption.

If residents or business owners have any questions or concerns about bushfire waste clean-up and disposal, they can contact EPA for further information at www.epa.vic.gov.au