To be eligible for the Clean-Up program on private property, the affected property must contain a structure(s) that was destroyed or damaged beyond repair. Structures will be cleared and any resulting debris will be removed.
Properties eligible for the Clean-Up program will be assessed for hazards posing a risk to access for clean-up or work-crews and clean-up operations.
Definition of a structure
Structures must meet at least two of the following criteria to be eligible for clean-up:
- A building or object constructed from several parts
- A building or object that rests on deliberately placed foundations
- A building or object that is connected to two or more essential systems (water, power, internet, sewage, gas, solar etc.)
The Storm and Flood Clean-Up program is fully-funded by the Australian and Victorian Governments and provided at no cost to eligible property owners, regardless of whether they were insured or not.
How the Clean-Up program works
There are four phases to the clean-up program:
- Initial assessment of properties to identify hazards, understand the scope and type of work required, confirm the cause of the damage and assign a priority categorisation.
- Making properties safe by removing hazards from eligible sites, particularly dangerous trees and materials.
- Demolition and removal of structures and debris.
- Remediation works including post site clearance and rectification works.
Every property is different and will be managed on a case-by-case basis. BRV will contact registered property owners and work with them to ensure the clean-up process is explained, and that works are done as safely and efficiently as possible.
During the initial site assessment, BRV and Johns Lyng Group will discuss the scope of the clean-up with property owners and provide a consent form that property owners will need to sign for the clean-up to progress.
The main focus of any clean-up is always safety - safety for the community and for the people undertaking the work.
Safe access must be guaranteed before works begin. Site assessments will be needed and all hazards like dangerous trees must be managed appropriately.
Once those have been addressed, clean-up work can begin as soon as possible.
Clean-Up program delivery partner
BRV will partner with Johns Lyng Group to undertake the Storm and Flood Clean-Up program.
Johns Lyng Group is Australia’s largest disaster recovery specialist with more than 67 years’ experience playing leading roles in the recovery efforts of major disasters Australia-wide.
They have a national footprint of 47 offices, and more than 1000 employees and a nationwide network of more than 6000 sub-contractors specialising in disaster recovery.