Tenterfield shire council Mayor Peter Petty addresses the Wallangarra community.
Tenterfield shire council Mayor Peter Petty addresses the Wallangarra community.

Wallangarra bushfire declared a disaster

RESIDENTS were heated at a meeting in Wallangarra where approximately 40 people expressed their disappointment on the administration of the Wallangarra Fire. 

Tenterfield Shire Council mayor Peter Petty addressed the community as members from both sides of the border were asking where do we go from here? 

In attendance was the New South Wales department of Primary Industries, Disaster Welfare Services Red Cross,  Health and Well-being providers and Southern Downs mayor Tracy Dobie. 

Issues of destroyed fencing, loss of water from firefighting were brought up and loss of months worth of fodder. 

But the biggest concern from members of the community was the poor communication between firefighters, administration and members of the community. 

One residents reported loss of fodder for up to nine months, another reported destruction of up to 15km of fence. 

Residents who had water taken from their dam by firefighters were reassured that would be replaced. However others who had fence destroyed were told they would have to claim the repairs under insurance. 

During the meeting the fire was listed has be listed as fully contained and has been officially declared a disaster. 

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