Progress on safely securing Bong Bong Street continues as Bowral Main Street stakeholders continue to work together to resume normal commerce.
Council Acting Deputy Director General Marissa Racomelara said ongoing discussions with key parties had advanced the recovery of the city center after the July 1 fire.
“Cooperation between property and business owners, insurers, NSW police and Transport for NSW to name a few, has been critical to the progress made to date,” she said. declared.
Contractors began erecting security fences and palisades in preparation for the deconstruction of the upper storey of the fire damaged buildings.
Bong Bong Street has also been partially reopened to Wingecarribee Street. The road is however still closed to the north between Wingecarribee and Merrigang streets.
Ms Racomelara said if Transport for NSW had partially reopened the road, motorists should proceed with caution.
“Drivers heading to the Wingecarribee Street intersection will have to turn around to exit,” she said. “Although access is still limited, we encourage residents to support businesses affected by the fire.”
Other restored services include relocating the taxi rank to Wingecarribee Street. The relocated taxi stand is now located between the Bank of Queensland (BOQ) and Helloworld Travel.
A temporary ANZ Bank ATM kiosk has also been set up in the Oxley shopping center, near the Coles loading dock. The kiosk offers both withdrawal and deposit functions.
“All parties want the area affected by the fire to be cleaned up and restored as soon as possible,” said Ms. Racomelara.
âThe reality is that there are many parties involved and many challenges to deal with when an incident of this magnitude occurs.
âDifferent stakeholders have different responsibilities, but collectively safety remains the number one priority for everyone involved. “
Ms Racomelara said the deconstruction of the building would begin once all the security palisades were erected.
âAll approvals will be ready to ensure that specialist contractors can safely deconstruct damaged buildings once the final palisade is installed,â she said. “We anticipate that the process of physical deconstruction will be a relatively rapid process.”
âIn the meantime, we thank all the companies involved for their cooperation and the customers for their continued patience.
“Together, we are confident that the Bowral CBD will be reopened and businesses can get back on their feet as soon as possible.”
Businesses affected by the fires are encouraged to visit www.wsc.nsw.gov.au/business/bowral-fire for a list of business support contacts or call the Council’s Concierge Manager at 4868 0888 .