By Palmer CokingThe government has launched a major campaign to help people rid their homes of toxic toxic coal ashes.
It is the second phase of a massive clean-up campaign that aims to remove as much as 100,000 tonnes of toxic sludge from homes and workplaces.
The first phase of the clean-ups started in September last year, with around 30,000 households and businesses cleared of ash and debris.
The government says the clean up will take three to four years to complete.
A total of 10,000 homes will be removed.
The rest will be demolished.
Some homes will also be replaced with green construction, while others will be turned into gardens.
The aim is to remove toxic ash and sludge as much and as quickly as possible.
The campaign will involve the state government, local authorities and voluntary groups, as well as voluntary groups working in the private sector.
The National Association of Clean-up Companies and the Clean Air Alliance will provide technical assistance.
The Clean Air Council of Australia and the Australian Coal Association will assist in the cleanups.
A spokeswoman for the state Health Department said the government was working closely with the state’s waste management body to ensure the public and private sector were involved.
“The state government will be supporting the community and helping the community get their rubbish out of their houses,” she said.
“We are committed to the cleanliness of the city and to ensuring that we have a safe and clean environment.”