CLEAN-UP efforts have begun for Batlow after months of living amid the devastation caused by the Dunns Road Bushfire.
The primary contractor working to clean up bushfire affected regions, Laing O'Rourke, have already cleared more than 500 properties across the state, with Batlow now a key focus.
"There are more than 120 clean-up teams working six days a week to clear more than 150 properties each week," Laing O'Rourke's Sara Haslinger said.
The company has partnered up with Aboriginal Beata Terra Consortium whose owner and manager, James Stephens, said were endeavouring to give local work to local residents.
"So far, over 60 per cent of the people we have got on board to help with this important project are based in Batlow," he said.
"This includes one team member who was unfortunate enough to lose their home to the fires.
Snowy Valleys mayor James Hayes said while the time it has taken to get to this point was frustrating, the fact clean-up had finally begun was positive.
"I know some insurance policies allowed for earlier clean-up efforts which gave some people a chance to get back to normal sooner, but many did not have that option," he said.
"I drove through the Batlow area [Wednesday] and had a look at what is being done so far, and it seems to be very positive - It's good to see things happening."
With hopes of having the clean-up process finished by the end of June, Cr Hayes said he felt it would be difficult to meet the deadline.
"It is a tough time of year to be using heavy machinery and moving around small blocks as it gets colder," he said.
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"The amount of sites they've got to remediate and the timetable they have looks to be very tight."
To ensure the process is able to run smoothly and on time, Cr Hayes urged the community to put their hesitations aside and answer their phones.
"People will be receiving phone calls from unknown numbers to organise times to have their properties cleaned up, and I know many people don't like to pick up unknown numbers," he said.
"In this case, please answer the phone, and if it is not those in charge of clearing, simply hang up."