The South Coast Police District and State Crime Command are conducting a joint investigation into the cause of the Tathra fire that raged through the town on Sunday, March 18.
Their findings will prepare evidence for the NSW Coroner’s report of the incident.
“To do that we need to gather information from the public regarding the fire from midday on Sunday, March 18,” South Coast Police District Detective Inspector Kevin McNeil said.
“Any relevant information about what people saw or head on the day will assist us in the investigation.”
People with photos and videos are encouraged to put them onto a USB and sign them into the Bega Police Station on Auckland Street, Bega.
The NSW Police Force will also establish a portal on their website for people to upload images and photos of the Tathra fire.
Others with are encouraged to report their observations through Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.
State Crime Command Detective Sergeant Hassan El Khansa told the crowd at the Bega Showground evacuation centre that the investigation will be prepared for the Coroner “through the eyes and ears of the community.”
He also asked for patience and calm as police continued their work in Tathra and surrounds.
“We are still processing properties and you will see police continuing their investigations, please understand they have a job to do,” he said.
“Drones may be flying around and police may be working close to properties, but this is because we are doing as much as we can for the Coroner.”
Detective Sergeant El Khansa said any information that the community was able to provide police was welcome as soon as possible, but understands that any residents have other priorities as they return to Tathra.