It has been a painful year for the Cobargo community, but on Thursday a major step was taken in the region's bushfire recovery.
The bushfire clean-up works started in the town's main street, which was severely damaged when the New Year's Eve fire ripped through the town, destroying multiple buildings.
A Laing O'Rourke spokesperson said work will continue into the coming weeks.
"It is important to note that the works required on [the] main street are complex and many factors, from asbestos removal to the management of heritage items, have had to be carefully considered before work could proceed," they said.
"This has required close engagement with landowners to ensure that the buildings are protected and ready to be rebuilt as quickly as possible.
"Due to these considerations, the works on the main street may take some time to be completed."
The spokesperson said Laing O'Rourke had access to sufficient licensed landfill sites to safely handle the disposal of the large quantities of waste that were expected to be generated.
Also, they said it was expected changes to traffic conditions and road closures will be required at times as part of the clean-up process.
As the clean-up schedule is finalised, more details will be made available to allow the community to make alternate arrangements.
The spokesperson said Laing O'Rourke now looked forward to working closely with local subcontractors to get on with the job so the Cobargo community can begin to rebuild and move on.
"To date, 95 contracts have been awarded for work across the state, with 99 per cent going to local or regional businesses," they said.