21 November 2019

Mayoral Column

I know I echo the sentiments of our whole Hawkesbury community when I express my deep sadness at the fire emergencies in the NSW and Queensland bushfires. Already the east cost of NSW has been burning for weeks.

The images and stories of the fires are potent scenes that tell a story of the massive impact that the fires are having on the affected towns and residents of these communities. These reports can only deepen the sympathy that we feel, especially for those who have lost so much in this terrible disaster.

Our community members know only too well from personal experience the potential for loss of life and property that bushfires can wreak. With the hard work of the Rural Fire Service and our emergency services, thankfully so many lives and homes have been saved.

Along with staying up to date using the Fires Near Me website and smartphone app, I have been in contact with the Hawkesbury Rural Fire Service Control Centre for fire updates. Council will continue to do everything possible to support the NSW Rural Fire Service, the NSW Police Force and all emergency services.

We must be ever vigilant to report any fires or suspicious activity by calling 000 and ensure that we do our utmost to prepare for any potential disaster. Use the Fires Near Me App and follow your Bushfire Survival Plan. Further information is available on the NSW Rural Fire Service website www.rfs.nsw.gov.au

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