5 December 2019

Mayoral Column

While recently visiting Hawkesbury Fire Control Centre again, what was obvious to me is that the bushfire danger facing the Hawkesbury is far from over.

The Fire Control Centre at Wilberforce is located in the old Colo Shire Council building which is not purpose built. The building is stretched to the limits to house the operations staff needed and the RFS has needed to hire portable buildings to house some of the operations units. Unfortunately, it does not facilitate coordination and communication to have operational units housed separately.

The Three Mile fire has the potential to become as large as the Gospers Mountain fire which is expected to burn for weeks yet. The work of Hawkesbury Rural Fire Service to keep our community safe continues, including bulldozing around the Bilpin and Mountain Lagoon areas.

The emergency services volunteers are amazing and on behalf of all our community, I thank them for their continued efforts. Council is providing staff and resources to Hawkesbury RFS and Council remains committed to supporting the RFS as the fire season continues. A major debrief will be held by the RFS down the track later and Council will participate in that process.

With hot weather and dry lightning storms and other storms predicted, it won’t take much for more fires to start, so let’s not become complacent about preparing our homes and properties. For information on how to prepare your Bush Fire Survival Plan and Emergency Survival Kit visit the NSW RFS website www.rfs.nsw.gov.au

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