Time to make community submissions to NSW Bushfire Inquiry

Community members now have the chance to make submissions to the NSW Government’s independent inquiry into the 2019/2020 bushfires.

Submissions for the NSW Bushfire Inquiry are open until Friday, 27 March 2020.

Hawkesbury City Council is encouraging community members to make submissions to the NSW Bushfire Inquiry and to assist this, Council is making a room available on Tuesday, 24 March from 9am to 7pm that has computers, NBN internet connection, a printer and a Council staff member on hand for any assistance needed.

It will be held on Tuesday, 24 March from 9am to 7pm at the Hawkesbury Digital Domain (on the left of the Gallery entrance), 1st floor Deerubbin Centre, 300 George Street, Windsor. Toilets and wheelchair access available including lift.

The 24 March session will allow people to prepare their submissions either online or as paper copies. Submission can be made by individuals, community groups, organisations and the broader community.

NSW Inquiry submissions can also be made at any time at

www.nsw.gov.au/improving-nsw/projects-and-initiatives/make-a-submission-to-the-bushfire-inquiry

or by calling 13 77 88 or via email inquiries@bushfireinquiry.nsw.gov.au

or in person at any Service NSW service centre or at a Mobile Service Centre.

Council is also making hard copy submission forms for the NSW Inquiry available at various locations in the Hawkesbury including Council’s Administration Building, Hawkesbury Central Library Windsor, Richmond Branch Library and central locations in Colo, Bilpin, Kurrajong, Kurrajong Heights and St Albans.

Community submission session

What: Community Submissions for Bushfires – NSW Bushfire Inquiry

Date: Tuesday, 24 March 2020

Time: 9am to 7pm

Where: Hawkesbury Digital Domain (on the left of the Hawkesbury Regional Gallery entrance)

1st floor Deerubbin Centre, 300 George Street, Windsor.

Background – NSW Independent Bushfire Inquiry

The NSW Government’s independent inquiry will consider any role of ‘weather, drought, climate change, fuel loads and human activity’ as a cause or contributing factor of the fires. The inquiry is also looking into land use issues as well as preparation and planning for future bushfire risks.

The inquiry will also look into preparation and planning and responses by agencies, government and other agencies. It is considering responses such as immediate management, warning systems, safety of first responders, equipment, resourcing (including coordination and deployment) and communication.

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