After the driest winter in 15 years NSW faces challenging conditions as bushfire season approaches.
Parliamentary Secretary for the Hunter Scot MacDonald MLC encouraged all residents who live near bushland and areas prone to grass fires to start preparing for the season ahead.
This coming weekend, on the 16th and 17th of September the NSW Rural Fire Service (RFS) will host Get Ready Weekend at some local Brigades, with other Brigades to hold their events in the coming weeks.
A list of participating brigades and the date can be found at: http://www.rfs.nsw.gov.au/news-and-media/get-ready2017/brigade-locations
Medowie and Mulbring near Cessnock, two bushfire hotspots in the Hunter will be holding their events this weekend. Medowie Fire Station at 47B Ferodale Rd, Medowie will be open 10am-2pm on Saturday 16th September and Mulbring Fire Station at 1 Wood St, Mulbring will be open 10am-2pm on both Saturday 16th and Sunday 17th September
“Last summer we experienced some of the worst bushfire conditions on record. Unfortunately, a dry winter has followed, so we need to ensure households and families are prepared for the worst case scenario this summer,” Mr MacDonald said.
“I encourage households to update or create a Bushfire Survival Plan and make sure the whole family knows what to do when faced with a fire. It could save your lives.”
Residents can visit their local brigade to pick up vital fire safety information, and thank our outstanding local firefighters for the tremendous work they do to help keep our communities safe from bush fires.
When preparing for the bush fire danger period there are a few simple steps you can take to make sure you are fire ready, including:
- trimming overhanging trees and shrubs;
- mowing your lawn and removing all the cut grass;
- removing flammable materials from around your home (e.g. door mats, wood piles, mulch, leaves, paint, outdoor furniture);
- clearing and removing all the debris and leaves from gutters; and
- ensuring you have a hose or hoses that can cover the perimeter of your home.
You can download a Bushfire Survival Plan at https://www.rfs.nsw.gov.au/resources/bush-fire-survival-plan.
Scot MacDonald | 0408 450 032