Scot MacDonald
20th Aug 2018

Parliamentary Secretary for the Hunter Scot MacDonald this morning joined Port Stephens Council Mayor Ryan Palmer for a briefing with the Rural Fire Service on the Salt Ash, Oyster Cove and Tanilba Bay bushfire.

Onsite at the Lower Hunter Fire Control Centre in East Maitland, Mr MacDonald said this was an exceptionally fast moving and intense fire.

“Incident Controller Paul Jones of the RFS explained all Agencies including Police, National Parks and Wildlife Services, State Forests and NSW Fire & Rescue collaborated extremely well. A dangerous fire was contained with minimal property damage,” Mr MacDonald said.

”The briefing also reinforced to me the public need to listen to the ABC Radio (1233 AM) as the emergency broadcaster and access NSW Rural Fire Services advice through their App “Fires Near Me”, website and Twitter @NSWRFS.”

“Fire & Rescue NSW, RFS and NPWS men and women have done outstanding work since Friday in containing this fire, and I thank them for their tireless effort.”

“I’d like to thank all the emergency services that were involved and also the generosity of the community was overwhelming with people dropping off food, water and blankets,” Mr Palmer said.

“It really saw the community coming together. I’d also like to thank the three clubs on the Tilligerry Peninsula; Tanilba Bay Golf Club, Tilligerry RSL and Club Lemon Tree, and Salt Ash Church for opening their doors to the community for those who couldn’t stay in their place of residence.”

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