Scot MacDonald
BUSHFIRE SEASON STARTS FOR HUNTER
31st Aug 2018

Hunter residents are being told to have a plan in place as the bushfire season officially begins, with more than a third of the state now entering the ‘Bushfire Danger Period’, Parliamentary Secretary for the Hunter Scot MacDonald MLC said.

Lake Macquarie City Council, Newcastle City Council, Port Stephens Council, Maitland City Council and Cessnock City Council LGAs all commence their Bushfire Danger Period tomorrow, Saturday 1st September 2018.

Mr MacDonald said the NSW Government was well prepared for the bush fire season, with the arrival of Large Air Tanker (LAT) ‘Boomer’ which can dump more than 11,300 litres of water or fire retardant at a time, and will be used for direct attacks on both bush and grass fires, creating containment lines, and providing urban interface protection.

“The NSW Liberal National Government continues to ensure our devoted firefighters have the best support possible so they can continue to do what they do best – help protect our community,” Mr MacDonald said. 

“In the Hunter we’ve already seen an August bushfire at Salt Ash and Lemon Tree Passage in Port Stephens that was brought under control through an effective interagency response led by the professionalism of Fire & Rescue NSW and the Rural Fire Service”

While our dedicated firefighters will do everything they can to prepare and protect our community, its also important for residents to do what they can to prepare for the fire season and make sure they make or update their ‘Bush Fire Survival Plan.

“Whether you live near bushland or not, it’s absolutely essential you plan ahead – and prepare your property by doing things like clearing gutters of leaves, maintaining gardens, and checking your garden hoses can reach all corners of your property.” 

“In a fire emergency the public should listen to ABC Radio as the emergency broadcaster and access NSW Rural Fire Services advice through their App “Fires Near Me”, website https://www.rfs.nsw.gov.au and Twitter @NSWRFS.”

Community members can learn more about bush fire preparation at one of 600 events across the state on Get Ready Weekend, on 22 and 23 September 2018.

Visit www.rfs.nsw.gov.au to find out what is happening in the Hunter and for further information on making a ‘Bush Fire Survival Plan’, visit www.myfireplan.com.au.

For the latest RFS safety advice visit https://www.rfs.nsw.gov.au/fire-information/major-fire-updates and https://www.rfs.nsw.gov.au/fire-information/fires-near-me or call the Bush Fire Information Line on 1800 679 737.