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Consultant engaged for independent review into Black summer bushfires

June 9, 2021Posted in: Community

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Wingecarribee Shire Council’s Interim Administrator Viv May has announced that a specialist risk consultant has been engaged to undertake an independent review into Council’s response following the 2019/20 Black summer bushfires. Mr May made the announcement during Council’s Ordinary Meeting of Wednesday 9 June 2021. “At the previous Council Meeting I commented that I would...

Interim Administrator calls for bushfire report

May 18, 2021Posted in: Community

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Wingecarribee Shire Council’s Interim Administrator Viv May has called for a report into Council’s response following the 2019/20 Black summer bushfires. Mr May’s request follows visits to the Shire’s bushfire-impacted villages. “I’ve met with numerous residents and heard some truly harrowing experiences from the fire front,” he said. “During this time, I’ve been most interested...

Bushfire Recovery and Resilience Grants now open

March 5, 2021Posted in: Community

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Wingecarribee Shire Council in partnership with the NSW Government has launched a Bushfire Community Recovery Small Grants Program to support local communities recovering from the 2019/20 bushfires. Grants of up to $10,000 are available to assist not-for-profit organisations and associations across the Southern Highlands. Council’s Group Manager of Corporate and Community, Danielle Lidgard, said the...

Roadside memorial unveiled honouring fallen firefighters

February 5, 2021Posted in: Events

Wingecarribee Shire Council has today honoured the memories of fallen Rural Fire Service volunteers Geoffrey Keaton and Andrew O’Dwyer who died during the 2019/20 Black Summer bushfires. The young men were tragically killed while on duty on the evening of Thursday 19 December 2019 battling the Green Wattle Creek bushfire which threatened and impacted Buxton...

Shire urged to ‘Get Ready’ for summer

December 4, 2020Posted in: Community

Wingecarribee Shire Council is encouraging families, friends and neighbours to use the start of summer to start a conversation about being aware of and prepared for seasonal hazards. Wingecarribee Shire Mayor Duncan Gair said that while Australian summers were iconic, they could also be tragic. “Each year, communities across NSW experience bush fires, home fires,...