Tagged: Bushfire

Entries now open for ‘Photo Voice’ bush fire exhibition

October 16, 2020Posted in: Community

New growth on burnt tree

Wingecarribee Shire Council and the Southern Highlands Foundation (FireAid) are inviting photographers from across the Shire to join them as they prepare a special photo exhibition documenting last season’s ‘Black Summer’ bushfires. Council’s Group Manager of Corporate and Community, Danielle Lidgard said the Southern Highlands had endured unimaginable anguish following the Green Wattle Creek and...

Backyard burning and the Bush Fire Danger Period

October 12, 2020Posted in: Environment

Farmer and pile burn in rural setting

Wingecarribee Shire Council in conjunction with the NSW Rural Fire Service (RFS) and Fire and Rescue NSW (FRNSW) are reminding residents that a permit to light a fire is mandatory following the start of the Bush Fire Danger Period. Wingecarribee Shire Mayor Duncan Gair said permits came into effect as of 1 October 2020. “With...

Council encourages residents to Get Ready for summer

September 17, 2020Posted in: Community, Events

RFS Get Ready Weekend banner

Wingecarribee Shire Council is encouraging families across the Shire to use the NSW Rural Fire Service (RFS) Get Ready Weekend to prepare for the upcoming bushfire season and start a broader conversation about the need to prepare for emergencies. Mayor Gair said it was important the Shire avoided a repeat of the ‘Black summer’ bushfires....

Mayoral Relief Fund update

February 26, 2020Posted in: Other

Less than eight weeks since the outbreak of the first bush fire to hit the Southern Highlands and Wingecarribee Shire’s Mayoral Relief Fund has topped $100,000. A total of $94,250 has been distributed to 198 families and individuals across the Shire since the first fires tore through the villages of Balmoral and Buxton. Wingecarribee Shire...

Counting the cost of the bush fires

February 14, 2020Posted in: Roads and Assets

On Monday 10 February the NSW Rural Fire Service (NSW RFS) declared both the Green Wattle Creek and Morton Fires ‘Out’ thanks to the intervention of recent rainfall across the Shire. While the immediate threat of bush fire activity has eased, the mammoth task of cleaning up the Shire is expected to take months to...