I am writing to give my undying thanks to the RFS, National Parks, Fire and Rescue and countless local contractors and residents who worked tirelessly protecting property, livestock and wildlife.
Thankfully the fire was stopped on my boundary on Boxing Day.
My grandfather was senior guide and grandmother, head of housekeeping at Jenolan.
Our family history at Jenolan Caves resulted in me developing a love for and passion of the area.
Due to the fires and subsequent road closures I was unable to earn any revenue from the business for two months.
With the reopening of national park areas in the Blue Mountains and Jenolan Caves I implore readers to take the time and come and visit not just for a day but consider an overnight stay.
Like the Blue Mountains businesses in the Oberon district have been enormously affected by these events and we all need your help.
So, I ask you to come visit the Jenolan Caves, stay at Mckeown's Rest Bed & Breakfast, grab a coffee and cake at The Long Arm Farm Café, head out to Mayfield Garden and before going home fill your eskies and shopping bags at the many friendly shops in Oberon.
With your help you can provide our villages, towns and district with the assistance we need to survive and thrive.
- Jacqui Harman