Residents from Lithgow, Blue Mountains and surrounds are being urged to attend the upcoming Bushfire Recovery and Community Day.
Council stated the free event which will be held on Saturday and Sunday December 5 and 6 at the Civic Ballroom in Lithgow, is to bring together community, emergency and recovery services all under one roof to support, prepare and empower bushfire affected communities.
The Bushfire Recovery and Community Day will offer the same event program across both Saturday and Sunday.
The inaugural event will feature:
- Q&A panel with RFS, Police, mental health specialists, SES, Lithgow City Council and the Red Cross.
- Landscape recovery & local wildlife update.
- A personal video message to the Lithgow community from Shane Fitzsimmons, Commissioner Resilience NSW.
- Local emergency services presenting on bushfire preparation.
- Bushfire recovery support services and legal
- Information on building and renovating in bushfire prone areas.
- Children's activities and a sausage sizzle provided by Lithgow Lion's Club.
Lithgow mayor Ray Thompson said he strongly encouraged residents to attend the event to receive vital information and connect with important recovery services.
"When we live near the bush, preparing for bushfire emergencies is a way of life," he said.
"I urge everyone to go online, book tickets and get yourself and your family there.
"You will leave feeling better equipped for any further emergency events. You'll also have a greater sense of connection with local services and understanding of the support available to you."
Deputy Captain of Clarence / Dargan Rural Fire Brigade Henry Kirwan said although this year's fire season will most likely be quieter, now is not the time to be complacent.
"People have a false sense of security that it's happened and won't happen again," he said.
"Now is an excellent time to get your property in order and get into a yearly routine of preparing for the season ahead. The bush will regenerate and if all the little property preparation jobs are forgotten then in six to seven years' time it can lead to problems.
"People's homes are beginning to return to normal as they rebuild but the emotional recovery is important too. They need to know there is support available."
Due to COVID Safe protocols, registration via the ticketing system is essential to allow for COVID-19 contact tracing.
To register, click here or by phoning Rachel Nicoll on 6354 9999.
If you would like to book a stall to exhibit a relevant bushfire recovery, well-being or bushfire protection product or service please contact Rachel Nicoll on 6354 9999.
The event will run from 9am until 3pm on both days.