State politics | Get ready for the fire danger period

GET READY: Member for Bathurst Paul Toole with NSW Rural Fire Service Commissioner Shane Fitzsimmons. Bushfire brigades want their communities to be prepared for the fire season.
GET READY: Member for Bathurst Paul Toole with NSW Rural Fire Service Commissioner Shane Fitzsimmons. Bushfire brigades want their communities to be prepared for the fire season.

BUSHFIRE brigades opened their doors to the community last weekend to help citizens be aware and prepare for bushfire risks this summer.

With the entire state in drought and the warm weather starting, it’s more important than ever for residents to be vigilant around their properties.

We’re fortunate to have some of the most experienced and skilled firefighters in the world here in NSW, but they’re facing a potentially long and protracted bushfire season. We all need to do our part in the community to be as prepared as possible.

Get Ready Weekend was a great opportunity for families to get to know their local firefighters and find out about the fire risk in their area. We’ve already seen during August how quickly fires can develop and threaten homes and lives, so it’s a timely reminder to get ready.

The top four tips for getting ready for bushfire season are: discuss what to do if a bushfire threatens your home; prepare your home and get it ready for bushfire season; know the bushfire alert levels; and keep all the bushfire information numbers, websites and smartphone app handy.

DANGEROUS WORK

EVERY year, on September 29, we gather to remember the men and women who dedicated their lives to the safety of others. Our police officers go to work day in and day out not knowing what they will confront in the line of duty, or whether they will return home safely at the end of their shift.

On this day, it is important that we acknowledge those officers who have lost their lives as a result of their policing career. But we must also pay our respects to our local men and women in blue who work tirelessly to keep us safe from harm every day.

Our men and women in blue put their lives on the line day in, day out attending to violent incidents and calls for assistance, not knowing what to expect but ready to do their job.

If you see an officer out on the beat, please stop them and thank them for the work they do.

HATE THE WASTE

ALMOST a million tonnes of food waste ends up in landfill in NSW every year.

The Love Food, Hate Waste grant program is an opportunity for communities to put up their hands to address food waste wherever it might be happening.

It aims to tackle food waste in communities including at schools, sporting clubs and businesses and will be co-ordinated by councils, with grants of up to $250,000 available.

Grants are open to councils and groups of councils who will partner with organisations within their community to create Love Food Communities.

Visit www.lovefoodhatewaste.nsw.gov.au/