State politics | Don't be caught out as the bushfires flare

PLAN AHEAD: Member for Bathurst Paul Toole says the bushfire season is approaching and we shouldn't be complacent.
PLAN AHEAD: Member for Bathurst Paul Toole says the bushfire season is approaching and we shouldn't be complacent.

NOW is the time to discuss with your family and prepare your Bushfire Survival Plan.

The NSW Rural Fire Service (NSW RFS) is urging residents to heed this important message as we fast approach the bushfire season.

Please take the time to prepare, and ask your local brigade questions.

People can't become complacent, so it's vital that everyone takes the time to prepare and know what they will do in the event of a house, bush or grass fire.

You dramatically improve the chances of you and your home surviving a devastating bushfire by doing a few simple things such as cleaning out your gutters, trimming overhanging branches and completing a Bushfire Survival Plan.

NSW RFS volunteers have been busy preparing for this season by undertaking hazard reduction burns, preparing emergency response plans and maintaining firefighting equipment.

Our community is well protected by our emergency services, but we must assist them by taking the time to get prepared.

Being aware and prepared is everyone's responsibility, whether you're at home, at work or away on holidays.

Find out more about the steps you can take to get ready for a bushfire at

Anzac community grants

IT'S great to be able to announce that applications are now open for $2000 grants for projects supporting local veterans or boosting awareness of their role throughout Australia's military history.

I would urge local organisations to consider applying for funding under the Anzac Community Grants Program.

Veterans past and present served to keep us safe and this is a great chance to recognise their sacrifices, while enriching our communities.

We're seeking projects that not only recognise the important service of our veterans but also educate future generations about their sacrifices.

Grants cover four categories: local community historical research and education; preservation or display of war memorabilia; public commemorative events, arts and culture; and support to members of the NSW veteran community.

Applications are open to individuals and not-for-profit organisations including local government authorities, non-government organisations, ex-service organisations and educational institutions.

Applications can be submitted online until 5pm on November 11, 2021.

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