Mayor's message - 22 November 2019

Posted at 11:37AM on 22 November 2019

Last week Ku-ring-gai experienced a bushfire emergency that could have been catastrophic, particularly for the South Turramurra community.

Because of our known high risk, Ku-ring-gai Council staff and emergency service personnel work together continually to reduce the risk of bushfire.

Most recently, Council staff and those from the National Parks & Wildlife Service and Fire & Rescue NSW conducted major hazard reduction work on over 25 hectares at Twin Creeks Reserve Turramurra.

Aside from hazard reduction work, a big part of bushfire preparedness is community education. The Council and the RFS have been hosting free community information workshops which profile the Council’s innovative 3D simulation tool. This shows residents how a bushfire could spread in their local area and help them prepare plans for if a bushfire breaks out in their neighbourhood. 

Last week Turramurra was the focus of firefighting efforts, with bright pink fire retardant released from the air to help protect homes and lives at Canoon Road. Council staff have spent this week cleaning residents’ homes as a result.

The South Turramurra community came together last Sunday to thank all the emergency services who came to their aid. The very successful turn out, which I attended, raised close to $10,000 for the RFS.

The RFS are the lead agency when fighting bushfires and it must be remembered that the vast majority of their members are volunteers. These selfless men and women take time out from their jobs to put their lives on the line and keep our community safe. We cannot thank them enough for what they do. There are many roles, not all frontline firefighting, for volunteers with the RFS. I encourage residents to consider whether they can offer some of their time.

I would also like to acknowledge Council staff for their tireless work during the bushfire emergency, with some working late into the night and even all night.  It makes me proud to be Mayor when I see this level of dedication to our community.

The Mayoral Christmas Appeal which the Council hosts each year on behalf of Lifeline Harbour to Hawkesbury is open for donations until 17 December. Donated gifts can be left at Ku-ring-gai libraries in St Ives, Lindfield, Turramurra and Gordon or at the Council’s customer service centre at 818 Pacific Highway Gordon.

Donations of unwrapped gifts and food items are welcome, as are gifts for children particularly in the 12 to 16 year age group. Hampers made up from donated goods will be distributed by Lifeline to people in need across the local area. In previous years Lifeline has distributed around 130 hampers every Christmas to local families. Thank you for your support.