Bushfire risk, RFS begins public consultation

The Bega Valley Rural Fire Service is consulting with the community about its bushfire risk management plan.

The Bega Valley Rural Fire Service is consulting with the community about its bushfire risk management plan.

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THE Bega Valley Rural Fire Service will be holding meetings throughout the shire in coming weeks, giving locals the opportunity to identify parts of the community that may be at risk during bushfires.

The current bushfire risk management plan is now four years old, and the RFS is asking those with local knowledge to help ensure the plan compiled in 2010 continues to serve the community into the future.

“We genuinely encourage residents to have input in to this process,” NSW Rural Fire Service community safety officer Marty Webster said.

“Compiling a thorough list of what the community regards as assets is difficult without this input.”

Mr Webster said representatives of the bushfire management committee will be attending the meetings to explain the existing plan, and look for ways to improve it.

The plan is a comprehensive document that maps and describes the level of bushfire risk for areas across the Bega Valley and assesses risks to assets, with the RFS using this information to establish treatment options.

The public meeting schedule will start at the Eden RFS station on Monday, from 6.30pm.

Meetings will also be held from 6.30pm at the Pambula RFS station on Tuesday, Wyndham on Wednesday, Bega on August 4, Candelo on August 5, Brogo on August 6 and Bermagui on August 7.

For more information, contact the Bega Fire Control Centre on 6494 7400.

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