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NSW Premier and Governor visit fire-ravaged South Coast

Michael Weaver 20 January 2020
NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian with RFS members

NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian with RFS members from Bemboka. Photos: Shane Fitzsimmons via Twitter.

The NSW Premier, Governor and emergency service leaders toured the South Coast today (20 January) to meet and thank volunteer firefighters and emergency workers.

NSW Governor Margaret Beazley, NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian, Fire and Rescue NSW Commissioner Paul Baxter, NSW RFS Commissioner Shane Fitzsimmons and Member for Bega Andrew Constance visited Moruya, Cobargo, Quaama, Brogo, Bemboka and Candelo.

They met with RFS volunteers and locals in the area who have been affected by the recent bushfires. They also received updates on firefighting efforts from the Incident Management Team in Moruya.

Recent rainfall in the area has assisted fire crews with back burning and building containment lines.

While meeting with locals at the Cobargo Relief Centre, Commissioner Fitzsimmons said via Twitter that it was “another example of great community effort”.

During the visit, the NSW Premier and Bega MP Andrew Constance confirmed $90,000 to rebuild the local children’s playground.

“I caught up with crews from the Bemboka and Candelo at Bemboka Station. Remarkable effort by all,” Commissioner Fitzsimmons said.

“Too often the case, members also lost homes and property. Thanks again all and of course, thanks for the Bemboka pie.”

RFS members from Quaama, Brogo and Verona

RFS members from Quaama, Brogo and Verona at the Quaama Memorial Park.

Crews from the Incident Management Team in Moruya with Member for Bega Andrew Constance and NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian

Crews from the Incident Management Team in Moruya with Member for Bega Andrew Constance and NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian.

Cobargo Relief Centre

Items donated to the Cobargo Relief Centre.

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