Bushfire update - 3 January 2020

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Kiama Council asks residents and visitors to prepare for challenging bushfire conditions forecast for this weekend.

While there are currently no bushfires within the Kiama municipality, we urge everyone to stay updated via the Rural Fire Service (www.rfs.nsw.gov.au), or ABC Illawarra 97.3FM.

We’ve posted a list of bushfire resources to our website: www.kiama.nsw.gov.au

Residents should make or review their bushfire survival plan:

 www.rfs.nsw.gov.au/resources/bush-fire-survival-plan

The RFS is setting up a Local Emergency Operations Centre on Saturday to monitor conditions, and coordinate operations. Council staff are being deployed to the Centre to assist.

As part of our preparations for this weekend, we have closed the following locations:

  • Jamberoo Mountain and Saddleback Mountain lookouts
  • Coastal Walking Track between Loves Bay and Werri Beach
  • Jerrara Dam
  • Spring Creek Wetlands
  • Bonaira Native Gardens
  • Kevin Walsh Oval camp ground (Jamberoo)

We have also joined forces with Wollongong and Shellharbour councils to help our neighbours in the Shoalhaven.

All three councils have sent generators, earthmoving equipment and garbage trucks to assist Shoalhaven City Council.

If you want to help, we encourage you to donate money (rather than clothes or blankets) to the RFS or Red Cross:

https://www.rfs.nsw.gov.au/volunteer/support-your-local-brigade

https://www.redcross.org.au/campaigns/disaster-relief-and-recovery-new-years-eve#donate