Bushfire update - 6 January 2020

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Kiama Council asks residents and visitors to keep updated regarding bushfire conditions in our region.

There are currently no bushfires within our municipality.

The Local Emergency Operations Centre has been stood down, following its activation over the weekend.

We are re-opening the key locations, which were closed over the weekend:

  • 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)

However, residents and visitors should keep referring to the Rural Fire Service (RFS) website for bushfire updates: www.rfs.nsw.gov.au

ABC Illawarra 97.3FM is also broadcasting bushfire information.

We have also updated our list of bushfire resources, to include information about mental health support services:

https://www.kiama.nsw.gov.au/your-council/news/latest-news/bushfire-information-reminder

We’re currently fielding a significant number of enquiries from people wanting to assist bushfire victims.

We strongly advise everyone to consider donating money, rather than clothes or blankets.

At this stage, the various emergency services and relief agencies do not have capacity deal with physical donations.

There are a range of charities raising funds to assist bushfire victims. Council is encouraging donations to our RFS volunteers and Red Cross:

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

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

Kiama Council, with Wollongong and Shellharbour, has provided support to Shoalhaven City Council.

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

You can help by supporting neighbours' Shoalhaven Bush Fire Relief appeal:

https://www.givenow.com.au/organisation/public/2077

Bega Valley and Wingecarribee also have appeals:

https://www.begavalley.nsw.gov.au/

https://www.wsc.nsw.gov.au/mrf