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Issue 273 - 16 August 2019

BUSH FIRE DANGER PERIOD STARTS EARLY The NSW Rural Fire Service (NSW RFS) has declared that the start of the statutory Bush Fire Danger Period (BFDP) will commence on Sunday 1 September 2019 for the following local government areas:

•Bathurst Regional Council •Lithgow City Council •Oberon Council NSW RFS is reminding residents that fire permits are required during the Bush Fire Danger Period. “From the 1st September until the end of the Bush Fire Danger Period, people wishing to light a fire in the open

will require a permit, which are free and can be obtained from your local fire station or Fire Control Centre. Please request your fire permit several days before you plan to light the fire to allow time for the area to be inspected and the permit to be issued,” Inspector Mick Holland said. “When conditions are particularly bad, such as on days of Very High, Severe, Extreme or Catastrophic Fire Danger, the NSW RFS may declare a Total Fire Ban, prohibiting the lighting of any fire in the open, even if you have a fire permit.” On a day of Total Fire Ban the lighting of fires is prohibited. This includes cooking fires using incinerators and barbecues which burn solid fuel, such as wood or charcoal. Gas or electric barbecues are permitted under the following conditions: › They are on residential property within 20 metres of the house or dwelling › They are in a designated picnic area and the appliance is approved by Council, National Parks and Wildlife Services or State Forest › They are under the direct control of a responsible adult


› The ground around a barbecue is cleared for 2 metres of all material which could burn › You have an immediate and continuous supply of water available. “We urge all residents in the Bathurst, Lithgow and Oberon area to be vigilant and extremely careful with fire during the Bush Fire Danger Period,” Inspector Holland said. “Never leave a fire unattended and if a fire does escape, it is essential to call Triple Zero (000) immediately so that emergency services can respond accordingly and minimise the damage.” “Every resident should have a Bush Fire Survival Plan so they know what to do on days of increased fire danger and can immediately put their plan into action if their home is threatened by fire.” For further information on how you can protect your property, or to download a Bush Fire Survival Plan, visit the NSW RFS website at or 1800 NSW RFS (1800 679 737). For information on current fires, download the NSW RFS Fires Near Me app to your phone or tablet.


Mayor of Fairfield City Cr. Frank Carbone warmly welcomed the Australian Local Government Women’s Association NSW (ALGWA NSW) at their August meeting recently hosted by Fairfield City Council.

CITY 2 SURF 2019

Mayor Cr. Frank Carbone touched on the importance of having a diverse range of Councillors to represent a modern Australia. “Fairfield City Council is a family-oriented city with people across the globe have choosing to live in this culturally rich community”. Said Mayor Cr. Frank Carbone who himself can speak two languages, fluent Italian and English. Mayor, Cr. Frank Carbone said, “Fifty percent of new Australians choose Fairfield to begin their new life of hope”, “in the past seven years we have had the highest refugee intake in Australia”. Fairfield Deputy Mayor, Cr Sera Yilmaz who is also an ALGWA NSW Executive member who speaks fluent Turkish and English, went onto to explain that “Chinese, Vietnamese and Assyrian would be the most prominent nationalities living in harmony here in Fairfield”. “We are

a vibrant community; our Council aims to provide services and resources to cater for the needs of all, this is reflected in our programs and the various committees”. Fairfield Deputy Mayor, Cr Sera Yilmaz kindly arranged the ‘Fairfield Council City Connect’ free bus service to tour the city of Fairfield, which included stops at the city markets, museum and gallery. “Fairfield Council City Connect free community bus service provides residents with four hail and ride services. The service has transported more than 120,000 residents since it began in 2012”. Said our host for the day, Brad Cutts the Director of Corporate Governance. Lithgow City Councillor Cassandra Coleman, NSW State President of ALGWA NSW said “Every time we visit a different location across this wonderful state, the executive and I always learn from the vast experiences.” “It helps you think of innovative ideas to bring back to our own individual Council for discussion”.

On the 11th of August a team from Portland’s own gym, ANT Fitness, took on the world’s biggest fun run in a testimony towards their effort and hard work of the past few months.

The team smashed their goals and some even ran their best times. Andrew said of the event “every year the City2Surf always delivers a fantastic atmosphere and an incredible race experience”. The iconic fun run had over 85,000 people participate in 2019, with the race split into 6 starting groups. This year’s fun run was the event’s 49th year, the ANT Fitness team are looking ahead towards the 50th year celebrations. Congratulations to the ANT Fitness team and all participants from the weekend.

(L ro R) Fairfield Deputy Mayor, Cr Sera Yilmaz, Mayor, Cr. Frank Carbone & ALGWA NSW President, Lithgow Cr. Cass Coleman

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