Member for Cootamundra Steph Cooke with members of the Young Fire and Rescue NSW team.
Member for Cootamundra Steph Cooke with members of the Young Fire and Rescue NSW team.

Member for Cootamundra Steph Cooke is urging residents across the Cootamundra electorate to be bush fire ready ahead of a hot and dry summer.

It comes as extreme fire conditions are being experienced in Cowra, with the Weddin Shire, Temora and the Bland currently facing severe conditions.

“With areas of NSW experiencing catastrophic fire danger, I’m urging all residents of the Cootamundra electorate to be vigilant – especially if travelling interstate – as we face an increased risk of fires not only today, but as we continue into summer,” Ms Cooke said.

“As shocking bush fires continue to burn and wreak havoc across northern-parts of NSW and QLD, I’m encouraging all residents to observe the recommended safety procedures associated with the Fire Danger Rating, particularly in the Cowra Shire.”

Ms Cooke said it’s incredibly important that communities are prepared and act early with worsening conditions expected.

“We are in for another tough season ahead, so I’m encouraging everyone to visit the NSW Rural Fire Service website for details on how to plan and prepare for a bush fire. People can access the latest information, download a Bush Fire Survival Plan, and find out how to prepare the home.

“The NSW Rural Fire Service also has a ‘Fires Near Me’ mobile app, which allows people to stay up to date with bushfires in the area,” Ms Cooke added.

Additional tips to prepare before an emergency include:

  • Know the risk to you, your animals and property
  • Know where to go
  • Know who to call
  • Know your plan
  • Have an emergency kit for you and your animals

For more information, please visit www.rfs.nsw.gov.au