A Dry Winter Making for Dangerous Conditions
Despite the continuing wintery conditions, authorities are urging Border residents to be ready for the bushfire season
Across NSW, Winter has been its driest in 15 years, and similar effects have been felt on the Border, leading to what is shaping as a dangerous season for bushfires.
Member for Albury, Greg Aplin, is encouraging locals to be prepared.
"It is one of those strange things to think about in this current wintery blast, but we've had a relatively dry Winter and we're talking about the whole of the area, not specific pockets that might have recorded a little bit more (rainfall). We do need to be aware that following a dryish Winter you do have to prepare for the Summer Bushfire Season and there's a lot of practical information out there including trimming overhanging trees and shrubs and mowing lawns and getting rid of flammable materials, but on the 16th and 17th weekend in September NSW Rural Fire Service is hosting a Get Ready Weekend at some of the local Brigades, like Howlong and Jindera. You can pick up information, you can thank those Fire Fighters for the wonderful work they do during the year, but, most importantly, get your own plan in place."
Mr Aplin says there is even more that people can do to protect their local community this Summer, by joining the RFS.
"They are always looking for volunteers to join them, they perform such a magnificent job throughout our community, and I have pleased to be visiting quite a number of those stations right throughout the electorate and their vehicles, their equipment and their stations, but they need people to train. So show an interest, get involved and you can help your community."