Mayo prepares for bushfire season

26 Nov 2018

Households and businesses in Mayo are being urged to ensure their properties and plans are ready for bushfire season as the summer months approach.

Liberal candidate for Mayo Georgina Downer said emergency services were ready for the dangers of bushfire season and property owners needed to be prepared.

“Last week I joined Assistant Minister for Home Affairs Linda Reynolds and Member for Heysen Josh Teague to visit Region 1 Headquarters for the Country Fire Service (CFS) in Mount Barker to see some of the latest systems and technology being used to monitor our region for bushfires,” Ms Downer said.

“Region 1 headquarters covers the Fleurieu Peninsula, Adelaide Hills and Kangaroo Island.

“Minister Reynolds has been keen to ensure all fire services around Australia are sharing their insights and ideas to better prepare for and deal with bushfires and it was great to have her in Mount Barker.”

Minister Reynolds said community resilience is vital in ensuring communities were prepared for the fire danger season.

“Australians know too well the impact that natural disasters such as bushfires can have on lives and property,” she said.

“While natural hazards such as bushfires are a fact of life in Australia, communities must step up their efforts to manage the risks.

“Bushfires have an enormous impact on our nation’s economy, and had the potential to cripple businesses and communities.

“We must all work together to build and sustain resilient communities and reduce the potentially destructive impacts bush fires can have.

“Preparing yourself, your family and your home is your responsibility.

“The Commonwealth Government’s responsibility, through the Disaster Recovery Funding Arrangements, is to provide a safety net to the states following severe and destructive weather events.”