WHILE the Illlawarra area has been spared of bushfires this summer, the threat remains real, and authorities advise now is a good time to clear your property of fallen leaves, twigs and debris ahead of Friday’s soaring temperatures.
To assist residents with cleaning their properties of bushfire fuel, Wollongong City Council is providing free green waste drop off points this weekend and the next at Helensburgh, Scarborough and Corrimal.
Wollongong Lord Mayor Gordon Bradbery said the RFS has excellent tips on preparing your home for bushfires on its website.
“You can also check if your property is on bush fire prone land on the RFS website,” he said.
Wollongong City Council is also monitoring and maintaining Asset Protection Zones and Council-managed open space and natural areas.
The additional green waste drop-off points are available at:
- Helensburgh: Rex Jackson Complex car park, off Blackwell Street and Park Junction, Sunday, January 12, midday to 4pm.
- Scarborough: Jim Allan Oval, near Scarborough Beach, Saturday, January 11, 7.30am to 11.30am and Saturday, January 18, 7.30am to 11.30am
- Ziems Park car park, Corrimal, Saturday, January 11, midday to 4pm
- Beaton Park carpark, Wollongong, Saturday January 18 midday to 4pm
Meanwhile as fires continue to rage in other regions of the state, protesters will take to the streets of Wollongong on Saturday January 11, joining mass demonstrations slated to take place across the country on Friday.
The protests expect to draw over one hundred thousand people across the country. In Wollongong, the protesters will be demanding increased funding for fire services, climate action, and a tax upon all fossil fuel companies to provide an emergency relief fund for those who have lost everything in the fires.
Wollongong’s protest is organised by the Illawarra Climate Justice Alliance and will take place at 3.30pm at the Arts Precinct on Saturday January 11.
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