31 December 2020
Flags are flying at half-mast in Littleton Gardens in Bega today to acknowledge the first anniversary of the start of the Black Summer bushfires in our Shire.
“The Black Summer bushfires had a devastating effect on our community and our shire as a whole,” Mayor Russell Fitzpatrick said.
“People right across the Shire have been affected, some more than others, and the recovery process is ongoing.
“While the bushfire emergency lasted for 64 days, affecting people, villages and localities across the Shire at different times, we paused today, twelve months on from when the bushfires first started to directly impact our community, to reflect on what happened and take another step in the healing process.
“While we still have a long way to go, Council is committed to working alongside the community and our partners to continue doing everything possible to assist in the recovery journey.”
The flags were lowered this morning by Bega Valley Shire Mayor, Russell Fitzpatrick; General Manager, Leanne Barnes; Director of Community, Environment and Planning, Alice Howe; and NSW Rural Fire Service Far South Coast District Manager, Superintendent John Cullen.