Sutherland Shire Mayor thanks emergency service authorities and entire community for support.
Sutherland Shire Council Mayor, Councillor Carmelo Pesce has commended emergency service authorities and local residents on the overwhelming support and generosity shown in response to recent natural disasters impacting communities throughout NSW and Australia, as well as Sutherland Shire.
Councillor Pesce said so many communities are still grappling with the devastation cause by fires across the country and it’s been heartening to see Sutherland Shire residents assisting those worst affected.
“It’s been inspiring to see the support local residents have provided to those communities hit hardest by recent bushfires, including many local businesses who have lead charity drives to support those severely impacted, particularly on the NSW South Coast,” Mayor Pesce said.
“I’m also proud to have seen our local Rural Fire Service volunteers make such an incredible contribution in dropping everything to race to the aid of those communities facing the full force of the fires.”
Sutherland Shire Councilors are committed to providing $50,000 in funding to Shoalhaven, Eurobodalla and Bega Shire Councils and $25,000 in support of NSW Emergency Services to aid bushfire response and recovery efforts, also deploying staff and plant equipment to assist Shoalhaven Council with a significant post bushfire clean up.”
“I’d like to take this opportunity to also thank those staff who have worked tirelessly to assist Shoalhaven,” Mayor Pesce added
On Monday 21 January, following an intense storm event that hit Sutherland Shire, all available open space crews, Council staff and contractors, were tasked to respond and clean up the area. Council was also ably supported by crews from Georges River Council.
“I’d like to also acknowledge NSW State Emergency Service for their swift action in responding to hundreds of calls for help across our suburbs following the storm last week,” Mayor Pesce continued.
“We have great relationships with all of our emergency service authorities and we’ve worked closely with our local SES to follow through with the recovery phase of the storm.”