Message - NSW Bushfires
Her Excellency the Honourable Margaret Beazley AO QC
It is difficult to express the deep concern, worry and sadness we all have for the tragic loss of lives, livelihoods, businesses and, in some cases, whole communities, caused by the bushfires that have been affecting our state for months now and more ferociously in the last number of weeks. It is also of concern, on the best information available from the Rural Fire Service, that the emergency is not over.
The work of the Rural Fire Service and other emergency services and the thousands of volunteers has been extraordinary. As a community we can only be deeply grateful for their dedication and selflessness. It has also been a time when the community has rallied with kindness and generosity.
The State is also in a time of extended and serious drought which continues to have a serious impact on families and communities. Again, the wider community has responded to this crisis with kindness, generosity and support. May this continue to be the hallmark by which we always respond to those in need.
I encourage those in need to put up your hand and ask for assistance when and as soon as needed. Check out the services in your local community, all of which are there to help and support you.
To the countless volunteers who have bravely fought these fires; to those who have donated food, clothing and money; to those who have opened up their homes to strangers; to those that have cared for the injured and the frightened; and to those who over such a long period have supported our drought affected communities, I extend heartfelt gratitude both personally and on behalf of the people of New South Wales.