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Pop-up Bushfire Recovery Centre in Weston

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It’s not the way anyone wanted to start summer.

But, again, the Hunter’s community spirit has come to the fore in the wake of last week’s Cessnock Road bushfire.

With 24 hours of the blaze on Thursday 14 December, which destroyed multiple homes and businesses throughout Abermain, Kurri Kurri, South Weston and Pelaw Main, Cessnock City Council partnered up with Rotary Australia and the Rotary Club of Kurri Kurri to establish a donation fund.

More than 840 hectares was blackened by the incident, too.

Now, the NSW Government will operate a pop-up Bushfire Recovery Centre in Weston on Thursday 21 and Friday 22 December.

Numerous representatives from various agencies are scheduled to be on hand to answer questions regarding support and accessible services to those who have been impacted by the recent emergency.

Cessnock MP Clayton Barr said a visit to the Bushfire Recovery Centre could make a big difference on the road to recovery.

“I would encourage anyone who’s been affected by the bushfire to find out what assistance is available,” he stated.

The Bushfire Recovery Centre will be at Weston Civic Centre, located in Second Street, from noon to 6.30pm on 21 December and 9.30am until 2.30pm on 22 December.

In addition to the pop-up, the NSW Rural Fire Service (NSW RFS) is hosting two community meetings on Wednesday 20 December – at Abermain Plaza Hall and the Kurri Kurri Seniors Citizens Centre – to provide information on the fire and recovery.

Personnel from the NSW RFS, Fire and Rescue NSW (RFNSW), National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS), NSW Reconstruction Authority and Cessnock City Council will be in attendance.

Times and locations of Wednesday’s community meetings:

  • 20 December: 2pm at Abermain Plaza Hall (3 Bathurst Street, Abermain)
  • 20 December: 6.30pm at the Kurri Kurri Senior Citizens Centre (corner Barton and Hampden Street, Kurri Kurri)

“I would like to express my gratitude to all the community members, emergency services employees, volunteers, support staff and everyone involved in this bushfire emergency,” Mr Barr said.

“Thank you to those who worked tirelessly over several days to protect our communities.”

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