Posted on November 11, 2019 by Matthew McNamara

A simple message of support…

I grew up in the Northern Rivers, just north of Lismore. Fire was not something we needed to think about: floods were the more common threat. ’54, ’74, ’89… the recital is well known to locals.

However, to see over the weekend the Mt Nardi Fire take hold and reach emergency levels in an area of such beautiful World Heritage rainforest seems to be a dire warning for the Northern Rivers and the state as a whole.  This, only weeks after the fires that swept through Rappville and Drake, taking lives, destroying homes, widlife and habitat.

Yet – as we all know – these are just a very few of the fires that have burnt and continue to burn across the northern half of the state this fire season.

The Port Macquarie-Hastings, Mid-Coast and Glenn Innes-Severn local government areas and their residents have been hit particularly hard in the current fires, but so too areas of Armidale, Tenterfield, Nambucca, Kempsey and Clarence Valley.  Tomorrow is likely to add to the list, with the Hunter, Central Coast, Blue Mountains, Illawarra, Shoalhaven and metropolitan Sydney regions all expecting catastrophic fire conditions.

LTL is privileged to act for local government authorities across regional and metropolitan NSW. We like to think that our work helps us understand both the benefits and challenges of living and working in regional areas. However, during times of drought, fire and floods we are very aware that living in Sydney we live sheltered lives. It is rural and regional NSW that is experiencing the bulk of the current impacts of climate change and local government which is trying to mitigate the risk posed to their communities.

On behalf of the entire LTL Team, I offer our thoughts, our commiserations and our best wishes to the communities that are experiencing this current fire crisis. I also express our admiration and thanks to members of the Rural Fire Service who are are doing such an extraordinary job, the volunteers staffing evacuation centres, and the local, state and other community organisations which will help with the clean-up and rebuilding and deal with the psychological effects long after news crews have moved on.

Most importantly, with so many of our clients and our in focus readers living and working in fire effected areas we also ask you to stay safe.


Matthew McNamara