All emergency services who protected the Cessnock community during the recent bushfires will be recognised at the city’s 2017 Australia Day ceremony.
Cessnock Mayor Bob Pynsent moved a mayoral minute on November 16 to formally acknowledge the hard work of emergency services during the fires at Racecourse Road and Heddon Greta earlier that month.
It was noted at the meeting that should another natural disaster occur in the city in the meantime, any emergency service personnel involved would also be recognised on Australia Day.
Just four weeks later, a blaze tore through more than 1000 hectares near Neath, Abermain and Weston.
Cr Pynsent said it is important council makes a special effort to recognise the people that worked tirelessly to control the bushfires.
“It was a scary time for many residents as the fire fronts crept very close to many homes and in some cases surrounded properties,” he said.
“Despite tough conditions the highly-skilled and well-trained emergency service personnel ensured no homes or livestock were lost, and more importantly no lives.
“The civic service on Australia Day 2017 is a wonderful opportunity to thank these people and recognise their contribution to our community.”
More details of the event will be released shortly.
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