NSW Government to assist tourism operators following state bushfires
by Shamoli Dutt

18-10-2013

The New South Wales Government has pledged its support for tourism operators who have been affected by the worst bushfires in a decade, Minister for Tourism and Major Events, George Souris, announced today.

“My thoughts are with the people devastated by these bushfires and with the men and women of the Rural Fire Service and emergency workers who have toiled tirelessly to protect property and lives,” he said.

Many of these communities relied on tourism and once the fires are controlled, Destination NSW will work with local operators and community leaders to prioritise where help is needed the most.

“We will be doing all we can to assist these communities rebuild their businesses and tourism livelihoods.

“Support will include ensuring in the lead up to a busy summer holiday period, that visitors know the regions are ‘open for business,” the Minister added.

Visitors planning to travel to any of the areas affected including, Lithgow, the Blue Mountains, Wyong (Central Coast), Heatherbrae (Hunter region) and Balmoral (Southern Highlands) should check the latest bushfire information and advice on the NSW Rural Fire Service (RFS) website www.rfs.nsw.gov.au and the website for for road closures www.lifetraffic.com before they travel.

The local Visitor Information Centre can also be contacted. The locations of these can be found at http://www.visitnsw.com/visitor-information-centres/map?.pdf

Visitors already staying in a bushfire affected region should follow directions from the Rural Fire Service.

by Shamoli Dutt - Austguide Travel News Editor