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Summer Begins with Grass Fire Threat

As summer begins, New South Wales residents are being warned to prepare now, with this year’s persistent rainfall causing the most significant grass fire risk across the State in more than 10 years.

With the arrival of summer, communities across the State need to be aware of the fire risk this season.

Two years of wet weather has led to prolific vegetation growth across NSW, with the State now facing its most significant grass fire threat in more than a decade.

It can take just a few days of hot, dry and windy conditions for grass fires to take hold, even in areas which have experienced recent heavy rains and flooding.

It’s important that households and landholders take precautions now and have a plan in place to know exactly how to react in a fire emergency.

While the recent focus has been on flooding events, we can’t forget about the dangers of bush and grass fires. Grass fires can move three times faster than a bush fire. They can start easily and spread quickly – destroying homes, crops and livelihoods.

Farmers can help protect their properties by establishing firebreaks around paddocks, homes and other valuable assets like sheds and equipment, helping to slow a fire’s spread.

The public can assist fire crews by preparing and maintaining their homes if they are in an at-risk area.

If you and your family are travelling over the Christmas period, please check the weather and fire danger ratings and make a plan to leave any location threatened by a grass or bush fire.

For information about preparing for grass fires, check or visit

To check the Fire Danger Ratings for your area, visit or check the Fires Near Me NSW smartphone app.

Gets Your Tickets to the 2023 NSW Seniors Festival Premier’s Gala Concerts

NSW Seniors will celebrate to the sounds of Kate Ceberano and more special performers at the 2023 NSW Seniors Festival Premier’s Gala Concerts in February.

I’m encouraging seniors to join the festivities with some great Australian talent ready to entertain.

The Premier’s Gala Concerts are undoubtedly the most popular event of the festival, which has been entertaining NSW seniors for four decades.

A stellar line up including Kate Ceberano, Rodger Corser, Ross Wilson, Harrison Craig and Prinnie Stevens is sure to have seniors tapping their toes.

There will also be plenty of organisations holding events and activities at the NSW Seniors Festival Expo which offers something for everyone.

The NSW Seniors Festival is the largest festival for seniors in the southern hemisphere, with more a number of free and discounted events.

Tickets will be available from Wednesday 30 November at 9am via Ticketek at Seniors can also call 02 9215 7500 (Mon – Fri 9am to 3pm).

The concerts will be held on 2 and 3 February at 11am and 2.45pm at Aware Super Theatre, ICC Sydney. For more information on the NSW Seniors Festival, please visit

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