Thank you to all our fire fighters and emergency service personnel for your continued efforts in keeping our communities safe. No doubt, you look forward to some respite in the near future.
Thanks should also go to all those behind the scenes. I thank you on behalf of council and its residents.
On Sunday, I joined Council's Chief Executive Officer Peter Bascomb to meet with the coordinator of the Regional Recovery Committee Dick Adams.
A former senior police commander, Dick will oversee the regional recovery effort. We hope this committee swings into action quickly to help the bush fire affected areas of our region.
Some of the immediate recovery priorities will be: assessing damage and needs, putting a roof over everyone's head, stabilising infrastructure systems, clean-ups, and re-establishing businesses.
A number of people have approached me expressing shock at the loss of our mountain habitats, including the loss of native animals and historical structures.
We have seen many of the historical mountain huts in Kosciuszko National Park destroyed. The beautiful Kiandra Courthouse has been lost as well as dozens of houses in Cabramurra.
The loss of the Selwyn Snow Resort will be felt by Adaminaby and towns in the northern part of our region.
Finally, I finish this column on a sad note, that two respected members of the Bombala community passed away last week. These incidents, while not a result of the current fires, are still very tragic and I offer my heartfelt condolences to friends and family.