Warrimoo Public School has been recognised for their resilience as they continue to bolster survival plans for the ongoing bushfire season.
Emergency services minister Troy Grant presented the school with a Resilient Australia Award during a special ceremony at Parliament House today (October 16).
The 2018 Resilient Australia Awards and NSW Get Ready Community Award help highlight significant community-led disaster preparedness and response initiatives across the state.
“Warrimoo Public School has taken out the school category this year for their bushfire ready program that’s developing student knowledge and skills in fire safety,” Mr Grant said.
The project was supported by the NSW Rural Fire Service, and is already showing fantastic results with students displaying greater confidence in bushfire preparedness.
“With the bushfire season already underway and challenging conditions expected for much of our summer, I cannot overstate what a worthwhile and timely program this is,” Mr Grant said.
“In fact, we’ve just launched a state-wide public awareness campaign encouraging people to talk to their loved ones and have a plan in place if faced with a bushfire this season.
“These kids, and their dedicated teachers, are absolutely leading the way and I couldn’t be more proud.
“By forming a genuine partnership between the school and local brigade, the overall resilience of the broader community is also being strengthened, which is great to see.”
Mr Grant said while our emergency services do a tremendous job preparing and protecting the community, their efforts are often bolstered by unsung local heroes across NSW communities.
“Warrimoo Public School is just one example of what’s great about our local communities. I congratulate and thank them, they are a truly deserving recipient.”