Bushfire commemoration plaque unveiled

The Federal member Gilmore, Fiona Phillips and Member for Bega, Andrew Constance joined with Eurobodalla Mayor Liz Innes and invited emergency services and agency heads including RFS, NSW Police, SES, Fire & Rescue, Army, Essential Energy, NSW Health, Local Land Services, Disaster Welfare and Surf Life Saving among others, at the unveiling of a commemorative plaque located in the Council administration building forecourt in Moruya.today to gave thanks to the many people who served Eurobodalla during the 2019-20 bushfire emergency and the recovery efforts since.

Above: Bega MP Andrew Constance, Gilmore MP Fiona Phillips and Eurobodalla Mayor Liz Innes unveil the commemorative bushfire plaque at the Council Chambers on Wednesday. In co-unveiling the plaque the Ms Phillips said "It was wonderful to join with members of the community today to commemorate how the community pulled together through the bush fires and the ongoing bushfire recovery. It was a real chance to say thank you to the community."

The plaque reads: “Eurobodalla Council gives thanks for the courage and compassion of all who helped through the dark days of the emergency and recovery efforts since.”

Deputy Mayor Rob Pollock read a message from Prime Minister Scott Morrison that spoke to the courage and strength of the people of Eurobodalla.

The 2019-20 summer bushfires devastated Eurobodalla with almost 400,000 hectares burnt and 500 homes lost. Three people lost their lives.

Attendees were provided with commemorative pins that featured black cockatoos and a banksia.

“The black cockatoos symbolise the power of spirit. In Aboriginal lore these celebratory birds bring happiness and contentment. They are often said to herald rain. Banksias symbolise regeneration, storing energy in tubers for quick regrowth and woody seedpods which burst once fire passes by.”