Last Tuesday, the General Manager and I were invited to the Rural Fire Service (RFS) headquarters in Kempsey to bid farewell to a diverse group of Canadians who assisted the RFS during the recent bushfire emergency. We were fortunate to have this fantastic group here for four weeks.
They were highly specialised members who held roles in different fields, including strategic planning, communications, clearing access roads with heavy machinery, and helping with air operations. It was a pleasure personally thank them.
Holiday time on the Macleay
With the school holidays in full swing, uninterrupted sunshine and a reprieve in the bushfire conditions, it's great to see so many people enjoying the spectacular beaches and outdoor recreation areas our valley is blessed to have.
Please stay safe by swimming between the flags and try to keep an eye out for visitors who may not be as familiar with our surf conditions. Along with Council lifeguards, we appreciate the surf club members who volunteer their time to patrol our beaches over the summer months.
Council's four swimming pools' opening hours and beach patrol times are available on Council's website at www.kempsey.nsw.gov.au. If you're visiting the Macleay, our visitor information centres are keen to help you discover the wonders of the shire or visit council's website: macleayvalleycoast.com.au for what's happening these holidays.
I encourage visitors and residents alike to support our local businesses while you relax this summer season. Along with our pristine beaches and fishing spots, we're known for our food bowl's quality produce and the artistic wares created in the valley.
Find a hidden treasure at the local markets, dine at the many eateries on offer, browse through our fabulous shops and galleries, and stay cool while you're entertained at our new cinema, renowned Slim Dusty Centre and local libraries.
Stay safe and healthy on our roads, beaches and in the bush while you enjoy all the Macleay Valley has to offer this holiday season.