Blue Mountains Lithgow & Oberon Tourism (BMLOT) is delighted with news that the bushfire crisis in the Blue Mountains has eased.
In his 5.30pm briefing today, NSW Rural Fire Service Commissioner Shane Fitzsimmons announced that Blue Mountains residents who had chosen to leave the area today could start returning home this evening.
BMLOT chairman Randall Walker commended all involved in the enormous effort including the hundreds of volunteers and, not least, tourism industry members who had reacted benevolently towards their guests, emergency service personnel and the general community throughout the past week.
“We have seen a very real and dangerous threat averted today and we are all thankful.’’
Mr Walker reminded visitors and tourism operators that the fire activity remained current and that fires were still being monitored.
“I am proud to say that Blue Mountains, Lithgow and Oberon tourism industry operators have reacted as predicted – with courage, generosity and responsibility towards the thousands of visitors who come here from all over the world every day.
“I recognise that members of our tourism family have lost homes and our thoughts are with them.
“BMLOT commends all operators who have directly or indirectly supported firefighting efforts. There have been many great examples of selfless community spirit and contribution.
“I thank all operators for complying with the responsible advice from the Rural Fire Service.’’