IF there was one thing learnt from last summer's catastrophic bushfire season, it was that having a Bushfire Survival Plan was vital - whether you live in the bush or not.
With that in mind, Hume Community Housing held a pop-up information and community event in Philip street, Raymond Terrace on Monday with the aim to help its customers and neighbouring residents get answers to questions they may have on Bushfire safety as well as help them to complete Bushfire Survival Plans.
The event, which included an information tent, barbecue and skip bin, was also used to launch 12 days of clearing branches, trees and flammable material around 120 Hume properties in Raymond Terrace and across Port Stephens.
As part of this work Hume will also do small roof and wall repairs, clean gutters, mow lawns and help remove unwanted items in yards. Hume's senior housing and community manager on the ground, Melissa Wiseman, said it was important to connect with customers and neighbours to share bushfire safety information, while providing an opportunity to say hello and share stories at a barbeque.
"Community is all important, and on top of the hard work the arborists and Hume's team will be doing to keep property and people safe, having a get together and a chat about what is going on in the area and their Bushfire Survival Plan is equally as important," she said.
A second will be held again at Parkway Avenue, Raymond Terrace on Monday, December 7.