Council to host thank you concert for Macarthur's first responders

Silverdale firefighters recently hosted a thank you event for the community. Now the council wants to give the region's firies a big thank you. Picture: Simon Bennett
Silverdale firefighters recently hosted a thank you event for the community. Now the council wants to give the region's firies a big thank you. Picture: Simon Bennett

Macarthur's emergency services have worked tirelessly in recent months to keep the community safe through drought, fire and flood.

Now Wollondilly Council wants to give residents, organisations and businesses a way to give thanks to the brave men and women who put their lives on the line to protect the region.

The council will host a benefit and relief concert called, Band Together 2020 at Club Menangle, Trackside, Menangle Park on Saturday, March 28 from 12pm to 10pm.

Wollondilly mayor Matthew Deeth encouraged locals to mark the concert on their calendars.

"Our community was heavily impacted by the bushfires so this is a great opportunity for everyone to come together to say a huge thank you to all the firefighters and emergency services staff and volunteers who worked incredibly hard to protect our community," he said.

"Throughout the past few months firefighters sacrificed a lot of time with their families so we wanted to throw an event where they could spend some quality time with their families."

The bushfire crisis that gripped Australia in the latter half of 2019 through to early 2020 has had a devastating impact on communities around Australia, none more than in Wollondilly and the Southern Highlands.

In Wollondilly more than 30 homes were damaged or destroyed when the Green Wattle Creek bushfire swept through the shire.

The massive blaze was contained earlier this year after more than two months burning through thousands of acres of bush and residential land.

The fire caused extensive damage across the shire including 15 homes destroyed and 16 homes damaged, eight facilities destroyed and three damaged, 66 outbuildings destroyed and 45 damaged.

More than 270 rural landholders were affected.

"All the money raised from the [relief concert] event will be distributed to our local RFS units, along with the local SES & Wires groups," he said.

"There will be free entry to the event for local RFS, emergency services and their families."

Festivities will run throughout the day with live music, food and beverage stalls, family amusement rides, market stalls and more.

The main music concert will be on the expansive main stage from the afternoon right into the evening at Tabcorp Park, Menangle.

Some of the artists who will be performing include Golden Guitar winner Christie Lamb and CMC award nominee Missy Lancaster.

All children will be free and adult tickets will be $20 each.

Tickets will be on sale soon at bandtogether2020.com.au.

For further information contact the council on 4677 1100 or events@wollondilly.nsw.gov.au.

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