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Statement from Destination Port Stephens on Bushfires

October 18, 2013 Destination Global No Comments Email Email

Destination Port Stephens today thanked the Rural Fire Service, emergency services, tourist operations and local residents for their help during and after the bushfires which affected parts of the region last weekend.

Aerial of PStephens“Our heart goes out to those affected by the fires and who lost property but we also want to thank rural firefighters, emergency personnel, tourism operators and local residents for pulling together to fight the fires and accommodate people evacuated from affected areas,” said Destination Port Stephens Marketing Manager, Tars Bylhouwer.

“Port Stephens is tightly-knit community and in circumstances such as this, everyone pulls together to help each other which is one of the things so appealing about our area, Mr Bylhouwer said.

He said the fires were isolated to areas around Fingal Bay and the Tilligerry Peninsula and did not affect access roads or main tourist areas, accommodation, attractions or the general scenic appeal of Port Stephens, with almost all activities and tourist centres operating as normal.

“We have had some inquiries from prospective visitors inquiring if Port Stephens is still open for business and the answer is very much yes although a few walking tracks may be closed for a short period. We are thankful the damage was not greater and we look forward to the continued patronage and support of visitors, with our tourism industry injecting over $400 million a year into our region’s economy every year.”

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