BIG mapping workshop at Batlow

MAP PREPARING: Maps such as this one above were used during the Dunns Road fires and were useful for emergency services.

BATLOW and surrounding district residents are invited to join in a workshop day/s to map out the district for future natural disasters.

The Community Big Map workshops are being held over two days, this coming Thursday, July 11 and Saturday, July 13.

This free event will help ‘map out the way to prevent disasters’ as well as set the goal for mapping out local roads and places of safety if an emergency occurs.

Organised through the Resilience Hub the Big Map Community workshops in Batlow will give residents to establish a document which will be entitled ‘Empowerment Disaster Preparedness and Recovery.

Thursday’s workshop will have participants ‘walking the 10m x 14m BG Map – from Wondalga to Batlow to Laurel Hill in one hall of the Batlow Literary Institute.

It will be cofacilitated by Disaster Relief Australia and the NSW Reconstruction Authority.

Sessions are designed to equip the community with the vital skills and knowledge for disaster preparedness and recovery.

The Thursday sessions run from 10am to 2pm and again an evening general community session from 6pm to 9pm.

Saturday’s workshops will run from 10am to 1pm and 2pm to 5pm.It is advised that for catering purposes for residents to register either at the Batlow Library or the Batlow Bakery.

Be prepared though – wear warm socks as the shoes will be coming off!

Having lived through one disaster – the Dunns Road bushfires in 2020, Batlow and surrounding district needs to be prepared for any emergencies – it could happen again.

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