Forestry Corporation helps new migrants avoid Coffs Harbour summer dangers

Forestry Corporation of NSW has partnered with TAFE NSW and other community support agencies to help newly arrived migrants and refugees stay safe over the warmer months.

TAFE NSW organised the summer safety day at their Coffs Harbour campus to help the new residents better understand some of the risks presented during the Australian summer.

Forestry Corporation Partnerships Coordinator, Jodee Sparrow was pleased to help raise awareness of risks presented in local bushlands.

“State forests are fantastic places to visit for locals and visitors alike, but we want everyone to be aware of the risks and stay safe,” Ms Sparrow said.

“The summer safety day was an opportunity for us to talk to newly arrived migrants and refugees in particular, some of whom only arrived to Australian last month.

“Kiarra Fields, one of our local ecologists, presented a talk on the dangers around snakes and spiders and what to do if you are bitten by one.

“We were also fortunate to have Steve McEwan from Reptile World provide live snakes and lizards during the session. Students were able to have a close and personal look at these amazing creatures and better understand how to stay safe in the bush.”

Other presenters included Life Savers, Ambulance NSW, Roads and Maritime Services (road safety), and the Red Cross.

Forestry Corporation manages two million hectares of State forests across NSW for community enjoyment, renewable timber production and environmental protection. Around three million people visit State forests each year.

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