Elliott on deck for fires after Euro jaunt

2020-02-23 09:41:58    阅读:958932

The NSW emergency service minister says he will "step up, no

t step down" after jetting back from an "inexcusable" overseas holiday to face the states bushfire crisis. Dav

id Elliott on Saturday morning fronted reporters at the NSW Rural Fire Service headquarters in Sydney. "I arrived here last night and I spoke to (southern NSW recovery coordinator) Dick Adams,&q

uot; he told reporters. "I will be supporting the premier and the commissioner, making sure that I get on top of the operations and t

he deployments that occur today." Asked if he planned to stay on in his role, Mr Elliott said "I came back to step up, not step down". Mr Elliott on Friday night apologised for being over

seas as bushfires ripped through the south coast of NSW. "My absence over the last week was inexcusable," he said. "I should have put my RFS family first and f

oremost given the current conditions (even my own family acknowledge that) and now its time to get back to work."; The Baulkham Hills MP came in for heavy community criticism for travelling overseas during a bushfire season in which almost 1300 homes have been razed, 17 lives lost and bush three times the size of Sydne

y burnt. NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian did not go into detail when asked about Mr Elliotts plans for Saturdays fore

cast bushfire "onslaught". "Hes here (at RFS headquarters). He will be here," she told

reporters. Ms Berejiklian s刘伯温期期准选一肖 aid "of course" she was glad to

have Mr Elliott back in the country. Australian Associated Press