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‘My heart is breaking’: South Coast MP tears up describing ‘utter devastation’ of bushfires

Member for South Coast Shelley Hancock has teared up as she describes the devastating impact bushfires have had on New South Wales.

Seven people have been confirmed dead following the New Year’s Eve bushfires which ripped through towns from Nowra to the Victorian border.

From Lake Conjola, where people have been trapped for the last two days, MP Shelley Hancock held back tears as she spoke to Mark Levy.

“There will be lots of questions that have to be answered after this is all over. We’ve just found our cattle alive, thank God, our horses are alive. But people have lost everything.

“My heart is breaking, just breaking.”

She says there’s a sense of anger amongst the community that there wasn’t enough hazard reduction burning carried out.

“The communities down here of Bawley Point, Kioloa have been calling out for hazard reduction for their coastal villages. 

“We just keep talking about climate change. For god’s sake, we’ve got to get these people out! This is what’s important!”

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NSW Mental Health Minister Bronnie Taylor tells Mark she will be fighting for more hazard reduction burning after her property was caught up in the devastating fires.

“I can assure you that my voice will be loud and it will be strong.

“We need to reduce the fuel load. We were surrounded by bush in our place at Adelong, we were surrounded by pine forest, and they went up like you have never seen before.”

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