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‘Very concerned’: Government urges travellers to reconsider holiday plans

Minister for Natural Disaster and Emergency Management David Littleproud has called on holidaymakers to avoid travelling to Shoalhaven over the weekend, as the fire danger escalates to a catastrophic level.

“I’ve just spoken to Emergency Management Australia… they are very concerned about the conditions there.

“Please be aware of any warnings that are out there… the emergency services advise me they have real concerns about a flood of people going for holidays down at Shoalhaven, just until this really passes.

“You’ve just got to think about this, because [if] you go down and put pressure on emergency service personnel, it actually puts them at risk as well.”

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Those travelling through the Blue Mountains are warned from 6pm on Friday, the Great Western Highway will be closed between Blackheath and Little Hartley.

Transport Management Center spokesman Derek Peterson says anyone travelling this weekend should be aware of changing road conditions.

“When we have holiday periods, we always advise people [to] make sure you plan ahead, make sure you check the latest traffic conditions. That applies so much more while we have all these roads and areas affected by bushfires.”

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