THE bushfires burning across the state are impacting many events, including one many Leeton youngsters were looking forward to.
However, safety is paramount, which was why the Scouts Australia decided to cancel its 2020 Cuboree event in NSW.
The event was due to be held from January 4 at Cataract Scout Park in south-western Sydney.
Many of the attendees make their way by road and, with conditions so dangerous, the decision was made to call off the 2020 event.
Scouts NSW Chief Commissioner Neville Tomkins said the organisation consulted heavily with the NSW RFS.
"We are incredibly grateful to the support and advice we've been given by the RFS, and we acknowledge the pressure their teams are facing during these unprecedented bushfires across NSW," he said.
Scouts NSW was well prepared. We acted quickly on the advice we received, and immediately adopted our contingency plans and contacted all the participants of our event.
"While we are disappointed for the many young people who were planning to attend, our thoughts are with those members of our community who have lost loved ones, animals and homes as a result of the fires.
"We're proud that many of our local Scout groups are doing everything they can to help those who've been affected.
"Scouts NSW is part of the local community, and we're always willing to give a helping hand."
In good news, Leeton's Vanessa Cristofaro was still able to make her way to New Zealand at the end of December to attend the Jamboree in New Zealand.
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