Top stories in NSW in 2019

Updated December 16 2019 - 9:08pm, first published 9:01pm
Bushfires in NSW destroy more than 2.7 million hectares, an area almost twice the size of Sydney.

BUSHFIRES: Just weeks into what looms as a long, dangerous summer, bushfires claim six lives, destroy more than 700 homes and burn 2.7 million hectares. A week-long state of emergency is declared in November amid catastrophic conditions. The fires prompt furious debate over climate change during devastating drought and water shortages affecting most of NSW. State and federal governments announce millions in assistance packages for farmers and regional communities enduring the worst big dry in living memory.

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