National Iris Convention
Tall Bearded Iris Seedling
the Iris Society of Australia
New South Wales Region
Thank you for your emails of concern about our fire ravaged Blue Mountains. Today two members of our executive whose gardens you were scheduled to visit in Bilpin were compulsorily evacuated and most of the rest of us have had to activate our bush fire plans. These are tough times.
Our region was declared a disaster zone last Friday and all non-essential travel is to be avoided
Today the Premier declared a state of emergency in the Blue Mountains and Lithgow
The hall where we hold our Iris Show may be commandeered as a Disaster Relief Centre or as an Evacuation Centre.
The forecast for the next three days is not promising with high temperatures and winds that are likely to spread the flames and smoke.
With such treacherous conditions we must have concern for the safety of our exhibitors and guests
We are very sad to announce that 2013 Iris Show and the Iris Convention must be cancelled
We acknowledge the disappointment and inconvenience this may cause but to go ahead in the present conditions would be irresponsible.
We will ensure that all people who paid deposits on accommodation will be refunded in full.