Three of the Shire’s Rural Fire Service (RFS) brigades are set to receive a major boost thanks to funding provided by the NSW State Government.
Announced by the NSW Minister for Emergency Services, David Elliott MP, a total of $610,000 will be distributed amongst Colo Vale, Exeter, Moss Vale and Berrima RFS Brigades as part of the State Government’s Rural Fire Fighting Fund.
Welcoming the news was Wingecarribee Shire Mayor Councillor Larry Whipper.
“Much of our Shire is of course surrounded by pristine bushland,” the Mayor said. “But this beautiful landscape can quickly turn deadly in the event of a bushfire.”
“Any funding which assists the RFS in carrying out their role in protecting and reducing the vulnerability of our Shire’s residents from bushfire is always welcome.”
The government funding will go towards building a new station for the Colo Vale RFS, upgrading Exeter RFS’s existing station and kick-starting funding towards a new building for the Moss Vale/Berrima RFS Brigades. Money will also be allocated to the purchase of a new heavy-duty fire tanker.
“Each year Council also sets aside dedicated RFS funding and this year I’m proud to say Council has contributed $596,000 towards our Shire’s Brigades,” the Mayor said.
“These monies go towards training costs, equipment upgrades and essential building and vehicle maintenance.”
“The role the Rural Fire Service provides in protecting our Shire’s residents, property and bushland is priceless,” the Mayor added.
“Council is very proud to continue to support and assist this vital organisation and the staff and volunteers who dedicate their time to safeguarding our Shire.”