$500,000 RFS base for Kyogle

The Northern Star - - NEWS - Sa­man­tha Poate Sa­man­tha.Poate@north­ern­star.com.au

❝It will give us a more mod­ern and user-friendly fa­cil­ity in Kyogle. — Michael Brett, Su­per­in­ten­dent, RFS North­ern Rivers

KYOGLE is get­ting a new fire sta­tion as part of the Ru­ral Fire Ser­vice’s com­mit­ment to up­grad­ing its re­gional fa­cil­i­ties.

RFS North­ern Rivers Su­per­in­ten­dent Michael Brett said Kyogle mem­bers were des­per­ately in need of new head­quar­ters.

“It has been on the boil now for about five years, to firstly iden­tify suit­able land and lo­ca­tion and se­cure the fund­ing from govern­ment which we have done, and get the nec­es­sary ap­provals,” Supt Brett said.

“The sta­tion they’ve got is ba­si­cally too small. It’s lo­cated in the wrong spot.

“This is more cen­trally lo­cated, you’ve got (the) SES on the same site, so we’ve got that sort of emergency ser­vices precinct.

“(It) gives us bet­ter ac­cess for mem­bers, newer con­di­tions, three bays, train­ing room, meet­ing room, kitchen, full toi­let and dis­abled toi­let fa­cil­i­ties, show­ers and a fairly large stor­age room.”

It’s es­ti­mated the new sta­tion will cost nearly $500,000 to build.

“This year we were able to se­cure some funds from the govern­ment (and) through the ser­vice (RFS). Kyogle Coun­cil is wear­ing some of the costs as well,” Supt Brett said.

“We are hop­ing it (the sta­tion) will be fin­ished by March–April next year.

“It will give us a more mod­ern and user-friendly fa­cil­ity in Kyogle.”

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