Re­gion pushes for fire cen­tre

South Western Times - - News -

Don­ny­brook-Balin­gup shire pres­i­dent Brian Piesse be­lieves the Ru­ral Fire Di­vi­sion’s Cen­tre of Ex­cel­lence would be ide­ally lo­cated within his bor­ders.

Mr Piesse said he be­lieved that ge­o­graph­i­cally and de­mo­graph­i­cally a lo­ca­tion within the shire’s foot­print of nat­u­ral bush­land and State forests ticks most of the boxes in terms of sat­is­fy­ing the terms of ref­er­ence and scope of works de­tailed in the Ex­pres­sion of In­ter­est doc­u­ment.

“There is no doubt that our var­i­ous well lo­cated, ex­pe­ri­enced and highly awarded lo­cal fire brigades would add real hands-on value and func­tion­al­ity to the pro­posed Cen­tre of Ex­cel­lence,” he said.

“It would also bring with it a sig­nif­i­cant boost to the lo­cal pop­u­la­tion, re­tail de­mand and re­lated busi­ness ac­tiv­ity.

“The shire has de­mon­strated its pre­pared­ness to work with DFES in terms of fire mit­i­ga­tion strate­gies as de­mon­strated re­cently when a site within the shire was cho­sen by the Min­is­ter for Fire and Emer­gency Ser­vices, the Hon Fran Lo­gan MLA, to an­nounce the re­lease of a $3.3 mil­lion tranche of State fund­ing for fire mit­i­ga­tion pur­poses, of which the shire re­ceived a fur­ther $275k for the cur­rent fi­nan­cial year.”

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