Fire cen­tre ‘ex­cel­lent’ for re­gion

South Western Times - - News -

The Dar­danup Shire Coun­cil has voted to sub­mit an ap­pli­ca­tion to host the Ru­ral Fire Ser­vice’s Cen­tre of Ex­cel­lence.

Coun­cil­lors voted unan­i­mously for the mo­tion when it was pre­sented at last week’s or­di­nary coun­cil meet­ing.

Shire pres­i­dent Mick Ben­nett said he felt the coun­cil had iden­ti­fied a suit­able lo­ca­tion for the cen­tre.

“We have sev­eral hectares where the coun­cil de­pot is, which has all the fa­cil­i­ties that you would need for the Cen­tre of Ex­cel­lence,” he said.

“We feel we are in with a chance just like ev­ery­body else, so coun­cil is pre­pared to put its hand up and say we are happy to look at all sorts of ar­range­ments. It would be ex­cel­lent to have it here in the South West if that is the case.”

Cr Ben­nett said the cen­tre would pro­vide an eco­nomic boost to the re­gion if se­lected.

“The eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment in our re­gion would be fan­tas­tic and the ex­tra jobs cre­ated would be great,” he said.

“The lo­ca­tion is close to all the ex­its from the coast to in­land ar­eas in­clud­ing not far from the fu­ture Bun­bury Outer Ring Road.

“We would think that we are not in a bad po­si­tion to host the cen­tre as we have all the com­mu­ni­ca­tions in place in the area we have iden­ti­fied.”

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