State Government announces $650,000 for new Kayuga fire station

Filed in Just In by May 8, 2021

KAYUGA Rural Fire Brigade will receive a new $650,000 purpose-built fire station to help the passionate fire crew operate with all the equipment they need to protect their community.

The state government’s announcement to build this new station in Kayuga follows a commitment from Labor of $530,000 towards a new station earlier in the week where Labor’s candidate for Upper Hunter Jeff Drayton lashed out at the “appalling” facilities the brigade were operating in.

Deputy Premier John Barilaro also joined Mr Layzell at the new site in Kayuga to make the announcement and said it is crucial volunteer firefighters have the facilities they need to protect their community. 

“These are a group of passionate people who have done their best but now they will have a state-of-the-art facility that can really accommodate their needs on the job,” Mr Layzell said.

“This announcement is another example of the NSW Government’s commitment to our emergency services, especially in rural and regional areas,” Mr Barilaro said.

“The brand new Kayuga Fire Station will have room to store two trucks, as well as the modern facilities our firefighters need as they go about their critical duties,” he said.

“The proud volunteers of the Kayuga Brigade work tirelessly to protect lives and property throughout bushfire seasons, and indeed all year round, and they need and deserve a state-of-the-art facility.”

Minister for Police and Emergency Services David Elliott said this announcement is on top of an already record budget for emergency services. “The volunteers of the NSW Rural Fire Service had our backs during some of the worst bushfires this country has seen. This announcement is another example of how the NSW Government is committed to having theirs,” Mr Elliott said.

“Our volunteer firefighters keep our community safe all year round, whether it be their response to local incidents, deployment during campaign fires, or conducting essential hazard reduction activities,” he said.

“We all know how important rural fire brigades are to communities in regional and rural NSW, I trust this new purpose-built fire station will become a cornerstone of the Kayuga community for many years to come.” 

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