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Upper Hunter firies benefit to tune of $6 million


Upper Hunter firies will benefit to tune of almost $6 million, thanks to much-needed NSW Government funding.

Fire and Rescue NSW (FRNSW) crews at Muswellbrook and Dungog are set to revel in new state-of-the-art stations in their respective towns, while the Kayuga NSW Rural Fire Service (NSW RFS) will welcome a facility of its own for the first time.

The latter’s joy comes after much lobbying over the years for assistance, and land, following the worst bushfire season in NSW history.

Upper Hunter MP Dave Layzell, Minister for Police and Emergency Services David Elliott, FRNSW Commissioner Paul Baxter and NSW RFS Chief Superintendent Jayson McKellar unveiled the designs during a visit to the region on Wednesday 3 November.

“The $650,000 Kayuga NSW RFS station has special significance to the community of Kayuga,” Mr Layzell said.

“The brigade celebrated its 90th anniversary last year.

“And, it’s quadrupled its membership numbers since the horrendous 2019/20 bushfire season.

“Today is also a great day for the Upper Hunter, as we unveil the designs of the $3.05 million Muswellbrook Fire Station and $2.1 million Dungog Fire Station for our FRNSW firefighters.

“Both premises are set to be completed in 2022 and will provide local firefighters with the facilities they need to do the important work they do for our communities.

“Muswellbrook will also profit from a new $300,000 bushfire tanker, which will give our members the edge when responding to various crises.”

Mr Elliott said the fire stations would improve efficiencies in the region’s emergency response and capability.

“The NSW Government is committed to providing our firefighters with the best possible facilities and equipment,” he stated.

“That way they can get on with the job they do best – protecting life and property.

“Our firefighters need to be well-resourced and equipped to shelter the community from fires, motor vehicle crashes, hazardous materials incidents and other emergencies.

“The three new stations will ensure our agencies meet the growing needs of the Upper Hunter community and continue to provide the best possible service to the people of Kayuga, Muswellbrook, Dungog and surrounding communities.”

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