New station, better location for Binningup brigade

David CharlesworthHarvey-Waroona Reporter

Binningup Volunteer Bush Fire Brigade will soon have a new station following the announcement of a $275,000 grant from the State Government last week.

Last Tuesday, the Harvey Shire Council officially accepted the grant as part of the Local Government Capital Grants Scheme.

As the funding could not be included in the 2017/18 Budget, the council will undertake the preparation work this financial year with construction to start in the second half of 2018.

Captain Mal Adams said the brigade was in need of a new home with the station lacking change room facilities and a bay to store the brigade’s second vehicle.

“What we’ve got is pretty rudimentary and the new sheds have got a lot more, like showers and change rooms which we don’t have here,” he said.

Mr Adams said template designs by the Department of Fire and Emergency Services included two drive-through vehicle bays, meeting rooms, a radio room and changing facilities.

The council was also investigating a new location for the brigade on Lakes Parade, near the Binningup Country Club and Lawn Bowls, and would be undertaking community consultation before making a final decision.

Mr Adams said the current location of the brigade was vulnerable to a major bushfire from the north east due to adjacent bushland reserves.

He said the new location had the advantage of a quicker route through town, proximity to power and water, nearby clubs providing rally points for the community and was far more defensible in the event of a major bushfire.

“In terms of access it’s far more appropriate rather than coming in through all the back streets, particularly if we are fighting a major bushfire somewhere and have crew changes,” he said.

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