On the road:
Minister Stuart Ayers
(third left) and Camden
MP Chris Patterson
(fourth left) with Narellan
firefighters and the new
In time for bushfire season: Narellan firefighters (back, left to right) Matt Cooper, John Petterson and Ross Webster with
station officer Simon Busby and the new fire tanker truck which can be used to fight bushfires as well as act as an additional
Picture: Jeff de Pasquale
Tanks a lot for new firefighting truck
By Kerrie Armstrong
NARELLAN firefighters now have a new
tool in their arsenal for this summer’s
Narellan’s Fire and Rescue NSW
station has been given a new tanker
which is designed to operate off-road
to battle bush and scrub fires.
Station officer Peter Harris said the
tanker would also be a useful altern-
ative water source in areas where it was
difficult to tap into the water system.
‘‘It’s going to be utilised primarily for
the bushfire season due to the fact it’s a
tanker with off-road capability,’’ he said.
‘‘It carries a lot more water and it’s set
up specially for grass and bushfires.’’
Station officer Harris said Fire and
Rescue NSW worked with the Rural Fire
Service to bring such fires under control.
‘‘We have the RFS which does
provide a service, this has just given us
extra resources to get to fires quickly
and get to work straight away,’’ he said.
‘‘It is a welcome resource to have at
He said 40 extra staff would be
employed around Sydney at stations that
received the new tankers and Narellan
would receive eight new firefighters.
Camden MP Chris Patterson said five
of the tankers were deployed in
Sydney. ‘‘These trucks will provide additional
capability on total fire ban days, during
bushfire and during severe weather
events,’’ he said.
‘‘I have no doubt that this truck will
be a great asset to Camden and the
Emergency Services Minister Stuart
Ayers said the additional tankers and
firefighters would ‘‘help ensure that
full-time fire stations in Sydney are
online and available to respond to fires
and other emergencies in Camden and
beyond’’. approves design work
By Kerrie Armstrong
DETAILED design work is set to
begin on two of Camden Council’s
flagship sport and recreation devel-
opments. At last week’s council meeting the
councillors voted to adopt the pro-
posals for a multi-purpose outdoor
youth space at Birriwa Reserve,
Mount Annan, and the Narellan
sports hub, to be built on land next
to Narellan Park on Millwood
The youth space will have an
adventure playground, for children
aged 12 to 17, and other facilities
built on the reserve.
The Narellan sports hub will
include 44 netball courts, football
fields, a walking track around the
perimeter, an athletics facility and
three multi-use zones.
It will cost about $13.5 million.
Councillor Debby Dewbery said
the youth space would cater to the
growth in the area and provide a
facility for young people.
She said the sports hub had ‘‘taken
a while to get to this stage’’ but ‘‘so
many sporting clubs are literally
hanging out for it’’.
Cr Greg Copeland said he hoped
the hub would give businesses ‘‘the
confidence they need to invest in
what they want to do’’.
‘‘Hopefully, it brings accommoda-
tion to the area now businesses
know [sporting] events are going to
be held there,’’ he said.
‘‘I fully support it, I think it is a fan-
tastic facility and I can’t wait to see
the detailed design,’’ Cr Peter
Several councillors called for the
council to speak with the sporting
organisations involved, as well as the
state and federal governments, to col-
lect as much grant money as possible
to put towards building the hub.
Camden mayor Lara Symkowiak
said she looked forward to seeing
the sports hub progress, and sug-
gested the council could invest a
little bit more money in the youth
space to ‘‘get the most bang for our
buck’’. The council has allocated
$600,000 for the youth space and
about $50,000 for the design work.
Another $200,000 will be spent on
‘‘preliminary design investigations
including the required traffic
assessment’’ for the sports hub.
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