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News ¦ Council On the road: Emergency Services Minister Stuart Ayers (third left) and Camden MP Chris Patterson (fourth left) with Narellan firefighters and the new water tanker. 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 water source. 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 bushfire season. 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 the station.’’ 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 surrounding areas.’’ 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 Go-ahead for sports centres 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 Avenue, Narellan. 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 Sidgreaves said. 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. Have your say... Decorative Pebbles, Soil, Sands, Mulches, Turf, Plants, Cement, Blocks & Pavers, Water Features Gift Vouchers Now Avaliable! STIHL Now Open G7235530AL-171214 6 - Camden-Narellan CDA 0006 Advertiser, Wednesday, December 17, 2014 Bring This Advertisment Into Store To Receive 10% Off All Bulk Products Call 13 24 25 . . . That's Fairfax Community Classifieds