Member for Kiama Gareth Ward has today moved a Notice of Motion in Parliament calling on Shoalhaven City Council to support our local rural fire service volunteers.

Mr Ward said that the Broughton Vale/Berry Rural Fire Service is seeking $400,000 from Shoalhaven City Council for a new Station.

“This upgrade is necessary to accommodate modern facilities and equipment.

“It was disappointing to see Labor and Greens Councillors voting against a motion to allocate these funds to a volunteer organisation, however I do congratulate Councillor Mitchell Pakes for bringing a rescission motion to try and find a way forward,” he said.

“Councillor Pakes showed great leadership and support for the Broughton Vale/Berry RFS volunteers, many of whom where in the public gallery at Council last night. As a volunteer himself, Cr Pakes knows how hard it is for volunteer organisations to find funds for vital projects to support our local community.

“I call upon all Shoalhaven Councillors to see sense on this issue, support this funding request and back our local rural fire service volunteers who do such a tremendous job keeping our local communities safe,” Mr Ward said.

Mr Ward’s Notice of Motion:

Madam Speaker, I move that this House:

1. Congratulates the Rural Fire Service for their work and dedication to communities across NSW;
2. Notes that the Broughton Vale/Berry Rural Fire Service is seeking $400,000 from Shoalhaven City Council for a new Station;
3. Notes with disappointment that Councillors voted against a motion to allocate these funds;
4. Congratulates Cr Mitchell Pakes for bringing a rescission motion to seek funding options; and
5. Calls on Shoalhaven City Councillors to support this request and back our rural fire service volunteers.