Member for Northern Tablelands Adam Marshall pictured with NSW Rural Fire Service Matheson Brigade members Barry Anderson, left, John Stewart and Captain Terry Watters at the station last week.
THE State Government has allocated $20,000 to the Matheson Rural Fire Service (RFS) Brigade to add a new amenities block to its station building, Member for Northern Tablelands Adam Marshall announced today.
Mr Marshall visited the Matheson RFS station, near Glen Innes, last Thursday to meet with RFS volunteers, take a look at their plans and receive a briefing on the work carried out by the brigade in the region.
“I’m very pleased to see these extra resources being provided to boost our local RFS and support the many volunteers that give so much to protect people and property,” Mr Marshall said.
“The service has a proud history and our rural communities rely heavily on their services so I’m delighted to see their efforts are appreciated and government continues to upgrade their facilities.
“Until recently the brigade has been mainly involved in call outs to vehicle accidents on the highway but fortunately, with the road upgrade now complete on the Waterloo Range, there has been a significant reduction in accidents.
“The brigade has 22 members which is impressive for such a small isolated community and I’m very pleased they can now put in an amenities block to make life a little more comfortable for the firefighters.”
Matheson RFS Captain Terry Watters said the addition of an amenities block would make the Matheson shed a lot more valuable as a community gathering place.
“We’ll be putting in a shower and toilets and it will certainly make things a lot more comfortable for the volunteers and any community members that want to use it for meetings,” Mr Watters said.