South-West Minister Mark McGowan today joined Collie-Wellington MLA Mick Murray in presenting the Burekup Volunteer Bush Fire Brigade with a cheque for $3,000 from the State Government.
Mr McGowan said the funding would be used to improve the kitchen and outdoor areas in the new fire station, for the hard-working fire-fighters who risked their lives protecting the community in which they lived.
“These volunteers often go above the call of duty and show extraordinary devotion in dangerous circumstances,” he said.
The Minister said the new fire station, due to be completed shortly, would help the brigade continue to provide a valuable service to the Burekup community.
“The brigade, which has more than 20 volunteers, is called out to extinguish an average of 15 fires per season,” Mr McGowan said.
“It also carries out prescribed burning at the request of farmers for fire prevention.”
Collie-Wellington MLA Mick Murray said the new facility, which included a communications and meeting room, was an improvement on the galvanised iron shed the brigade had previously been working out of.
“It will be an asset to the township of Burekup and the surrounding farming community,” Mr Murray said.
He also said the grant for kitchen and outdoor amenities was one way the Carpenter Government was using the strong economy to deliver better services to the regions.
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