Lismore, Richmond Valley Councils Back Plan for Single Rural Fire Zone

The Northern Star (Lismore, Australia), August 25, 2010 | Go to article overview

Lismore, Richmond Valley Councils Back Plan for Single Rural Fire Zone


RICHMOND Valley and Lismore City councils have endorsed a plan for a single rural fire service zone.

The plan is to include those two council areas, along with Kyogle, in a zone with a new $2.8 million headquarters based at the Casino aerodrome.

Kyogle Council wants a number of matters clarified before giving any approval and will hold a workshop with a representative from the Rural Fire Service early next month to thrash out the issues.

However, Kyogle Council general manager Arthur Piggott expects the council to sign off on the plan at its September 27 meeting.

Kyogle Council wants to know how much it will have to contribute towards administering the new zone's accounts, a job likely to be done by Richmond Valley, and an assurance that the Kyogle area will receive the same levels of service it has in the past.

"I think we can sort out any issues we have at the workshop and I would expect the proposal to go to the September meeting for approval,a Mr Piggott said.

The RFS has already received support for the proposal from all volunteer brigades in the three council areas.

According to the manager of the RFS Northern Rivers, Superintendent Michael Brett, the move from three rural fire districts to one zone will streamline the RFS administration, without impacting on the operations and activities of volunteers in the brigades. …

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