Mayor Ron Dyne.
Mayor Ron Dyne.

SES and firies find new homes

FLOOD bound travellers, as well as Gympie region residents, will benefit from improved rural fire brigade and State Emergency Service facilities.

The organisations will have new homes on leased Gympie Regional Council land at Gympie and Woolooga and formerly private donated land at Kybong.

Councillors agreed at their general meeting to issue leases for the relocation of Gympie SES to land near the Gympie Saleyards, a move which infrastructure councillor Larry Friske said would benefit other community groups using sites in the area, because it would include a much needed toilet.

Mayor Ron Dyne said emergency administrators had looked at the Red Hill area as a substitute for the existing King St depot, which he described as "completely inadequate."

Councillors also expressed gratitude to the private donors of land which will soon provide a permanent home for the Kybong SES and the area's rural fire brigade.

And at Woolooga, the council agreed to lease land to the Woolooga Rural Fire Brigade, which currently has only a two-bay fire station on land outside its area.

The brigade also provides important back up to adjoining "primary producer brigades" which do not have fire trucks, the meeting was told.

The Kybong property will have highway access via the Matilda Roadhouse site where, the meeting was told, flood bound travellers are often stranded and in need of assistance.

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