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Somerset supports fire services with $106k levy

FIRE services across Somerset have been boosted by council’s half-yearly rural fire levy of about $106,000.

Published: November 4th 2019

FIRE services across Somerset have been boosted by council’s half-yearly rural fire levy of about $106,000.

The money will support more than 20 volunteer brigades in the Somerset Regional Council area.

Council Disaster Management Coordinator Adam Staunton said the local brigades provided a vital community service.

“It’s been a particularly dry spring leading into summer and already we’ve seen a number of fire bans in the Somerset region,” Mr Staunton said.

“We’ve been fortunate in that the fires we have experienced haven’t been too serious, but with predictions of another hot summer we will no doubt rely on our rural fire brigades in coming months.”

Bernie Wolff, who accepted a cheque on behalf of the Esk Rural Fire Brigade Group, said the money would directly benefit on-the-ground services.

“The levy covers things like operating costs and equipment maintenance – essential to the ongoing success of the rural brigades,” Mr Wolff said.

“We’re all really proud to support the Somerset community, and at the end of the day it wouldn’t be possible without funding from the rural fire levy.”

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