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Council fast tracks payments to rural fire brigades

SOMERSET Regional Council has fast tracked payments to rural fire brigades after months of hot, dry weather.

Published: 30th January 2020

SOMERSET Regional Council has fast tracked payments to rural fire brigades after months of hot, dry weather.

The $106,000 contribution will support more than 20 volunteer brigades across the region.

Somerset Mayor Graeme Lehmann said the groups continued to provide a vital community service.

“Council helps fund the local brigades following an annual request from the Queensland Fire and Emergency Services,” Cr Lehmann said.

“Payments are usually made after the release of rate notices, however in this case council has fast tracked the process due to a busy fire season.

“I thank and congratulate our rural fire volunteers for everything they do, often working in incredibly difficult and unforgiving circumstances.”

Dave Wandel, who accepted a cheque on behalf of the Somerset Rural Fire Brigade Local Area Finance Committee, 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 rural brigades like ours,” Mr Wandel said.

“The fact that council has fast tracked these payments shows how seriously they take the risk of fire, and also how much they value our volunteers.

“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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