Grant helps keep Taroona fire safe

THE Taroona Fire Brigade is one step closer to improving its training facilities thanks to funding support from the TasWater Small Community Grants Program.

The brigade was awarded $5000, adding to its fundraising drive, to install a new fully paved driveway at the entry to the fire station.

The driveway and forecourt is an important space for brigade members to practice firefighting techniques, with much of the training involving water.

This has seen an increase to the wear and tear on the driveway, the surface posing injury risks with its unevenness and many potholes.

Taroona Fire Brigade first officer Stephen Watchorn said the brigade was planning to install a new surface on its 65-metre driveway, making it much more functional.

“The TasWater money will be used to install a proper drainage system, ensuring the new surface will remain serviceable for many years to come,” he said.

“This boost to our funding is very welcome and with support from other organisations and the Kingborough Council, will ensure our new driveway will become a reality.

“Already this year, TasWater has also funded new fire hydrant connections at the fire station as part of the brigades 70th anniversary celebrations.

“This anniversary makes Taroona one of the oldest volunteer brigades in southern Tasmania since being formed in 1946.”

TasWater chief executive officer Michael Brewster said TasWater provided small community grants to the total value of $20,000 each year.

“The Taroona Fire Brigade is one of seven organisations provided with a grant this year,” he said.

“We are more than happy to offer our support to projects that build on a community organisation’s core work and build healthier, more vibrant and inclusive communities in areas serviced by TasWater.”

The TasWater grants allow organisations to implement ideas that, even in a small way, help change local communities for the better.

Applications for the 2018 round of the Small Communities Grants Program can be lodged from May next year.

Caption: From left, Taroona Fire Brigade second officer Tristan Roberts, third officer Paul Robinson and firefighters Andrew Terhorst and Les Potter.

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