Labor’s Candidate for Upper Hunter Jeff Drayton has announced a Labor Government will spend $750,000 on critical upgrades at the Singleton Fire station and update its ageing fleet of fire trucks.
The announcement by Labor comes off the back of yesterday's commitment to guarantee $100 million from the Resources for Regions fund to go back to mining communities every year.
“The Singleton Fire Station is a classic example of our region not getting our fair share. If this was a fire station in Sydney it would have been fixed by now. Our region pumps billions into the NSW economy and in return we get fire stations that don’t fit fire trucks,” said Mr Drayton.
The only way to get our fair share is to have a local member who will go to Sydney and fight for our region. I'm asking the people of the Upper Hunter to give me that chance.
One of the trucks is almost 30 years old and the other is 15. They both need to be upgraded to ensure they have the key protections and technology available in modern fire trucks.
Meanwhile the station, which is more than 100 years old, is not fit-for-purpose. It has no dedicated change rooms, leaving firefighters with very little privacy when getting changed before and after their shifts. The station is also in dire need of a revamped clean / dirty area for firefighter uniforms, which is a health and safety issue.
Mr Drayton slammed the state of the Singleton Fire Station as another example of the Upper Hunter being neglected by the Nationals.
“I’m fighting for our fair share – and that means important upgrades at the Singleton Fire Station. The current situation is not acceptable. Ageing trucks must be replaced and firefighters must have space and privacy when getting changed,” Mr Drayton said.