RFS urges buying of shed siteBargo RFS shed site gets the go aheadBargo Rural Fire Service members are frustrated that after a year of waiting they are no closer to moving into their new fire shed.
Wollondilly Council agreed to purchase land at 10 Avon Dam Road, Bargo last June to construct the new shed.
Bargo RFS captain Greg Green said their existing shed was no longer in an adequate state to house the brigade.
“The current shed is past its use by date and it is starting to fall down,” Mr Green said.
“We identified a new large block that is well situated and has easy access.
“We want to build a new shed that we can be proud of for the next 50 years.”
Councillor Ray Law has been pushing for a solution to the new site’s drainage problemsand the construction tenderdelay by the council.
Mr Green said the brigade was waiting on Australian Rail Track Corporation (ARTC)to find a solution to the drainage issues.
ARTC is concerned with potential stormwater run off flooding the rail corridor adjoining the blockwhich could closethe rail line in a severe storm.
ARTC is expected to deliver a solution in the coming weeks.
Wollondilly Council suggested the new shed be constructed by council, however, the brigade and Cr Law would prefer construction be completed by an external tender.
“Council should do what it does best and builders should do what they do best,” Cr Lawsaid.
Mr Green echoed Cr Law’s preference.
“Hopefully an external tender will get the contract and they will get onto the job properly,” Mr Green said.
Cr Law urged the council to offer the tender contract as soon as possibleso the builder could start construction as soon asthe drainage issues were resolved.
The new block of land has been subdivided but a construction certificate can not be issued until ARTC approves the drainage concerns.The land has not been purchased by the council yet.
Mr Green said the other brigade members were frustrated by the delays.
“The council haven’t been straight with us and we are not impressed by its actions,” he said.
“The shed should have been completed much sooner. We have been asking for this for more than fouryears.”
Cr Law said he wanted to seethe brigade in their new shed before the next fire season.
“We will be in trouble if there is a hot dry fire season and the last thing the brigade should be doing is moving into a new shed at that time,” he said.
Hume MP Angus Taylor said he had made strong representations to the Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Darren Chester and toARTC.
“We need to get this sorted out and it is time to get on with it,” he said.
“I am working with the Bargo RFS to get the issues resolved as quickly as possible.”
Wollondilly MP Jai Rowell said there was no hold up from the state government and he expected the matter be sorted out shortly.
“I am very keen to proceed with the build and I look forward to seeing it open rather than talking about it,” he said.
Wollondilly Council has been contacted for comment.
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