The new Binningup Volunteer Bushfire Brigade building was officially opened on Saturday, 14 November, in time for what is predicted to be a challenging bushfire season ahead.
Department of Fire and Emergency Services Assistant Commissioner Learning and Development Rick Curtis said “we’re heading into a season that is going to have some challenges for us.”
“I expect that fuel loads and other things will certainly present challenges for us heading into the Christmas New Year period.”
This important building will continue to increase capacity within the Binningup Volunteer Bushfire Brigade members and provide a fit for purpose facility to meet the growing needs of the community.
Shire of Harvey President Paul Gillett said the building was an important piece of infrastructure to ensure our community is kept safe.
"The volunteers who generously donate their time to the Binningup Volunteer Bushfire Brigade are the lifeblood of this community and it is great to be able to provide a building to ensure they are equipped and ready to tackle the emergency situations that may come their way," Cr Gillett said.
The new building includes a two bay drive through appliance shed, storage rooms, training room, communications and office space, kitchen and bathroom facilities.
The total cost of construction was $592,597 of which $389,739 was a DFES Capital Grant with the Shire of Harvey contributing $202,858.
Mr Curtis said facilities like this were really important, because they built capability and morale within the brigade and became the community hub for the volunteers.
“When you think of volunteering and the commitment it takes from individuals, it’s what the heart of the community is all about and volunteer fire fighting is more than something you do on the side, it’s a lifestyle,” he said.
“Without volunteer firefighters I would argue to say that this state would not be able to provide the outstanding response that it does to emergencies across Western Australia.
“Volunteers are clearly the backbone of emergency services across Western Australia.”
A long standing volunteer Fire Control Officer Malcom Adams was recognised for his service as he was presented with his 20 Year Bushfire Brigade Long Service Medal for the Binningup Volunteer Bushfire Brigade.
Mr Adams said the brigade had a positive future ahead given the new facilities and outstanding brigade members that he was surrounded by.