House debates

Tuesday, 1 December 2020

Statements by Members

Sandy Point Rural Fire Brigade, Menai Rural Fire Brigade

1:56 pm

Photo of Craig KellyCraig Kelly (Hughes, Liberal Party) Share this | | Hansard source

The Sutherland shire and areas around Wattle Grove have a long history of bushfire, with a major bushfire occurring every few years over the past century. Hopefully, with the cooler weather predicted for this summer we might have a quiet year. However, we know that there are no guarantees, as our history tells us that major bushfires, like those devastating fires of the 1990s, will occur again.

On the previous weekend I was honoured to attend both the Sandy Point Rural Fire Brigade and Menai Rural Fire Brigade's presentation ceremonies to assist with the presentation of their long-service medals and the Premier's Bushfire Emergency Citation. These were held at the Sandy Point and Menai stations. For Menai, it was also a celebration of their 80 years as a brigade, and it was great to see two of Menai's long-serving members, Don and Len Carter, there to cut the cake in celebration. To all our amazing bushfire brigade volunteers throughout my electorate, I simply say to you: thank you and please, this bushfire season, stay safe.