Grant Enables Renovation of Station
Bega Rotary partners with Tathra Brigade
During the latter half of 2019, Bega Rotary Executive approached the Brigade with the aim of donating money to help buy equipment. During the initial conversation, it unfolded that the Deputy Captain was entertaining the idea of a dedicated Training Room to be built and a refurbishment of the existing office using funding from a Government Grant Scheme.
“Well - let's not play around with small change!” they said - “not only will we donate a large sum of money to this project, we will sponsor your application in the Infrastructure Grant Scheme”.
Over a number of meetings (and unlimited coffee), the application process began to fall into place - many local organisations adding their support to the project.
Finally, everyone happy, we submitted the application early November and in March 2020, we were notified that our application had been successful. There was never any doubt!!!
How Will the Money be Spent?
On Friday, 3rd July 2020, the Brigade was very pleased to have our local member Andrew Constance MP, Bega Valley Shire Mayor Sharon Tapscott and Deputy Mayor Russell Fitzpatrick, Bega Rotary Executives - Charlie Blomfield, Margaret Taylor and Phil McDonald and local Access committee member Chris Sparks pop into the Station to inspect commencement of the new upgrades to Tathra Volunteer Fire Station.
The upgrades will greatly improve both comfort and safety for the members and develop the building into a facility that serves the local community and the District RFS community for years to come.
This support from the Community no doubt, was instrumental in securing funding of $166,400.00 through the NSW Government Infrastructure Grant.
Andrew Constance MP discusses some finer points with Bega Rotary Executive Charlie Blomfield
The project will see:
- New dedicated Training Room added.
- Laundry facilities
- Upgraded toilets and the addition of a shower.
- Upgraded kitchen and office facilities including air conditioning.
- Information Technology and media upgrade
- General upgrades to the grounds and gardens.
Local building company, Kaos Constructions were the successful tenderers.
The Brigade would really like to acknowledge the amazing work put in by the Brigades Deputy Captain Lance Hartley and Rotary’s Charlie Blomfield, Margaret Taylor and Phil McDonald who drove the application process.