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Today it is my great pleasure to announce the State Government is providing a $50,000 Community Infrastructure Fund (CIF) grant to the Taroona Volunteer Fire Brigade for Stage 1 of their Driveway Upgrade Project.

The existing driveway at Taroona Fire Station is severely degraded with numerous potholes posing a tripping hazard to volunteers. The driveway is not designed to cope with large amounts of water run-off from fire-fighting exercises. Neither was it designed to handle medium to heavy rigid fire trucks.

Stage 1 aims to repair the driveway to make it much safer for training and to improve its load- bearing capacity. This includes digging up the existing driveway, laying down a new crushed rock base, topped by a 30mm thick asphalt surface. New kerbs on either side will channel water into a proper drainage system.

The Taroona Volunteer Fire Brigade was first established in 1946. In 1982 it became the State’s first volunteer dual purpose brigade with both urban and bush firefighting responsibilities.

Currently the brigade has 25 members and it continues to operate as a dual purpose brigade and serves as a back-up for Hobart Fire Brigade.

Rebuilding the old driveway will create a safer and more attractive training ground for the volunteers, and this will assist to enhance firefighting skills.

It is also hoped the upgrade will encourage more volunteers to join to serve and protect the general public from urban and bushfires.