Cessnock City Council welcomes decision to keep Weston Fire Station open

Cessnock City Council welcomed the announcement by Fire and Rescue NSW that that Weston Fire Station will remain open.

Cessnock City Council welcomed the announcement by Fire and Rescue NSW that that Weston Fire Station will remain open.

Fire and Rescue NSW had recently announced the Weston Fire Station’s doors would be closed and the service would be replaced by Abermain Fire Station, once the new building becomes operational.

Cessnock City Mayor, Councillor Bob Pynsent said he is pleased common sense has prevailed on this occasion.  

“I am relieved to hear our communities concerns have been heard and Weston Fire Station will remain.”  

“Any decision which involves cuts to fire stations in the Cessnock Local Government Area is extremely worrying for the community, especially in light of recent events that have occurred in the Weston and Kurri Kurri area.”

“The bush fires that have ripped through our community during this bush fire season are proof of just how important this service is in protecting residents”.

“A decrease in staffing levels may result in longer response times which could have devastating ramifications. Our community’s safety depends on all our local stations remaining open and manned fully,” Cr Pynsent said.

During the first Council meeting of 2017, a Mayoral Minute was put to Council which acknowledged the decision by Fire and Rescue NSW and reiterated the importance of these services in the community.

2 February 2017