Before the 2015 election I pledged to the people of the Hawkesbury that a new state-of-the-art fire station would be built at South Windsor. On Monday it was my pleasure to open the new station, together with the Minister for Emergency Services, Fire and Rescue NSW Commissioner Greg Mullins, and Windsor Brigade Captain Kim Roche. I congratulate in particular Captain Roche on his award for 17 years of service. The first Windsor Fire Station was built in 1915, and 100 years later we have provided our firefighters with the finest possible equipment and facilities so that they can get on with the job that they do best.
I was proud to be joined by fellow politicians, local dignitaries and community leaders, school students and the people of Hawkesbury for this special event. The $3.1 million that the Government has invested in the new station will deliver enhanced facilities for firefighters and better incident response times to our community. The new station is in a more central position, has a double fire engine bay, new offices, operations rooms and fitness facilities. It will boost the firefighters’ ability to continue their essential work, keeping our community safe from fires and other emergencies. This is another step in helping to ensure that the natural beauty and heritage of the Hawkesbury is protected.