Premier thanks firefighters for battling Darlington blaze on New Year’s Day

AT FRONT L-R: Matthew Hughes MLA (Member for Kalamunda), Premier Mark McGowan and Ricky Harvey (Captain of the Darlington Volunteer Bush Fire Brigade), seen here with other brigade members. Photo: David Baylis
AT FRONT L-R: Matthew Hughes MLA (Member for Kalamunda), Premier Mark McGowan and Ricky Harvey (Captain of the Darlington Volunteer Bush Fire Brigade), seen here with other brigade members. Photo: David Baylis

PREMIER Mark McGowan and Kalamunda MLA Matthew Hughes hosted a morning tea yesterday to celebrate and thank local community groups including volunteer firefighters who responded to a fire in Darlington on New Year’s Day.

Mr McGowan said the firefighters had protected lives and homes from being destroyed.

“They came out on New Year’s Day when the rest of us were lying around, drinking beer and eating crayfish,” he said.

‘They did it on a day when no doubt their families were hoping to spend some time with them.”

Mr Hughes said the recent bushfire within Darlington highlighted the importance of strong Hills communities.

Premier Mark McGowan speaks to Ricky Harvey (FAR LEFT) who is the Captain of the Darlington Volunteer Bush Fire Brigade. Photo: David Baylis

“We Hills residents especially value the members of our emergency service and volunteer bush fire brigades,” he said.

“We are indebted to the volunteers for their unstinting service in protecting and supporting us in times of our greatest need.”

Mr McGowan also used the opportunity to celebrate the fulfilment of a number election commitments funded by the Local Projects, Local Jobs initiative.

These local projects include:

A Community Masterplan for the Darlington Skatepark, being led by volunteer members of the community, who are organising an extension to the Skatepark with $25,000 of funding provided by the State Government.

The new Darlington Pavilion which benefitted from $100,000 of funding.

A replacement food van for the Rotary Club of Mundaring with $30,000 contributed by the State Government. The van enables the Rotary Club to continue its fundraising at Sunday markets and local swap meets.

$150,000 to the Mundaring Tennis Club to upgrade lighting.