17 February 2016

Ms TRISH DOYLE (Blue Mountains): Nearly 2½ years on from horrific bushfires, Winmalee Rural Fire Service brigade hosted the official opening of its new satellite fire station at Yellow Rock on Saturday 6 February 2016. In October 2013, the Blue Mountains townships of Yellow Rock, Winmalee and Mount Victoria were devastated by bushfire. More than 200 homes were destroyed and many others damaged. Many families were displaced.

Out of this trauma, the new Yellow Rock fire shed is a milestone in the bushfire recovery process. The opening of the new station acted as a symbol of hope and resilience. Among those who joined me on this special day were the many wonderful local Yellow Rock and Winmalee residents and businesses who donated time, money and effort for the rebuild; Winmalee Rural Fire Service brigade members; Winmalee Captain Anthony Black; brigade member and master of ceremonies John Buchard; our Blue Mountains mayor, Mark Greenhill; Minister David Elliott; Rural Fire Service Assistant Commissioner Rob Rogers; and Rural Fire Service District Superintendent David Jones. Thank you, one and all.