Margaret River's new fire station hot topic on campaign trail

Talk of town: Leith Jones and Jess Bushby of the Margaret River Volunteer Fire and Rescue Service chat with Liberal candidate Ross Woodhouse on Sunday. Photo: Supplied.
Talk of town: Leith Jones and Jess Bushby of the Margaret River Volunteer Fire and Rescue Service chat with Liberal candidate Ross Woodhouse on Sunday. Photo: Supplied.

Liberal candidate for Warren-Blackwood Ross Woodhouse was in town on Sunday to talk to locals about issues affecting the region, in the lead up to the March State election. 

The Karridale dairy farmer was keen to discuss the recent promise of a Rural Fire Service made by Premier Colin Barnett and welcomed members of the local Volunteer Fire and Rescue Service, who stressed the need for a new station in the area. 

After hearing of the new fire truck headed for town which will not fit through the doors of the existing station, Mr Woodhouse agreed the establishment of a new fire station was key to the region’s safety.

“A new fire station for Margaret River is a very high priority of mine,” he said. “It is a pity this wasn’t done when the Woolworths development proceeded but it is needed now more than ever.

“I have contacted the Minister for Emergency Services today to express my thoughts and, if elected, will advocate strongly for funding for a new station to be built at the site near the SES centre as soon as possible.”