NSW government announces $650,000 in funding for new Kayuga Fire Station, days after Labor pledge

Deputy premier John Barilaro, Upper Hunter Nationals candidate Dave Layzell and members of the Kayuga Rural Fire Brigade on Friday.
Deputy premier John Barilaro, Upper Hunter Nationals candidate Dave Layzell and members of the Kayuga Rural Fire Brigade on Friday.

THE Kayuga Rural Fire Brigade will receive a brand new fire station, after Deputy Premier and Nationals leader John Barilaro announced $650,000 in funding for the facility from the NSW government.

The news comes just days after Labor also pledged to build a new station for the rural brigade, located in between Muswellbrook and Aberdeen.

Labor's candidate for Upper Hunter Jeff Drayton lashed out at the NSW government earlier in the week, saying he was "appalled" at the facilities the brigade were operating in.

NSW Labor committed $530,000 to building a new station for the brigade on Tuesday.

He said volunteer firefighters were using a small demountable building with no toilets or water for filling the fire trucks, with trucks stored in a volunteer firefighters' shed and water supplied at the expense of members.

Mr Barilaro said on Friday the new Kayuga station will have room to store two trucks, and be decked out with modern-purpose built facilities.

He said the announcement is on top of an already "record budget for emergency services" after volunteers NSW Rural Fire Service had braved some of the worst bushfires the country has ever seen.

Nationals' candidate for Upper Hunter Dave Layzell said he recently received a letter from the Kayuga brigade captain and senior deputy captain seeking help to upgrade their facilities.

"Considering their current 'station' is an open shed on private property, maintained at the cost of the landholder since 1995, it is about time they get an upgrade," Mr Layzell said.

Kayuga Rural Fire Brigade Senior Deputy Captain Jayden Hollis said earlier in the week it had been a long-term goal of their to secure their own station.