225,000 litres of water have made a
splash in drought-stricken Armidale! Trucks carrying the water arrived in
Armidale on Wednesday 18 December with more trucks travelling north on Thursday 19 December delivering another
225,000 litres. The water has already been deposited into a water tank and a
dam at Armidale Airport used by the Rural Fire Service (RFS) for RFS
helicopters and firefighting efforts across Northern NSW from the Queensland
border to Tamworth.
A GoFundMe page has been established to raise money to transport the water from Lane Cove to
Armidale. Council will cover the costs of transporting the water to Blackman
Park, Burns Bay Reserve and other ovals in the municipality. A total of 48,000
litres were transported to Blackman Park and 32,000 litres were transported to
Burns Bay Reserve on 18 December.
Mayor of Armidale Regional Council, Simon Murray, thanked Council and the Lane
Cove community for the water. "I wanted to thank you personally for
thinking of us and choosing to donate the pool water to our Council and kicking
off the donation drive to make it happen. Our Rural Fire Service’s capability
to provide air support from the QLD border to Tamworth from our airport
is extremely important during fire seasons. We still have 17 fires burning
on our shire boundaries and 2 within our shire. Please also extend our thanks
to your Council and community."
Council is currently in the deep-end of construction of a new outdoor
pool, and as part of the site safety testing, the pool was required to be
filled with water and emptied. Instead of disposing of the water down the
drain, Council dived right in to arrange for the water to be accepted by
organisations in Armidale, NSW.
More than $45,000 has been raised so far to fund the transport of the water to Armidale, NSW.
Make a donation.
Mayor of Lane Cove, Clr Pam Palmer, and Federal Member for North Sydney, Trent Zimmerman, at Lane Cove's new 50m outdoor pool currently under construction.
Mayor of Lane Cove, Clr Pam Palmer, with the trucks before they left for Armidale.
225,000 litres of water from Lane Cove arrives in Armidale, NSW
Above: Water from Lane Cove is going into a dam used by the Rural Fire Service for RFS helicopters and firefighting efforts across Northern NSW from the Queensland border to Tamworth.
Above: Water from Lane Cove fills the Rural Fire Service's water tanks at Armidale Airport. The water will be used for firefighting across Northern NSW from the Queensland border to Tamworth.