Tailem CFS gets gift from council

Done deal: Coorong Mayor Neville Jaensch and Tailem Bend CFS Captain Michael McEntee stand on the vacant block and make a deal to gift the Crown Land.
Done deal: Coorong Mayor Neville Jaensch and Tailem Bend CFS Captain Michael McEntee stand on the vacant block and make a deal to gift the Crown Land.

The Tailem Bend Country Fire Service (CFS) was given an early Christmas present last year.

In December, they received news that the Coorong council would redirect a small section of land, on the corner of Golf Course Road and Parklands Terrace, to the Emergency Services Minister to build a new CFS station in the town.

Since then, conversations around plans have sparked.

CFS region three commander Richard Coombe said nothing had been locked in yet, but the gifting of land was the first step of the multiple-year project.

“The CFS is currently working with the Coorong District Council to secure a site for a new Tailem Bend CFS Station that will meet all operational and administrative needs for the brigade,” he said.

“Funding (for a station) will be approved following CFS obtaining positive test results of the suitability of the site, along consultation with the aim construct the new station by mid-2018.”

The Tailem Bend brigade, which consists of two fire trucks and a road crash rescue unit, outgrew its current shed on Railway Terrace when they obtained their third vehicle a while back.

Captain Michael McEntee said they have had to borrow shed space since then, as they had no where to safely house the vehicle.

“The rescue unit resides at the SAAS (South Australia Ambulance Service) station at the moment because they have a spare bay for it, and before that it was at a backyard because we just don’t have enough room,” he said.

“The trucks only just fit in the station now … our new truck is a quarter of the size bigger again.”

Mr McEntee said the new site was perfect to house a three-bay shed, communal block, kitchen, showers and toilets and provided convenient access to arterial roads. 

“This has been a site we’ve looked at for a while,” he said.

“We are close to all the major highways and close to the centre of town.”

Coorong Mayor Neville Jaensch said the council was happy to be able to support the CFS and play a small part in the big picture.

“Council is delighted and is always willing and happy to support our CFS,” he said.

“We have a particularly good relationship with the CFS and we look forward to continuing that. 

“We are part of the same beast, we both serve the community and that’s what it’s about.”

The section of land, adjacent to the town’s golf course, currently stands as a vacant block which has been voluntarily maintained by the golf club. 

But Mayor Jaensch said he remembers it in it’s hey day.

“It used to be a soccer ground; it was used all the time when I was a kid,” he said. “All the service are pretty well spot on, with power and water, and there is unlimited scope to grow here.”

The council will not incur cost implications for the redirecting of land.