There was great news for Tallong when the use of money from the Local Roads and Community Infrastructure Fund to upgrade the public toilets was approved by Goulburn Mulwaree Council.
These are sorely needed replacements for the existing long-drop toilets in the park.
The project must be completed by June 30, 2021 and hopefully in time for next year's Tallong Apple Day.
Tallong rural fire brigade
The AGM for Tallong RFS took place on Tuesday, July 28.
President Alan Weston, in his report, thanked Michael Trevisiol (past fire captain) whose business commitments forced his retirement from his RFS role in January and also Jen McNult, acting fire captain, who took over Michael's role just in time to cope with the end of the fire season as well the following floods and all the difficulties imposed by the restrictions due to COVID-19.
Elections were held for all positions and the results are as follows for 2020/21:
Captain - Jack Watling
Snr deputy captain - Troy Brown
Deputy captain one - John Luke
Deputy captain two - Jeremy Porter
Permit issuing officers - Jack Watling and Troy Brown
First aid officers - Janice Harmond and Trish Jensen
President - Alan Weston
Vice president - Lorraine Herring
Secretary - Mark Derwent
Treasurer - Cheryl Weston
Training officers - Jack Watling and Troy Brown
Maintenance officer - Peter Harmond
Catering officer - Kerry Lawrence
Community engagement officers - Kerry Lawrence and Janice Harmond
Media officer - Kerry Lawrence
A "Get Ready" day will be held on Saturday, September 19 from 10am to 2pm at the Tallong fire shed to provide information to help residents prepare for the coming fire season.
Tallong Fire Brigade history
In March 1933, Wingecarribee Shire Council received an application from Tallong to officially organise a bush fire brigade, which it agreed to.
By 1936, the Tallong Bush Fire Brigade had a captain and 15 members though, in practice, all local men fought fires when needed, using privately owned equipment.
Problems with the distribution of equipment paid for by the Bush Fires Advisory Committee occurred during the '40s with a number of delegations sent to council querying the whereabouts of promised items like knapsacks, beaters, rakes, water bottles and first aid kits.
These items were often found after a search in the council's stores.
In 1945, Tallong was promised a pump and tank to use with a privately owned truck, and council was working with the railway department to place a hydrant at their reservoir to allow the brigade water access.
After the transfer of Tallong to Mulwaree Shire in 1954, that Shire took over equipping the brigade, with a huge boost after the 1965 Chatsbury fire.
In 1974, Tallong acquired its first fire shed and its first official fire truck.
This was replaced in 1991 with a new truck called "Bill's Pride", named after long serving fire captain Bill Charles.
The original fire shed was replaced in 1999.
Under the 1997 Rural Fires Act, the NSW RFS took over responsibility for local brigades from councils.
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