The Coffs Coast Advocate

Urunga brigade in action . . . just

TREVOR Hayne says repairs to Urunga's flood-damaged fire brigade office are in limbo this week as builders and insurance assessors negotiate over costs.

Speaking from the demountable shed/office, which now sits on the lawn in front of the old space, the brigade captain said before Easter things had been 'go, go, go' but cost blow-outs had slowed the process down.

“At least now we have communication equipment,” Mr Haynes said.

“We lost everything except the computers, which we managed to save - we're operating as normally as possible.

“The service is 100 per cent - it's the administrative side that's lacking.”

Over 1.2 metres of water rushed through the centrally-located red-brick building on April 1.

The same water also devastated the town's CWA Rooms, the bowling club and saw hundreds of residents evacuated.

Many remain homeless.

Mr Haynes said the brigade truck had been moved to the Rural Fire Service shed for a couple of days while the garage was cleaned out.

“It was all good by Friday.

“But we didn't have any pagers for over a week.”

He said he wasn't expecting any major changes to occur with the renovations, although he was hopeful 'to re-design the office a bit to better suit our needs'.



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