See below Lane Cove’s council’s latest update on the 50m pool update and water transport to Armidale:
“225,000 litres of water has 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.”