The Tarnagulla community is very excited about the recent installation of solar power system and battery storage at its local fire station thanks to a $10,000 grant from the Foundation for Regional and Rural Renewal fund, a $5,000 MASH Community Bonus, and local community fund-raising. Captain George Filev notes that Tarnagulla is in a high risk fire zone, the threat of which will only increase with the onset of climate change. The Tarnagulla community is keen to rise to the challenge and put measures in place to increase its capacity to adapt and provide resilience during emergency events should the electricity grid go down.
“For [these] reasons it was decided to install a solar and battery backup system to support the Tarnagulla Brigade to function during major power disruptions. This will offer the town residents a source of renewable power to charge communication devices and … provide a place of connection during extended heat waves and emergency events.” (Quote from Captain George Filev, Fire Wise, June 2022, p.4 https://fire-wise.com.au)