Member for Baker Tony Pasin will officially open the South Australian Volunteer firefighters Museum in Naracoorte this Sunday.

The infrastructure project, which has been funded with $320,000 from the Federal Government’s Community Development Program, has constructed a museum building to house, display and preserve an extensive historical collection relating to South Australia’s volunteer fire fighters.

In September 2017 the project was awarded $18,750 through the Federal Government’s Building Better Regions Fund to develop a Strategic Business Plan, with the funding for the final building project announced by Mr Pasin in April last year.

“So many volunteers have dedicated so much time and hard work on this project,” Mr Pasin said.

“I want to acknowledge the work of all of the volunteers associated with this project but in particular the irrepressible Rex Hall who is the driving force behind this initiative,” said Mr Pasin.

“It’s been a devastating start to summer. Unprecedented bushfires across the country have, once again, put in the spotlight the importance and value of our volunteer firefighters.

“There’s never been a better time to pay tribute to our volunteer firefighters and I’m extremely proud that our Government has helped to fund the SA volunteer fire fighters museum in Naracoorte.”

“Our firefighting volunteers make up such an important part of so many regional communities across the country and South Australia has a long and proud history of volunteer firefighting,”

“It such an important project for South Australia and the South East in particular: to honour the legacy of our volunteers who often put their lives at risk to protect others. To Research, Record, Conserve and Promote the History and Equipment of the South Australian Volunteer Fire Service is a small way we can honour this legacy.”