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GrainCorp donates water tank to Moorilim Fire Bridgade

By Myles Peterson

Firefighting has been made a little easier at Murchison East, thanks to the donation of a water tank.

The 46800 litre tank adds badly-needed capacity for Moorilim Fire Brigade, according to the CFA.

Moorilim captain Andrew Brown said the 2018-19 fire season was looking bad with the predictions for a hotter-than-average summer and lack of rainfall.

‘‘It was definitely a welcomed surprise,’’ he said of the donation.

‘‘The water supply is at quite a low pressure at Murchison East, so that tank will greatly improve our firefighting capabilities.’’

Most of the $13545 needed came from the GrainCorp community fund program.

The tank will be on GrainCorp’s Murchison East site and has a 100mm delivery pipe for a quick refill.

CFA District 22 operations manager Travis Harris said the donation was timely.

‘‘Water is an issue this season in particular. It’s also an issue in Moorilim, with the seasonal factors making it worse,’’ he said.

‘‘It makes life much more challenging for our members. They have to potentially travel further to find water.’’

The Bureau of Meteorology released predictions this week of a hotter summer for the region, however it might not be drier.

‘‘Eastern and central NSW, as well as eastern Victoria, are likely to be wetter than average,’’ the bureau said in a statement on Wednesday.

The conditions come from an El Niño weather system, which outlooks suggested would dominate the Pacific Ocean in summer.