Farm owner rescues firies

THE OWNERS of Lennox Head's Henderson Farm have come to the rescue of the Lennox Head Fire Brigade, donating land for the brigade's new headquarters.

The donation of the 2100sq m tract of land which abuts the Coast Road on the western side between Byron St and Greenfield Rd, comes after a five-year search for a suitable new home.

Brigade Captain Ray Wilton said the donation of the land was unbelievable.

"I can't believe this happening for us; they're awesome," he said.

"There is something really special when somebody in the community can see a need, they are aware of our plight.

"I can't tell you how grateful we are that they have thought of us in this way."

Henderson Farm, which is being rezoned for residential development, was purchased by Ballina Council from local figure Ted Henderson.

Council then sold the 74ha farm to Lennox Developments Pty Ltd in 2002.

Lennox Developments general manager Terry Martin said they knew of the brigade's need for land and thought they owned a site that could potentially be perfect, subject to council's approval.

"The fire brigade does an incredible job; they are integral to the town," he said.

"They were the first there when the tornado struck; they are always there."

A development application will be lodged with Ballina Shire Council for relocation of the fire brigade after the rezoning is approved.

"We know this won't happen overnight, but we hope to be settled in and operating from our permanent home within two years," Mr Wilton said.

"And Ballina Council have picked up the spirit of what we are trying to achieve and have been really solid gold."

Anyone 16 and over who would like to volunteer with Lennox Heads Fire Brigade can call Mr Wilton on 6686 1906.

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