SENIOR personnel of the district Rural Fire Service turned out in force at this week’s meeting of Lithgow Council in a show of appreciation for the assistance Cr Neville Castle has given to the bushfire brigades over his years as mayor.
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Cr Castle’s final meeting of council will be on September 3, just five days before the local government elections.

The RFS delegation was led by Superintendent Tom Shirt (Team Manager for Lithgow-Chifley RFS) who said the local brigades had expressed the wish to thank Cr Castle for his support prior to his retirement.

“Over his years on council he has always been very supportive of the volunteers,” Supt Shirt said.

Deputy Group Officer Charles Johnston said Cr Castle’s efforts had led to a high level of cooperation between council and the brigades.

He referred to the mayor’s term as chairman of the District Bushfire Management Committee.

“This has contributed to a cohesive firefighting force in the Lithgow area,” he said.

No doubt tongue in cheek he suggested to the mayor that after his retirement he may wish to consider joining a brigade.

“Portland runs a two and half day beginners course,” he said.

The brigade members presented Cr Castle with a thank you plaque.

THANK YOU: At this week’s meeting of council, Superintendent Greg Wardle (District Manager Lithgow), Supt Tom Shirt, Mayor Neville castle, Deputy Group Officer Charles Johnson, Group Officer David Peters, Group Officer Laurence Wardman and Group Officer Brendan Connelly. lm081412LARFS

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