Designs For New Fire Stations In Mackay And Proserpine Underway

Designs For New Fire Stations In Mackay And Proserpine Underway

Queensland Minister for Fire and Emergency Services Bill Byrne

Projects To Build New Fire Stations In Mackay And Proserpine Underway

Victor P Taffa

Planning has begun on 2 new Queensland Fire and Emergency Services (QFES) fire stations to be built in Mackay and Proserpine, boosting QFES’ delivery of critical fire and rescue services to local communities.

In the 2016-17 Budget, the Palaszczuk Government announced funding of $7.5 Million to construct a replacement Fire and Rescue Station in Mackay City, as well as a further $2.4 Million to replace Proserpine’s aging station.

Both projects are to be funded under the Significant Regional Infrastructure Projects Program through the Department of Infrastructure, Local Government and Planning.

Fire and Emergency Services Minister Bill Byrne said the new stations would better meet QFES’ growing operational requirements in these areas.

“The existing stations in these locations have served their communities well for decades but have been outgrown by their crews and the community.” Minister Byrne said.

“These two replacement facilities will allow firefighters to get on with the job of providing lifesaving services to the people living in and around Mackay and Proserpine.”

“This significant investment by the Queensland Government demonstrates a commitment to regional Queensland and the safety and security of people who live here.” Minister Byrne said.

QFES Mackay and Whitsunday Zone Commander Steve De Pinto said the new fire stations would be well received by firefighters and the community.

“The replacement facilities in Mackay City and Proserpine will provide firefighters at both locations with a modern and functional base from which they can continue to deliver the high standard of service their communities rely on.” Commander De Pinto said.

“Sites for the new stations have been carefully selected away from the busy centres of town, giving firefighters better access and more space for training and equipment storage.”

“The new Mackay City Fire and Rescue Station will also house state-of-the-art facilities for servicing breathing apparatus and safety equipment for the 16 fire stations that sit within the Mackay and Whitsunday Zone.”

“These replacement stations will not only accommodate current service delivery requirements but have been designed to anticipate future growth for many years to come.” Commander De Pinto said.

The design stage of both projects is well underway, with tenders for construction expected to be called in early December 2016 and construction work to begin early 2017.