Gracemere To Receive Funding For New Fire And Rescue Station

Gracemere To Receive Funding For New Fire And Rescue Station

Queensland Fire and Emergency Services Minister Craig Crawford

Replacement Fire And Rescue Station Recognises Increasing Demand In Gracemere

Victor P Taffa

Gracemere will receive funding for a state-of-the-art Fire and Rescue station in next week’s 2018-19 State Budget, with the Palaszczuk Government recognising Central Queensland’s increasing demand for services.

Fire and Emergency Services Minister Craig Crawford said today (Wednesday) the $2.1 Million commitment would deliver enhanced services to the region by replacing Gracemere’s aging facility.

“Palaszczuk Government is committed to ensuring Queensland Fire and Emergency Services (QFES) personnel have the appropriate facilities and equipment to continue responding to emergencies confidently and safely.” Minister Crawford said.

“Building modern facilities means the community can feel at ease knowing our fire and emergency services are properly equipped and ready to respond at a moment’s notice.”

Member for Rockhampton Barry O’Rourke said the new station would assist the critical work of first responders, ensuring they have both the capacity and capability to support Gracemere’s current population and further expected growth.

Mr. O’Rourke said the current station crew had already responded to more than 90 incidents in the 2017-18 year. He said these numbers were in addition to support the station crew provided to emergencies in neighbouring communities.

“Number of incidents firefighters attend is steadily rising, so it’s imperative we plan for population growth in rural Queensland.” Mr. O’Rourke said.

“New Fire and Rescue station will be a great asset to the Gracemere community and will only improve the capability of firefighters in the region. The 2018-19 budget ensures QFES is properly equipped to continue protecting lives and properties throughout the state.”

QFES Commissioner Katarina Carroll said the replacement of the Gracemere Fire and Rescue Station was vital due to the growing needs of the local community.

“Rockhampton region is growing, and it is important QFES grows with it.” Commissioner Carroll said.

“A new state-of-the-art facility in Gracemere will allow QFES to further enhance our operational response and meet the communities needs well into the future.”

Budget will also include $800,000 in 2018-19 to complete the upgrade of the Rockhampton Fire and Rescue Station and Communications Centre. The project is scheduled for completion in 2018-2019.