The Queensland State Government has announced that construction has begun on the new fire station headquarters in Toowoomba.
The Queensland Fire and Emergency Services (QFES) precinct at Charlton Fire and Rescue Station and regional headquarters is being given a $16.9 million dollar upgrade.
Craig Crawford, Fire and Emergency Services Minister outlined that the new facility near the airport on Steger Road, would create more than jobs for the region.
“The State Government is starting to deliver Queensland’s plan to Unite and Recover for Queensland” and is “A key part of that is supporting tradition industries like infrastructure”. “Infrastructure like this fire station has delivered jobs for Queenslanders and we have a $50 billion infrastructure guarantee to deliver even more infrastructure”. “This will be a huge boost not only for the region’s emergency services, but also for the community”.
“It is wonderful we are able create jobs at a local level whilst building a world-class facility to house the region’s first responders for years to come”. “Having the regional headquarters and Fire and Rescue Station under the same roof will enhance the region’s emergency response while also meeting the future needs of the community. It means our local crews will be able to keep up with the growing demands of the job,” Mr Crawford said.
Personnel from the Fire and Rescue Service (FRS), Rural Fire Service (RFS) and State Emergency Service (SES) will accommodated in the regional headquarters and the final design of the new facility would ensure it benefited all three services.
“QFES takes a wholistic approach when responding to disasters such as bushfires, floods and other critical incidents, so it is important for all of our services to be united in their response,” .
“The new facility is in an ideal location, close to the centre of town and at the junction of major roads and highways which will allow crews to respond rapidly to all types of incidents across the area”.
“South west Queensland was no stranger to natural disasters. The region was heavily affected last bushfire season, particularly in Stanthorpe, Millmerran, Pechey and Swanfels. Earlier this year there was significant flooding in Jandowae and more recently St George.
“The Charlton-based regional headquarters will service the entire South West Region from Toowoomba to the South Australia and New South Wales borders,” Mr Crawford said.
Michael McNab, Managing Director of McNab outlined that his company was excited to be involved in this project, that would be a major boost to the local economy.
“We expect to have around 80 staff and subcontractors onsite at peak times, with up to 300 people working on the project over the next six months,”
“The vast majority of these workers will be local to Toowoomba and the Darling Downs, so this project will create an impressive injection into the local economy and construction industry.
“We have great talent here locally, and have enjoyed developing excellent partnerships with the best in the business since we opened our doors in Toowoomba 25 years ago,” Mr McNab said.
Construction is scheduled to be finished by the end of the year.
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