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New site for Eltham fire station
The site for a new fire station in Eltham has been announced by the Minister for Police and Emergency Services – Peter Ryan.
The block of land which is located in Brougham Street has been chosen as a suitable location for the brigades current and future service delivery needs to the local community.
The $9.6 million land and planned fire station package for Eltham is funded under CFA’s Project 2016 and is one of the key metropolitan and regional fire brigades under the Projects infrastructure program.
Mr Ryan said a new Eltham fire station was a priority due to the growing population, and will provide the best facilities for the brigade’s 50 dedicated volunteers and career firefighters. “The cutting-edge station will house a four-bay drive-through motor room for the brigade’s significant firefighting resources, accommodation for up to six staff per shift, meeting and training areas, a training day yard, and space for storage, staff amenities and support staff.”
The new station is needed to create space for accommodation, new pumpers and firefighting appliances. The next stage in the project is to commence the planning and design process in consultation with Nillumbik Shire Council and local community groups.
Finding a suitable site for the new Eltham Fire Station has included close consultation with Council and local community groups.
The new station will provide better working conditions for brigade members and will meet CFA’s OH&S standards. The site also provides direct access to Main Road.
CFA’s Northern and Western Regional Director, Greg Esnouf says the location of the site for a new fire station at Eltham has been a long-awaited announcement. “It was important to find a site that would suit the needs of the brigade and community now and into the future.”
“It’s been a challenging process to find a suitable piece of land but we are pleased that this project can now move forward,” says Mr Esnouf. “I would like to thank Nillumbik Shire Council, the Eltham Fire Brigade and the community for their patience. We look forward to work getting underway and working with the council and community on its development.”
Project 2016 was established in early 2011 and builds on CFA’s service delivery capacity which is needed to match the rapid developing growth corridors of outer Melbourne and regional Victoria.
A government funded multi-year program, Project 2016 contributes to increasing CFA’s service delivery capability by creating an additional 342 CFA career firefighter and officer positions, plus the construction or modification of 10 fire stations. All these stations are either existing or planned integrated fire stations.