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Works start on Warrnambool station
Victorian Government Media Release
Premier and Member for South West Coast Denis Napthine turned the first sod at the site of a new $7.7 million fire station in Warrnambool.
Dr Napthine said the new fire station on Mortlake Road, at the site of the former Action Fitness Centre, would strengthen the brigade’s capacity to respond efficiently and effectively to incidents in the growing North Warrnambool area and the wider community.
“The new integrated station will support the brigade’s career and volunteer firefighters in their vital role protecting the local community,” Dr Napthine said.
“In recent years, the brigade has become increasingly busy and outgrown its current site on Raglan Parade, which has been home to the brigade for 25 years.
“Warrnambool Fire Brigade responds to about 600 call-outs each year, and protects one of Victoria’s fastest-growing regional towns and a community of more than 35,000 residents.
“The location in the fast growing North Warrnambool area will provide better coverage to north of Warrnambool, while continuing to provide the best service for Warrnambool and surrounding districts.
“The north of Warrnambool has been identified as a growth area that will be developed to meet the city’s housing needs over the next 15 years, meaning this is an ideal location for new fire station which will serve the community for decades to come,” he said.
Dr Napthine said Warrnambool Fire Brigade had been protecting the local community for more than 150 years and the new station was an important new chapter in a proud tradition of service to the community.
The new station will include four motor bays, together with improved facilities for career and volunteer fire fighters. This is also provision for further expansion in the future.
“Victoria’s firefighters deserve to have the best tools available, and this new station will support the brigade in their vital work of protecting the community,” Dr Napthine said.
Construction of the station is expected to begin later this year with work anticipated to be completed by April 2015.
“Local brigades such as Warrnambool CFA are the backbone of Victoria’s emergency service response,” Dr Napthine said.