One of regional NSW’s biggest fire stations is expected to be handed over to Tamworth NSW Fire & Rescue on July 1, with the $5.38 million project charging ahead.
Member for Tamworth Kevin Anderson said construction workers were pouring the floor for the crew quarters on Tuesday morning with the project well within its forecast for handover in less than six months.
“This is fantastic news for Tamworth’s fire fighters, soon they will have a brand-new, state-of-the-art fire station to work from,” Mr Anderson said.
“It’s a project that’s been a long time in the making so to see it rise out of the ground is very exciting, not only for the staff of Fire & Rescue NSW, but also for the community of Tamworth.
“We know the design of the station is to reduce the times of an emergency, so when someone rings triple-zero it is all about those response times.
“This side of Tamworth, over the years has been always changing, forever amazing. Because every day you drive around here there is always something happening.
“We have a new clinic next door, numerous houses, brand new sporting facilities like the cycling velodrome and athletics track. A massive, multi-million dollar investment in the hockey centre that will make it one of the top six in the country and more work being carried out on the Equine Centre.
“It’s something that we need to be mindful of, wherever there is population growth is we need to provide the services. That’s why we’re upgrading the roads, schools, the hospital and our fire services.”
NSW Fire & Rescue Acting Chief Superintendent Tom Cooper said once completed, the new station will be one of the largest in NSW.
“We’ve designed it this way so we can grow into it. There is a growing demand for resources in regional NSW, in particular to house a larger Hazmat vehicle as well as foam appliances that will help us to service the airport,” Acting Chief Supt Cooper said.
“It will also be a base for regional parts of the state and a headquarters for the New England North West.”