$2.8 million station to protect Wonthaggi
WITH plans signed and sealed, all that’s left is for Wonthaggi’s new $2.8 million fire station to be delivered.
The CFA announced this week it is in the final planning stages for the station, while a sign recognising the development has been erected at the White Road site.
Construction is planned to begin in February next year, with the CFA anticipating a seven to eight month build.
The Bass Coast Shire Council has played a major role in the plans, vacating use of the 1.36 acre site for ownership of the brigade’s current Watt Street location.
Brigade captain Kim O’Connor said the announcement was a big step forward in the development.
“The partnership between Bass Coast Shire Council and Wonthaggi Fire Brigade has been formalized and the planning approval has been signed off by the shire for the construction of the new Wonthaggi Fire Station,” he said, adding the volunteers had been long awaiting a new station.
“I’m excited…we’re all excited. It’s a great step forward for Wonthaggi Fire Brigade.”
The new station will be a significant change for the brigade, featuring four engine bays, an operations office, a meeting room and storeroom.
The building will also incorporate a group office facility.
“It’s a massive improvement as far as infrastructure; currently our fire station is very old and very outdated, too small for the larger vehicles being placed into fire stations today,” he said.
“All CFA vehicles are becoming bigger, and therefore the current station is very restrictive in what vehicles can fit into it.”
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