ANDERSON STRIKES WHILE THE ENGINES ARE HOT
Member for Tamworth Kevin Anderson has started the push for a new Fire Station to be built in Tamworth following last week’s announcement that the city will receive 10 new permanent firefighters which will enable 24 hour permanent staffing.
Mr Anderson said the time is right to start planning for a new fire station which will be able to accommodate the 24 hour staffing on a permanent basis.
“Building a new Fire Station takes a lot of work which is why I will be asking Emergency Services Minister Troy Grant to work with the NSW Fire Service to start planning work now so that the project might be ready in the next few years.
“The current plans to do some renovation works on the existing Carthage Street Fire Station are important so that we can accommodate 24 hour staffing by the end of 2017, however I want to ensure that we are continuing to plan for our future needs.
“I know that it will take some time to get things moving however I would like to see money allocated to planning works or even land acquisition so that we can get the ball rolling on this extremely important project.”
Mr Anderson said the station could be similar to new stations that have been built at Port Macquarie or Coffs Harbour, which also accommodate 24 hour staffing.
“We have now achieved 24 hour staffing which puts Tamworth in line with cities of similar size and now I want to ensure that our facilities are equal to or better than those cities.
“Tamworth continues to grow which is why we need to secure further investment for our local facilities and services to support that growth.”
Mr Anderson said he will seek a meeting with Minister Grant to put forward the case for a new fire station.