Treasurer Andrew Fraser
Treasurer Andrew Fraser

Budget delivers two fire stations

TWO new fire stations are the major benefit for Ipswich residents from the 2011/2012 State budget announced today.

The stations, at Ripley and Brassall, will replace the existing Ipswich Fire and Rescue Station Premier Anna Bligh announced.

Ms Bligh said land had officially been secured to house a new and upgraded zone command centre at Ripley to provide locals with “peace-of-mind that they have access to the highest calibre of service”.

Plans for the two new stations were first announced in last year’s budget.

Ms Bligh said the station at Ripley would be backed-up by another new permanently staffed urban fire and rescue station at Brassall.

“Now that the land has been secured, as announced in the State budget, design work and development approvals are underway,” Ms Bligh said.

Ripley will have an urban and rural command, training and incident control centre; a two-bay drive-through engine room; external road crash rescue training area; and bulk storage and repair facilities.

Construction at Ripley is forecast to start by the end of the year and be completed before the end of 2012.

While builders are expected to begin work on the new Brassall site in June 2012.

“The new Ripley Fire and Rescue Station will be a state-of-the-art, permanently staffed station, operating 24/7 to be built at a total cost of $4.2 million,” Member for Ipswich Rachel Nolan said.

Member for Ipswich West Wayne Wendt said the Department of Community Safety was currently in negotiations to secure land for the additional fire service at Brassall.

But Ipswich families still reeling from January’s flood disaster will not enjoy cost of living relief from this year’s State budget.

The Queensland government said today’s budget would not be a vote winner, with disasters such as the January 12 flood that wrecked Ipswich and Brisbane hampering its ability to address living-costs for Queenslanders.

Treasurer Andrew Fraser said the budget would build for the future by making the tough calls this year.

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