TWO new fire stations will open in Ipswich by 2012 at a cost of more than $6.5 million.
Part of yesterday's state budget announcement, the stations at Brassall and Ripley will replace the existing station on Limestone Street.
The budget included $800,000 towards the development of the stations, with sites to be finalised in coming weeks.
State Member for Ipswich Rachel Nolan told The Queensland Times the ageing station in the Ipswich CBD was opened in September 1967.
“The existing Ipswich station is old and isn't in a great location given the way the city is growing at such a rapid rate,” she said.
“The new stations at Ripley and Brassall will create better working facilities for our firefighters and quicker response times for the Ipswich region.
“The plan is to have the stations up and running by 2012.”
Ms Nolan said the government's controversial asset sales had paved the way for a $17 billion infrastructure spend.
“We made some really tough decisions when it came to (asset sales), and people will start to see the real benefits with this budget,” she said.
“This budget is a commitment to Ipswich.”
Other state budget highlights for the Ipswich region include:
$646 million to fast-track the development of the Springfield rail line.
$27.22 million for the new Springfield State High School.
$14.21 million for the new Springfield Central State School.
$6.1 million to start work on the Ipswich Hospital extension.
$47.7 million to continue work on the new Bremer State High School next to The University of Queensland Ipswich campus.
$6 million for the redevelopment of The Bremer Institute of TAFE.
$1.5 million to upgrade Goodna police station.
$42,630 for Home and Community Care funding to Woogaroo and District Meals on Wheels.
$16 million towards the replacement of Swanbank A substation.
$215,000 for the first stage of a multi-purpose hall at Ipswich East State School.
$7.11 million for the construction of 44 public housing units in Booval.
$2 million for housing support services.
$1.11 million to Churches of Christ to provide a Foster and Kinship Care service for 181 children and young people.
$270,000 towards the upgrade of the River Road and Aberdare Street intersection at Dinmore.
$997,519 for new classrooms at Goodna Special School.
$205,797 to support school leavers with a disability.
$358,011 towards a crisis supported accommodation service for Aboriginal and Torres Straight Islander men.
$2.1 million to complete the construction of 14, two-bedroom apartments in Goodna.
$16,000 for the installation of eight fitness stations at Limestone Park.
$92,000 to help Ipswich Turf Club maintain training facilities.
$633,300 for Lifeline Community Care Ipswich to provide residential care.
$1.4 million for Life Without Barriers to provide a specialist foster care service.
$10,200 for maintenance work at Silkstone State School.
$4.1 million to increase electricity network capacity across Ipswich.
$829,000 towards the new Springfield ambulance station.