Build­ing to have a com­mu­nity fo­cus

Bayside and Northern Suburbs Star - - NEWS - Michelle Smith

SANDGATE Fire and Res­cue Sta­tion will have a new com­mu­nity pur­pose when fire­fight­ers va­cate the build­ing for new premises in Bracken Ridge in 2020.

Mem­ber for Sandgate Stir­ling Hinch­liffe said the brick build­ing in Brighton Road, which opened on Au­gust 28, 1970, would re­main as a com­mu­nity as­set, with a closed ten­der process (ten­der by in­vi­ta­tion) to de­ter­mine its new ten­ant.

“I pushed for and got a com­mit­ment from the Min­is­ter and the

Queens­land Fire and Emer­gency Ser­vices to not sell the cur­rent site to the high­est bid­der,” he said.

“The Sandgate sta­tion has served the com­mu­nity for many years and will re­main a com­mu­nity as­set.”

Mr Hinch­liffe said the final de­tails of the ten­der process hadn’t been de­ter­mined.

“The first stage is a con­sul­ta­tion with in­ter­ested groups,” he said.

“What I want to hear is what their in­ter­est in the build­ing is, and what cri­te­ria should be part of the process.

“I’d also like to hear from mem­bers of the public on what should and shouldn’t be per­mit­ted in the build­ing.

“The build­ing will be granted by gov­ern­ment to the com­mu­nity or­gan­i­sa­tion so it needs to be an or­gan­i­sa­tion with the abil­ity to take on prop­erty and main­tain it for years to come.

“Any re­fur­bish­ment of the Sandgate sta­tion would be the re­spon­si­bil­ity of the suc­cess­ful ten­der or­gan­i­sa­tion.”

Mr Hinch­liffe said he was hope­ful the ten­der process would start this fi­nan­cial year.

He said while he was ex­cited about the de­vel­op­ment of the new sta­tion in Bracken Ridge, “the cherry on the top is that the sta­tion that’s been here (in Sandgate) for nearly 50 years will con­tinue to serve the com­mu­nity in some form. I will work with the com­mu­nity to get the right out­come.”

For more in­for­ma­tion on the closed ten­der process con­tact the Sandgate Elec­torate Of­fice on

3639 9100 or email sandgate@par­lia­ment.qld.gov.au.

The Sandgate sta­tion has served the com­mu­nity for many years and will re­main a com­mu­nity as­set.

— Stir­ling Hinch­liffe

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