New fire sta­tion on track

SER­VICE BUILD­ING SET FOR MAY COM­PLE­TION

Mt Druitt - St Mary's Standard (East) - - NEWS - Ali­son Bald­ing

CON­STRUC­TION of the mul­ti­mil­lion-dol­lar Ropes Cross­ing fire sta­tion at Tregear is well un­der way and on track for com­ple­tion in May.

Fire and Res­cue NSW act­ing su­per­in­ten­dent In­spec­tor Dave Tay­lor said pro­vided there were no other de­lays, crews should be able to move in soon af­ter.

“It will of course de­pend on whether we get any­more wet weather, but for now the pro­jected date for build­ing to be com­pleted is May,” Insp Tay­lor said.

Once com­pleted, he said some mi­nor work to fit out the sta­tion with the nec­es­sary equip­ment and alarms would be fi­nalised be­fore crews were trans­ferred from their tem­po­rary base at St Marys.

The $3.8 mil­lion sta­tion, on Ellsworth Drive, was sched­uled to start last Fe­bru­ary but was stalled when res­i­dents raised con­cerns, which in­cluded the need for trees to be re­moved.

Plans were re­con­fig­ured to re­quire only one eu­ca­lyp­tus tree, which was seen as hav­ing hol­lows valu­able to na­tive fauna but was in a dan­ger­ous con­di­tion.

In June, the Syd­ney West Joint Re­gional Plan­ning Panel made the de­ci­sion to ap­prove re­moval of the 150year-old tree, against the wishes of Black­town coun­cil­lors but in favour of rec­om­men­da­tions by the coun­cil’s own plan­ning staff.

While the tree was re­moved, in ac­cor­dance with the panel’s rul­ing, the hol- lows of the tree have been pre­served on the site.

“It’s the first time I’ve seen that (the pre­served hol­lows) and I think it’s been quite well done,” Insp Tay­lor said.

Plans are also un­der way for a new Mt Druitt fire sta­tion to be built on Rail­way St, along­side Mt Druitt Hos­pi­tal.

Insp Tay­lor said the new sta­tions were be­ing built to re­place out­dated fa­cil­i­ties, spread out re­sources and im­prove re­sponse times for a grow­ing pop­u­la­tion.

Pic­ture: MATT SUL­LI­VAN

In­spec­tor Dave Tay­lor at the site of the new Ropes Cross­ing fire sta­tion.

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