New fire station on track
SERVICE BUILDING SET FOR MAY COMPLETION
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Insp Taylor said the new stations were being built to replace outdated facilities, spread out resources and improve response times for a growing population.
Inspector Dave Taylor at the site of the new Ropes Crossing fire station.