Disas­ter HQ to be built

Townsville Bulletin - - NEWS -

A NEW lo­cal disas­ter man­age­ment head­quar­ters will be built as part of Townsville City Coun­cil’s 2017- 18 Bud­get fo­cus on com­mu­nity safety.

The coun­cil has al­lo­cated $ 6.8 mil­lion for construction at its Dal­rym­ple Rd de­pot, with works to be­gin by the end of next month.

The new fa­cil­ity will also house the North Queens­land Re­gional Data Cen­tre.

Lo­cal firm Jack­son Sem­ler has been awarded the ten­der to con­struct the fa­cil­ity, which will re­place the ex­ist­ing cen­tre at the Bam­ford Lane de­pot.

Mayor Jenny Hill said up to 100 jobs would be sup­ported.

“I said back in March last year that the construction of the co­or­di­na­tion cen­tre would sup­port lo­cal jobs and I am happy to say that is ex­actly what is hap­pen­ing,” Cr Hill said.

“This cen­tre will be able to with­stand the full force of a Cat­e­gory 5 cy­clone and that will al­low the Lo­cal Disas­ter Man­age­ment Group to co­or­di­nate emer­gency re­sponses.”

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