Otago Daily Times

No de­ci­sion yet on fu­ture of Dunedin Cen­tral fire sta­tion

- DAISY HUD­SON daisy.hud­son@odt.co.nz Business · Dunedin · New Zealand

MORE than a year af­ter a re­view into Dunedin’s his­toric fire sta­tion was an­nounced, a de­ci­sion is yet to be made about its fu­ture.

Fire and Emer­gency New Zealand an­nounced in Septem­ber last year that it was re­view­ing the in­ner city Cas­tle St site, and its long­term suit­abil­ity, due to changes in the sur­round­ing area to make way for the new Dunedin Hos­pi­tal build.

At the time, the or­gan­i­sa­tion said the re­view was an on­go­ing process, with­out a spe­cific time­line.

The build­ing, built in 1930 and oc­cu­pied in 1931, has a Her­itage NZ list­ing as a cat­e­gory 2 his­toric place.

This week re­gional manager Mike Grant said Fenz re­mained com­mit­ted to op­er­at­ing from the site in the short to medium term.

The or­gan­i­sa­tion reg­u­larly re­viewed its op­er­a­tional fa­cil­i­ties around the coun­try, and would con­tinue to mon­i­tor the sit­u­a­tion in Dunedin.

Any op­er­a­tional change needed to re­flect the needs of the mod­ern or­gan­i­sa­tion, he said.

‘‘Mak­ing changes to a large met­ro­pol­i­tan sta­tion like Dunedin Cen­tral Sta­tion takes sig­nif­i­cant con­sid­er­a­tion and we won’t rush into any de­ci­sion.’’

Re­sponse times from the Dunedin Cen­tral sta­tion con­tin­ued to be well within guide­lines, he said.

 ?? PHOTO: GER­ARD O'BRIEN ?? His­toric site . . . The Dunedin Cen­tral Fire Sta­tion was built in 1930, and oc­cu­pied in 1931.
PHOTO: GER­ARD O'BRIEN His­toric site . . . The Dunedin Cen­tral Fire Sta­tion was built in 1930, and oc­cu­pied in 1931.

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