Simon Corbell has announced changes to the locations of fire and ambulance stations around Canberra:
“This strategy has been developed in close consultation with the Transport Workers Union (TWU) who represent intensive care paramedics, and the United Firefighters Union (UFU) who advocate for ACT Fire Brigade officers to ensure the needs of frontline personnel have been met.
“The Government is committed to ensuring the city grows to maintain appropriate ambulance and fire cover for all Canberra suburbs, and that is why the Government decided to commission this strategy and has decided to move to the implementation stage.”
The project has been prioritised into four implementation phases. The first phase will deliver service improvements to:
— South Tuggeranong – A stand alone fire station is proposed for the site in South Tuggeranong at the southeast roundabout intersection of Tharwa Drive (south) and Tharwa Drive (east) at the intersection with Drakeford Drive. The current fire station in Greenway located in the Tuggeranong Town Centre on the corner of Scollay Street and Reed Street (south) will be converted, as part of phase 2, to become a station for the ambulance service (relocated from the current Kambah ACTAS station).
— North West Belconnen – The proposed site for Charnwood is near the south west corner of Lhotsky Street and Tillyard Drive abutting Ginninderra Drive. The site will accommodate a new ambulance station and the relocation of the existing fire station in Charnwood. The existing Charnwood fire station is considered obsolete and is not suitable for refurbishment; and
— Belconnen – The proposed site for Aranda is on the border of Macquarie and Aranda, on Bindubi Street
close to the south east intersection with Belconnen Way. The Belconnen ambulance and fire stations located on Lathlain Street are to be relocated to Aranda to improve operational response. Aranda would be a co-located ambulance and fire station.