May Riddells Creek Hearth Brigade quickly have its new, long-awaited, house on the south-west nook of Riddells Creek Recreation Reserve?
Final week, Macedon Ranges Shire Council launched the CFA’s draft proposal to relocate the brigade’s station following a prolonged seek for a website.
The Crown land reserve, zoned public park and recreation, at 26-32 Sutherlands Street was the one choice not discounted of greater than 25 thought-about.
“The CFA recognized challenges with lots of the proposed websites, starting from unsuitable measurement, potential overlays, unsuitable operational places and homeowners unwilling to contemplate sale, by means of to visitors impacts, entry and potential flooding,” a report back to council stated.
Wants for each leisure land and a hearth brigade working to its fullest are crucial to the city slated for development.
Brigade captain Michael Hemingway stated the present station at 67 Major Street was “properly and actually in want of a substitute”.
“The location now not meets the wants of the brigade, doesn’t match our present fleet of tankers and is previous its utilized by date,” Mr Hemingway stated.
“Sadly the price of land in Riddells Creek has change into exorbitant and availability is proscribed.”
The brigade was scheduled to obtain a substitute heavy tanker in 2019 however was compelled to refuse because of the station’s limitations.
Such an improve would have delivered bigger capability for water carry and a crew cab (not a luxurious of the present car), in addition to different comforts comparable to air-con. It was an enormous blow for one of many shire’s busiest brigades.
That very same 12 months, native MP Mary-Anne Thomas introduced the brigade would have a brand new $3 million station on a bigger website by 2021.
The brand new station was anticipated to characteristic a three-bay motor room, assist and assembly areas, workplaces, turn-out areas for firefighters, in addition to a kitchen, coaching yard, communications infrastructure, fencing and a parking lot.
That promise is now one 12 months overdue and the chosen website now pending neighborhood session.
A report back to council stated neighborhood suggestions would supply key enter in consideration of the CFA’s proposal, or options put ahead, and assist to determine options.