Budget hits mark for fire and emergency services in state’s south east

The Palaszczuk Government has delivered for south-east Queenslanders in the State Budget with a multimillion dollar investment in new fire stations and upgrades.

Fire and Emergency Services Minister Craig Crawford said communities from the Gold Coast to the Scenic Rim, Logan and Ipswich were winners thanks to a $6.4 million allocation for vital projects in 2019-2020.

He said the funding was part of a record, state-wide $740 million Queensland Fire and Emergency Services (QFES) Budget that centred on delivering new facilities, vehicles and support to frontline firefighters and emergency service personnel.

“Recognising the increased demand in Pimpama and on the northern Gold Coast, we have set aside $2 million to cover the initial works for a new Pimpama Fire and Rescue Service (FRS) station,” Mr Crawford said.

“Once complete, this will be a modern, state-of-the-art facility fitted with three engine bays and specialist hazmat response capability to ensure firefighters have the latest tools and equipment available to keep the Gold Coast safe.”

Mr Crawford said the Budget also reinforced the Government’s commitment to regional communities and growth areas.

“We have earmarked $1.7 million to complete the new Rathdowney QFES facility and $1.7 million to finish a new auxiliary Fire and Rescue station at Esk,” he said.

Member for Logan Linus Power also welcomed the Budget announcements.

“Our Government continues to invest in our front-line emergency services so that our firefighters, rural firefighting volunteers, SES workers and marine rescue volunteers have an agile and mobile state-wide response to community safety,” he said.

“The 2019-2020 Budget will also deliver about $1 million to projects in Logan, including the new FRS stations at Yarrabilba and Loganlea, and an upgrade to the existing West Logan FRS station and a new Loganlea FRS Station.”

Mr Crawford said the Budget would also lay the foundations for the future $2 million auxiliary FRS station at Rosewood.

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