Construction on the new Bushfires NT Headquarters in Acacia Hills is progressing well, supporting more than 85 Territory jobs.
The new headquarters will support 35 ongoing Bushfires NT staff and approximately 350 volunteers. This is a significant investment in the rural area and will strengthen relationships with rural landholders, volunteers and service providers in the Top End’s upcoming fire season.
Once complete the new facility will bring Bushfires NT staff from Winnellie and Batchelor together under one roof making it easier to respond to and manage bushfire emergencies, keeping the community safe.
Underground services works have been completed, along with the vehicle bay.
The new headquarters will also include:
- An Incident Control Room;
- Modern office accommodation;
- A radio operations room;
- Volunteer training room;
- A large workshop;
- An appliance bay;
- A vehicle wash-down bay;
- Quick fill capability for firefighting vehicles;
- Operational and support areas;
- Infrastructure and service connections for future expansion; and
- Solar panels and sectioned air-conditioning to reduce operational costs and greenhouse gas emissions.
The Territory Labor Government is investing in these new headquarters as they will assist volunteer firefighters respond quicker and in a safer manner.
Quotes attributed to Acting Chief Minister Nicole Manison:
“This is about keeping Territorians safe and keeping Territorians in jobs – it’s a win-win for the Territory.
“The Territory Labor Government is focussed on supporting jobs, local industries and economic activity through a variety of construction projects across the Territory, this is one of many job-creating projects.
“This project has created 85 jobs, and will support a further 35 ongoing Territory jobs, and 350 volunteer firefighters.
Quotes attributed to the Minister for Infrastructure, Planning and Logistics, Eva Lawler:
“Bushfire NT staff deserve quality infrastructure which makes their jobs safer, and more efficient.
“In order for us to effectively manage bushfires across the Territory our Bushfires NT staff and volunteers need the right facilities to keep our community safe.”
“By merging the Bushfires NT staff from Winnellie and Batchelor under one roof, it will make it easier responding to and manage bushfire emergencies to keep the community safe.