ESA Station upgrade
and relocation strategy
Improving Community Safety
The ACT Emergency Services Agency (ESA) Station Upgrade and Relocation Program (SURP) is about improving community safety for Canberrans as the city expands and the population grows. Strategically locating ESA stations to better service the needs and expectations of the community will save more lives, property and the environment.
Extensive analysis has been undertaken into where stations should be located in the Territory to meet current and projected demand as the city grows.
The SURP has been underway since November 2011.In October 2013, construction of a new co-located Ambulance and Fire & Rescue station in Charnwood was completed ahead of time and under budget. In March 2015, construction of a new Fire & Rescue station for South Tuggeranong, replacing the Greenway Fire & Rescue station, was completed also on time and under budget.
Construction of a new co-located Ambulance and Fire & Rescue station in Bardi Place, Aranda commenced in June 2015 and is scheduled for completion by June 2016. The new Aranda station, which will replace two separate stations currently situated in the Belconnen town centre, will complete Phase 1 of the ESA Station Upgrade and Relocation Strategy.
Work will commence in November 2015 for the adaptive re-use of the previous Greenway Fire & Rescue station site to transition it into an Ambulance station. The work is scheduled to be completed in mid April 2016.
A new co-located Ambulance and Fire & Rescue Station is being built at Bardi Place, Aranda. The site is located off Bindubi Street, opposite the Canberra High School. In the 2014-15 Budget, the government allocated $20.85 million capital and recurrent funding for the construction of this new co-located station. The completion date for construction of the station is programmed for early July 2016.
Internal and external construction work is progressing well. The public car park is scheduled for completion by the end of April to allow TAMS approval and opening in June 2016.
The ESA is liaising with the Belconnen Community Council on activities for the Belconnen 50th anniversary celebrations to coincide with the opening of the new station.
The ESA apologises for any inconveniences the construction of the station my cause, however, ensuring the safety of the workers on site and the public are the main priorities.
The government has allocated $1.253 million in the 2015-16 Budget for the adaptive reuse of the former Fire & Rescue Station at Greenway. The station will be converted into a modern, fit for purpose ambulance station. The completion of the refurbished works of the ambulance station is by the end of April 2016.
Internal refurbishment of the station is now completed and external works are also now completed
Minister Corbell will officially open the station on Friday 6th May 2016. The ESA will be holding an ‘Community Open Day’ on Saturday 7th May 2016 for the community to visit the station and enjoy the planned activities which will include a sausage sizzle and face painting, with funds raised from this being donated to local charity, Hartley Lifecare.