ESA Station upgrade
and relocation strategy

Improving Community Safety

Project overview

The ACT Emergency Services Agency (ESA) Station Upgrade and Relocation Strategy is about improving community safety for Canberrans as the city expands and the population grows. Strategically locating ambulance and fire 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 ambulance and fire stations should be located in the Territory for at least the next 20 years. The studies identify options as to where new ESA stations will be required to meet current and projected demand as the city grows.

The Station Upgrade and Relocation Strategy was prepared from the study findings. Then, an Implementation Plan was developed in close consultation with operational ESA staff to determine the most effective way to deliver the recommended service improvements. That plan known as the Strategy has been underway since November 2011.

Subject to ACT Government budgetary and statutory approvals, the ESA plans to continue to implement the Strategy which comprises four Phases, as outlined below.


Phase Stations Services Work
Phase 1 South Tuggeranong
West Belconnen
New station – being built in 2014
New co-located station – completed in October 2013
New co-located station
Phase 2 Fyshwick
Major upgrade
New station
New base
New base
Minor upgrade
Adaptive Reuse of the fire station
Phase 3 Kambah FB Major upgrade
Phase 4 Molonglo
New co-located station
Major upgrades or relocations

Phase 1 of the Strategy is at a very advance stage. In October 2013, construction of a new co-located Ambulance and Fire & Rescue station in Charnwood, West Belconnen was completed ahead of time and under budget. That new station marks the first key step in Government’s commitment to improving emergency response coverage across the Territory.

In addition, construction of the new Fire & Rescue station for South Tuggeranong is well underway and on track for completion in the first quarter of 2015. Government has also allocated funds for the construction of a new co-located Ambulance and Fire & Rescue station Bardi Place, Aranda. The new Aranda station, which will replace two separate stations currently in the Belconnen town centre, will complete Phase 1 of the ESA Station Upgrade and Relocation Strategy.

Forward design for some Phase 2 facilities is being progressed in the 2014/15 financial year.

View the media release

Emergency services strategy for a growing city

This page was last modified on October 30th, 2014