and relocation strategy
Improving Community Safety
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 1||South Tuggeranong
|New station – being built in 2014
New co-located station – completed in October 2013
New co-located station
Adaptive Reuse of the fire station
|Phase 3||Kambah||FB||Major upgrade|
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 will commence in March 2014. A Development Application to construct a new co-located Ambulance and Fire & Rescue station in Bardi Place, Aranda has been approved by the Environment and Sustainable Development Directorate; at this stage Government has not made a final decision on this proposed station which would replace two separate stations currently located in the Belconnen Town Centre.
Forward design and consultations for Phase 2 facilities is being progressed in 2014.