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.
Belconnen Ambulance and Fire & Rescue Station
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. The new station will replace two separate stations currently located in the Belconnen Town Centre.
The station will be completed in late August 2016 with the Minister for Police and Emergency Services officially opening the facility on 2 September 2016.
The Government also constructed a new public car park adjacent to the station to replace the existing one that was located at the site.
A Community Open Day will be held at the station on Saturday 3 September 2016 to provide an opportunity for the public to view the new station and enjoy the activities planned for the day. The activities will include a sausage sizzle, face painting and displays from all four Emergency Services Agency (ESA) services, ACT Ambulance, ACT Fire & Rescue, ACT Rural Fire Service and ACT State Emergency Service. Proceeds raised from the sausage sizzle will be donated to Hartley Lifecare, a local charity organisation. The station will be open to the public from 10am to 2pm.
The Station will be operational from Monday 5 September 2016.
The ESA has been liaising with the Belconnen Community Council regarding involvement in activities for the Belconnen 50th anniversary celebrations planned for Saturday 10 September 2016.