Katherine’s new fire station is rapidly taking shape.
The $8.5 million project is being constructed adjacent to the recently moved ambulance station in the industrial area.
The new fire station will see the region better serviced with an up-to-date emergency service facility, while also creating more jobs in the local community.
A mere month has passed since construction commenced and already the new building is taking shape.
The site is moving rapidly with about 240 tradies working together on the project.
A tender was awarded to C&R Construction, a Darwin based construction company, in July to carry out the works; the same company contracted to build the Katherine ambulance station.
The project was announced by Chief Minister Michael Gunner in Katherine in April last year.
The Government had previously promised $5 million to ease chronic overcrowding at the police station.
Mr Gunner said more than $8 million would be provided to relocate the fire station, basically across the Stuart Highway adjacent to the ambulance station.
The new single level facility will:
- accommodate fire crew/staff and be available for after hours use by volunteers;
- provide a venue for training;
- offer a workspace for vehicles and safety equipment;
- provide shelter for fire fleet on standby; and
- allow for further expansion to enable the facility to service the community into the future.
Construction of the new facility is anticipated to be completed in early 2019 and once operational the station will be managed by the NT Fire and Emergency Department.
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