A re-elected Palaszczuk Labor Government will deliver a Mount Cotton Fire Station with full time firefighters and bushfire fighting capacity, as part of the economic recovery of Queensland from COVID-19.
Labor Member for Springwood Mick de Brenni said the Mt Cotton fire station was an investment in community safety and economic recovery.
“I’ve worked closely with the Mt Cotton community on the need for bolstered firefighting capability, and I’m pleased that the Palaszczuk Labor Government is delivering,” Mr de Brenni said.
“From pandemics to natural disasters, it’s only the Palaszczuk Labor Government that Queenslanders can count on to keep them safe.
“The new fully operational fire station will boost firefighter numbers and emergency firefighting response times across Redlands, Daisy Hill and Venman National Parks.
“Mt Cotton’s new fire station will be staffed by specialist fire rescue bushfire response team, with off road trucks operating out of the station 24/7.
Mr de Brenni said the $12.2 million station would be complemented with an off-road fire-fighting truck and its construction would prepare for future growth in the region.
“Locals will be fully protected for everything from housefires, to factory and bush fires as well as having access to the world’s best emergency rescue personnel.
“We’re making plans now to increase Queensland’s firefighting capacity into the future to protect our homes and koala habitat.
Member for Redlands, Kim Richards, said construction and operation of the Mt Cotton station would create local jobs.
“The Palaszczuk Government’s commitment to a new $12.2 million fire station at Mt Cotton will deliver up to 27 jobs for local tradies during construction,” Ms Richards said.
“Once built there will also be jobs for locally based, fully-trained firefighters and support staff.
“Tradies will start work next year following detailed design work which will be a significant boost for local jobs as part of Queensland’s Economic Recovery Plan.
“That’s great news for local businesses and our Redlands community. “
Member for Macalister, Melissa McMahon, said the new station would deliver 24/7 coverage for residents.
“Mt Cotton’s central location means residents of Cornubia and Carbrook will have professional firefighters on their doorstep in a matter of minutes,” Ms McMahon said.
“A new fire station at Mt Cotton delivers peace-of-mind and could mean the difference between saving or losing your home in a fire.”
Member for Capalaba, Don Brown said he valued any investment that kept people in his community safe.
“I warmly welcome any announcement that means more firefighters and appliances on the ground, helping people in my electorate,” Mr Brown said.
“This new fire station will be especially valuable for protecting houses and businesses of property owners at the back of Capalaba, next to bushland.”
United Firefighters Union Queensland Secretary John Oliver welcomed this announcement on behalf of local firefighters.
“This announcement is good news for fire fighters and the communities they protect,” Mr Oliver said.
“Quick response times save lives and having a fully operational fire station in Mount Cotton means more fire fighters and more firefighting equipment when we need it.”
Mount Cotton resident Lochlan Patterson said this was something that he and his family would appreciate.
“It’s been a tough year all round and knowing that a local fire station is on its way is definitely welcome news,” he said.
“I love living here and knowing that we will have great emergency services close by is reassuring for me and my family.”