Michael Johnsen MP, Member for Upper Hunter today joined with Minister for Police and Emergency Services David Elliott MP in Muswellbrook to announce that the local community is set to be better protected from fire and emergencies with a new $3.1 million fire station to be built.
Minister Elliott and Mr Johnsen were accompanied by Fire and Rescue NSW (FRNSW) Area Commander Regional West, Chief Superintendent Steve Hirst, to officially announce the construction of the new facility in Market Street.
Mr Johnsen said the new facility will replace the current station which has served the surrounding communities for more than 40 years.
“Our new Muswellbrook station will be located only 130 metres from the current site. It will include three engine bays with an adjoining room and amenities, numerous sustainability features, additional storage space and extra training facilities for local staff,” Mr Johnsen said.
“It will also accommodate an additional two permanent firefighters to increase local capabilities and maintain a modern emergency response well into the future.”
Mr Elliott said the new station was a significant investment in the Muswellbrook community and will improve the local response to emergencies.
“The NSW Government has invested $87.2 million for new works projects including stations across NSW in the 2020-21 Budget, so it is pleasing to announce today that Muswellbrook will be benefiting from a new station,” Mr Elliott said.
“Fire stations are the epitome of civic duty and pride in local communities like Muswellbrook, and the NSW Government continues to invest in modern facilities and equipment to keep them safe.”
“We are committed to providing our firefighters with the best resources so they can get on with the job– protecting the irreplaceable.”
FRNSW Chief Superintendent Steve Hirst said the new fire station would boost firefighters’ ability to protect the local community.
“The modern and well-equipped facility will allow the firefighters at Muswellbrook to provide improved protection and response for the local community.” Chief Superintendent Hirst said.
Construction on the new station is scheduled to commence in late 2021 with an expected completion date in mid-2022.