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    Treasurer, Minister for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Partnerships and Minister for Sport
    The Honourable Curtis Pitt

    $700,000 fast-tracked to extend Thursday Island fire station

    Treasurer, Minister for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Partnerships and Minister for Sport
    The Honourable Curtis Pitt

    Wednesday, February 03, 2016

    $700,000 fast-tracked to extend Thursday Island fire station

    The Palaszczuk Government will fast-track a much needed $700,000 expansion of the Thursday Island Fire and Rescue Station.

    Treasurer and Minister for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Partnerships Curtis Pitt said the project had been brought forward by six-months to support the local economy and create jobs.

    “This project represents a significant government investment on Thursday Island, designed to create employment opportunities and enhance community facilities,” Mr Pitt said.

    “These works will support eight full-time equivalent jobs.

    “The sooner we get projects like this off the ground, the sooner we can generate more employment opportunities for regional Queenslanders.”

    The Palaszczuk Government’s Accelerated Works Program for regional Queensland has now rolled out $315 million to fast-tracked programs which will support more than 750 fulltime equivalent jobs.

    Minister for Fire and Emergency Services Bill Byrne said the Thursday Island Fire and Rescue Station expansion will incorporate additional facilities to improve operational response.

    “This is a much needed expansion to the existing station that will ensure local firefighters are well supported to respond to emergencies,” Mr Byrne said.

    “The overhaul will see the establishment of  a designated breathing apparatus facility and a personal protective equipment room.

    “Thursday Island’s Fire and Rescue Station is staffed by a dedicated team of  firefighters who work regular jobs in the community and are on-call 24 hours a day, seven days a week to respond to fire and emergency incidents.  The crews here also support the Rural Fire Service on Horn Island and surrounding islands.

    “Last year, Thursday Island fire and rescue crews responded to road crash rescues, grass and wild fires and structural fires.

    “This expansion of the fire and rescue station is the first stage of a bigger plan to review emergency services facilities on Thursday Island and investigate a common approach to potential joint facilities in the future.”

     

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