$14 million fire and emergency services complex for Maryborough delivers better services

Published Tuesday, 22 November, 2022 at 02:47 PM

Minister for Police and Corrective Services and Minister for Fire and Emergency Services
The Honourable Mark Ryan

The heritage-designed $14.54 million replacement Queensland Fire and Emergency Services North Coast Region headquarters and Maryborough Fire and Rescue Station was officially opened today.

Member for Maryborough Bruce Saunders, who officiated at the ceremony representing Emergency Services Minister Mark Ryan, said the complex was designed to accommodate for future predicted growth and demand in the area.

“The existing facility was an iconic part of Maryborough’s history; however, a modern fire and emergency service needs modern facilities,” Mr Saunders said. 

“The complex was the first mass-timber fire and emergency services building in Australia and acknowledged Maryborough’s strong heritage as a timber town.

“The design restored the original heritage-valued brick façade, built in in 1951, with the remainder of the facility constructed out of local-sourced wood.

“To be able to combine the history of the past with the needs of the future is a remarkable achievement.

“The Palaszczuk Government has always been a strong supporter of the region. This complex is further proof of that,’’ Mr Saunders said.

“We have faced more than our fair share of disasters of late and this new facility will provide great comfort for the community as well as a modern facility for our emergency services personnel.’’

Minister Ryan said the project was a classic example of the Palaszczuk Government’s commitment to creating good jobs and better services through local manufacturing.

“Maryborough is a growing area with growing needs and this state-of-the-art facility will ensure a safer community,’’ the Minister said.

“The complex emphasises the Palaszczuk Government’s commitment to ensuring our frontline has the resources needed to keep Queenslanders safe.’’

QFES Deputy Commissioner Mike Wassing said the facility would meet the specific firefighting needs of the Maryborough area.

“The Wide Bay area is well-versed in natural disasters – we saw that earlier this year when the devastating floods hit,” Deputy Commissioner Wassing said.

“This innovative facility ensures North Coast Region’s operational crews can respond to a wide range of emergency incidents including fires, swiftwater rescues and hazardous material incidents.

“The headquarters accommodates the Rural Fire Service (RFS), State Emergency Service (SES) and Fire and Rescue Service personnel, enhancing service delivery.

“Firefighters have been serving the Maryborough community for more than 70 years, and with space for five urban firefighting appliances and practical training, they will be able to serve for many years to come.”

Media contacts:

Minister’s office 3035 8300

Member for Maryborough’s office: 4114 1100