Karuah Rural Fire Station

Background

The existing fire station at Wattle Street no longer meets the operational needs of the Rural Fire Service due to structural issues. A new facility is scheduled to be built in 2018/19 financial year.

Location

The current location was considered however due to infrastructure and engineering complications has not been deemed suitable. Alternative locations for the new facility were investigated and narrowed down to include Lionel Morten Oval on Tarean Road and vacant Council land on Engel Avenue. In order to select a suitable location, feedback was sought from the community about which site would be preferable.

Results

Results of a community engagement survey across Karuah residents indicate that Engel Avenue is the preferred site for the fire station. Engel Avenue attracted almost three-quarters of the vote due to the fact it offers more space, more parking, less impact on the sports field and is close to the Karuah township in case of an emergency.

Next Steps

The new facility is presently in the design phase. It will be a modern facility that will ensure the Rural Fire Service can deliver effective services to the local community.

Port Stephens Council will oversee construction of the new facility and is currently seeking funding from the NSW Government.

Background

The existing fire station at Wattle Street no longer meets the operational needs of the Rural Fire Service due to structural issues. A new facility is scheduled to be built in 2018/19 financial year.

Location

The current location was considered however due to infrastructure and engineering complications has not been deemed suitable. Alternative locations for the new facility were investigated and narrowed down to include Lionel Morten Oval on Tarean Road and vacant Council land on Engel Avenue. In order to select a suitable location, feedback was sought from the community about which site would be preferable.

Results

Results of a community engagement survey across Karuah residents indicate that Engel Avenue is the preferred site for the fire station. Engel Avenue attracted almost three-quarters of the vote due to the fact it offers more space, more parking, less impact on the sports field and is close to the Karuah township in case of an emergency.

Next Steps

The new facility is presently in the design phase. It will be a modern facility that will ensure the Rural Fire Service can deliver effective services to the local community.

Port Stephens Council will oversee construction of the new facility and is currently seeking funding from the NSW Government.