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Fire Station upgrades get the go-ahead

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26 May 2010

The Metropolitan Fire & Emergency Services Board has approved the redevelopment of Altona Fire Station on the existing site in Akuna Street, while the purchase of land in Epsom & Fitzroy Streets Laverton has been approved for the construction of a new Laverton Fire Station.

The recommendation was endorsed at an MFB Board meeting held yesterday (25 May) which will now allow MFB to move forward and commence the design and construction of both Altona and Laverton Fire Stations.

“The process to finalise specifications and advertising the tenders will now be expedited. I look forward to announcing the signing of contracts for these important projects in the very near future,” said Graham Fountain Chief Executive Officer / Chief Officer MFB.

“We will be working closely with Hobson’s Bay and Wyndham City Councils to provide our community and firefighters with the best possible facilities, resources and most importantly service delivery to the community in Melbourne’s West,” Mr Fountain added.

Jill Hennessy Member for Altona said, “The redevelopment of the Altona Fire Station at the existing site is a great outcome for the local community. Keeping the station in Akuna Street means the relationships formed with residents and business will continue, as will the continued community orientation of our fire station and MFB firefighters.

“The purchase of Department of Education land in Laverton (part of the former Laverton Primary School), means locals will continue to benefit from the site. Laverton is a central point which borders the growing residential area of Point Cook and industrial facilities. It plays a pivotal role in the area, so it’s excellent to see the project kick off.”

The previously proposed site for the relocation of the Altona Station in Grieves Parade will now be sold.

For more information please contact: MFB Media & Communications on 9665 4699 or media@mfb.vic.gov.au

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