Call for new Bundaberg fire station project to begin
MEMBER for Burnett Stephen Bennett has called on the Labor Government to prioritise a new fire and ambulance station for Bundaberg.
He said the former LNP Government had sought to relocate the existing fire station to ensure an emergency services hub would be built well outside the flood zone.
"We're here today to call on the State Labor Government to finally deliver the fire station that was promised previously," he said.
"After eight months we've had a lot of talk, a lot of taskforces - 72 reviews are now in play. The people off Bundaberg deserve the combined fire/ambulance centre.
"This was committed last year and fully funded, the land has been brought and the question today is when can we expect this infrastructure project?
"I think it's really disingenuous for the men and women of the fire service and ambulance service to struggle in a facility that floods."
Mr Bennett also called for the project to include local suppliers and contractors, if and when it went ahead.
"For too long we've seen the Labor Government out source projects because of their lazy procurement tactics," he said.
"We want to make sure that those local builders, those local suppliers get a real unique opportunity to be able to tender and construct, what should be a local project.
"Construction projects of the magnitude of a new fire station would be over hundreds of jobs. In Bundaberg's economic climate we clearly want to see this project start and we want to see it start now."
But Minister for Health and Ambulance Services Cameron Dick said the Palaszczuk Government was committed to providing a new emergency services hub for the Bundaberg area.
"Unlike the former government we are consulting broadly with the community and engaging in the proper processes to finalise the project," he said.
"The designation process is currently being undertaken by the Queensland Ambulance Service.
"It is regrettable that the LNP is unable to stand up for improved emergency services. Instead, we see more of the same from a desperate and disjointed LNP Opposition."