New $6.9M fire base will protect Otways

A side view of the DELWP building.

A side view of the DELWP building.

A new $6.9-million State Government base at Barwon Downs will boost firefighters’ ability to respond to fires in the Otways.

The government says its investment in a new fire services office and depot south-east of Colac will help with Otways emergencies and community safety.

Contractors started work this week on the new Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning depot, with safety fencing and site sheds at the Birregurra Road site.

DELWP assistant chief fire officer Andrew Morrow said the new base would enable “the rapid deployment of crews and equipment for bushfire and other emergency responses encountered in the region”.

“The new Barwon Downs office and depot will serve as a long-term base for land management within the Otway Forest Park and as a strategic base for firefighting personnel and vehicles.

It replaces outdated facilities currently spread over three sites at Forrest,” Mr Morrow said.

“Site preparation including demolition works on a 2.5-hectare site at 168 Birregurra Road commenced this week and construction is due to be completed by March 2017.”

DELWP has appointed JMA Architects as its project manager, with the construction tender awarded to Geelong builder Rendine Construction, which completed the new Gellibrand DELWP depot last year.

“Their contract includes demolition of existing buildings and construction of a new depot an office facility, crew facilities, vehicle and tanker sheds, trailer storage, workshop, fire store, dangerous goods store, refuelling area, vehicle wash bay and car-parking,” Mr Morrow said.

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