Keys to Liverpool Plains Emergency Services Precinct handed over to Council

Liverpool Plains Shire Council (LPSC) Mayor, Councillor Andrew Hope, has welcomed the completion of the building project for the new, state-of-the-art Liverpool Plains Emergency Services Precinct which includes the Liverpool Range Fire Control Centre (FCC).

“The building contractor has handed the site back to Council, the furniture has largely been installed, phone lines are scheduled to be installed by October 5 and staff plan to move in from October 16,” Councillor Hope said.

RFS FCC front 2   Distance RFS FCC Front   Close up

The brand new Liverpool Range Fire Control Centre as viewed from the entrance.

Close up of entrance to new Liverpool Range Fire Control Centre

“The site includes the Liverpool Range FCC and is the new headquarters for the local NSW Rural Fire Service (NSW RFS). It also provides new sheds and homes for the Liverpool Plains Volunteer Rescue Association (VRA) and Braefield/Dury RFS Brigade while the existing State Emergency Service (SES) building is also within the site boundaries,” he said. 

“The FCC is not only important to LPS with its ability to provide combined Emergency Management which will enhance public safety but also as the control centre for the RFS area which covers Gunnedah and Upper Hunter Local Government Areas as well.

“The precinct provides for combined emergency response and will also enhance the opportunities for combined emergency services training,” he continued. 

Councillor Hope said congratulations were due to everyone concerned with this important project, for the professional manner in which it was conceived, considered and developed.

“It was conceived during preparation of the LPS Long Term Community Strategic Plan (CSP) in 2014 when emergency services’ facilities were identified as a key local community priority.

 “Following initial discussions with the NSW RFS thorough investigations commenced in January 2015 and out of this process, the former Quirindi Saleyards site was established as the preferred candidate site.

RFS Operation room   FCC RFS Training room   FCC RFS Office

Operations Room for new Liverpool Range Fire Control Centre

Training room at new Fire Control Centre

Some of the office space at the new Fire Control Centre in Quirindi.

“Staff from the NSW RFS, the VRA and LPSC worked on a Project Master Plan to provide a clear direction for the development of the site in the short, medium and long term. Significant community consultation ensued to ensure general support for the project and the Development Application (DA) was submitted in December 2015. The first sod was turned in June 2016 and 15 months later the site is ready for staff to occupy, a great result for all concerned.   

“The new facilities will prove a huge benefit to the staff and volunteers of these vital emergency services as well as the wider community, including future generations,” he said.

“This new FCC replaces the old facility at Willow Tree which no longer meets practical and everyday working needs and has been substantially damaged by two significant storm events in recent years. Willow Tree will retain their local NSW RFS brigade and appliances as the new precinct in Quirindi comes into use,” he continued.

“On behalf of the community I thank the State Government and NSW RFS for their financial contribution to this mult-million dollar project towards which Council contributes approximately 11.7% of the total,” he said.

“After staff and volunteers have had a chance to settle in and fully commission the new precinct an official opening ceremony is planned for April 7 2018,” Councillor Hope concluded.

Opening Hours

Mon to Fri: 8.30AM - 5.00PM

Sat to Sun: Closed

Public Holidays: Closed

 

Physical Address

60 Station Street

Quirindi NSW

2343

 

Postal Address

PO Box 152

Quirindi NSW

2343

Contact Details

Phone: 02 6746 1755

Fax: 02 6746 3255

Email: lpsc@lpsc.nsw.gov.au