Construction on the Bedfordale Fire Station will soon be underway after the City of Armadale Council endorsed a recommendation to draw on the City’s Freehold Sale Capital Works Reserve Fund to cover the shortfall.
$248,000 will be allocated to the development and construction of the facility, expected to be operational by early 2021.
Mayor Ruth Butterfield said the City was disappointed its request for additional Local Government Grant Scheme (LGGS) Capital Grants from Department Fire and Emergency Services was unsuccessful.
“It’s so important to ensure the new station is built and as such council will be funding the short fall of funds to help our volunteer brigades protect lives and homes throughout the City. The location of the new station is ideal, given its proximity to the Bedfordale Hall and already existing services, in addition it will provide safer and greater vehicle access.
“With bushfire season fast approaching us, I’d also like to take this opportunity to remind everyone that it’s time to start preparing your properties for the bush fire season, including firebreaks, due before 30th November 2020.”
At the Ordinary Council Meeting, Council also endorsed an application to the Community Sporting and Recreation Facilities Fund (CSRFF) Forward Planning grants program for funding for the Forrestdale Hub Sporting Facilities Upgrade and Morgan Park Pavilion and Playing Field Reconfiguration.
The program aims to maintain and increase participation in sport and recreation with an emphasis on physical activity, through rational development of good quality, well designed and utilised facilities.