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Terang Fire Brigade to get state-of-the-art station facility

A STATE-of-the-art fire station will be built in Terang after Corangamite Shire gave the project its support this week.

Councillors voted 5-0 to approve the planning application for the 530-square-metre station and 19-metre hose tower at their meeting on Tuesday night.

Cr Wayne Oakes wasn’t at the meeting and mayor Chris O’Connor declared a conflict of interest and did not participate in the vote.

The new station will be built on the north side of Swanston Street, near the corner of Estcourt Street. It will have room for three tankers and include a turnout room, offices, kitchen, store, 16 parking spaces and workshop. An external shed with an 80-square-metre footprint was also approved.

Planning officer Andrew Lanchester said two objections had been received, along with a petition containing 32 signatures. “Most of those issues relate to the amenity concerns during the construction period and concerns about the operation of the station,” Mr Lanchester said.

“Planning officers have assessed the objections and are recommending approval. A fire station is a community facility and a community facility is allowable in the general residential zone.

“Officers believe the use of the station won’t unreasonably impose on residents and the visual amenity won’t be impacted by the building.”

Mr Lanchester said the plan also included 16 parking spaces, with indications a grassed area on the landscape plan could accommodate a further 10 vehicles.

Country Fire Authority district six operations manager Michael Crutchfield said the authority had been looking at Swanston Street consistently during the planning stage.

“Because it abuts a residential zone, it helps response times. Terang is a volunteer brigade, so having the station close to where the volunteers live is important,” he said.

“In relation to concerns about noise, there will be no reversing trucks. We build drive-through stations. The Terang brigade has offered to remove its siren from the station, and in relation to movement of vehicles at night, there is only an average of 12 overnight vehicle movements a year.”

He said the current Terang fire station presented occupational health and safety issues, with trucks having to reverse into the station across a footpath and facilities were “substandard”.

Cr Jo Beard added a clause to the recommendation that plans be resubmitted showing how a grassed area at the station could be used to cater for overflow parking.

“I think this will become a great asset for the community and hopefully the state-of-the- art facilities will help attract new members,” Cr Beard said.

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