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The NSW Labor government has allocated $8.2 million in its 2024–25 budget for a new Fire and Rescue NSW (FRNSW) station in Byron Bay.

As reported recently in The Echo, local MP Tamara Smith (Greens) welcomed the announcement and thanked the local FRNSW members for their hard work in securing the money.

According to a NSW Labor media release, design of the new facility will start in the upcoming financial year, and ‘will be informed by consultation with the Byron Bay crew’.

Additional space for storage and training areas

Additional space for storage and new training areas for on-call crews are expected to be part of the design. 

The media release reads, ‘The existing station is 46 years old and has limited scope for expansion and modernisation’.

‘The new station will be designed to meet the needs of a diversifying firefighting workforce, and adhere to FRNSW’s “Clean Firefighter” policy, separating work and cleaning areas.

‘The Minns Labor government has also committed an additional $189.5 million in the 2024-25 budget to guarantee the positions of 286 permanent firefighters, whose jobs were not previously funded on an ongoing basis.’


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