Issued: 07 August 2015
Minister for Emergency Services David Elliott has issued a tender for the construction of a new Fire & Rescue NSW (FRNSW) headquarters in Greenacre.
It is part of a NSW Government plan to relocate and consolidate more than 3,000 public servants to new offices in Western Sydney, boosting the region's economy and supporting local jobs and investment.
The new Greenacre head office will save the taxpayer $2.5 million each year - which is what FRNSW currently pays in rent for its CBD office space on Elizabeth Street.
FRNSW has refurbished the upper storeys of its Pyrmont Fire station to provide temporary desks for staff whose work brings them to the CBD.
The construction tender is to demolish an existing building located at Amarina Avenue in Greenacre and build a new two-storey facility with undercover parking.
It will combine FRNSW's administrative and specialist functions along with the fire prevention and logistics team that currently occupies a separate building on the site.
"This purpose-built building is a great investment in a booming Sydney region and will result in a brand new facility for hard working FRNSW staff," Mr Elliott said.
The new headquarters adds to the huge spend on 16 new fire stations already underway in communities across NSW, including Ballina, Marsden Park, Mount Druitt, Ropes Crossing, Rutherford, South Windsor, Yennora and Oran Park.
Construction on the FRNSW head office will start this year and be complete by 2017. Staff will be consulted on the relocation date.