Plans have been lodged to establish Sunnyside Rural Fire Brigade, southwest of Mackay. Picture: File
Plans have been lodged to establish Sunnyside Rural Fire Brigade, southwest of Mackay. Picture: File

Next steps for new rural fire brigade southwest of Mackay

Plans to create a new rural fire brigade southwest of Mackay may finally come to fruition a decade after land was first set aside.

A design proposal was lodged to Mackay Regional Council to build a 11.4m x 12m wide shed at 1576 Sarina Homebush Road.

It would become the base of operations for the community volunteer-run Sunnyside Rural Fire Brigade.

“The shed will house vehicles and equipment needed by the brigade,” documents stated.

“Training exercises will also be undertaken at the site.”

Plans lodged for a new rural fire brigade shed at Sunnyside, southwest of Mackay. Picture: Supplied
Plans lodged for a new rural fire brigade shed at Sunnyside, southwest of Mackay. Picture: Supplied

“The proposed use will fulfil a strong local need for this service and is appropriately located in the rural fire ward it is intended to service.

“(The shed) will be unmanned for the majority of the time and only occupied/operational during emergencies or training of brigade members.

“Outside of these times the shed will be closed with no access to members of the general public.”

A rural fire brigade truck at Sarina Beach.
A rural fire brigade truck at Sarina Beach.

The submitted plans follow the Rural Fire Brigades Association Queensland’s announcement it had teamed up with Rural Fire Service Queensland to deliver 400 handheld thermal imaging cameras to brigades across the state.

Mackay region recipients included the Mount Blackwood, Armies, Conway, Dalrymple Heights, Clairview, Seaforth, Finch Hatton, Midge Point, Netherdale, Gloucester and Grasstree Beach brigades.

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