State Emergency Service building to stay at Nelly Bay

Date published: 9 October 2018

Based on community feedback, Townsville City Council’s Planning and Development Committee has recommended not proceeding with building a new State Emergency Service building on Hurst Street in Picnic Bay on Magnetic Island.

The original proposal included building a new SES building on a reserve covering an area in Hurst Street.

However, some locals expressed concern about the facility being moved from Nelly Bay.

Local Councillor Ann-Maree Greaney said Council had listened to the local community.

“It was important for council to hear the views of locals so we went through a community engagement process and Council took on board the feedback from the local community,” Cr Greaney said.

“After listening to the community Council has decided we won’t be proceeding with building a new SES building on the Hurst Street site.

“I’d like to thank everyone that took part in the community engagement process because it helped us understand what locals wanted in the area.”

Cr Greaney said the SES building will remain in Kelly St, Nelly Bay – which is close to existing Queensland Fire and Emergency Services facilities and the Magnetic Island Disaster Coordination Centre.

“This decision means the SES will remain in the same place they have been for many years,” Cr Greaney said.

“Council will be working with Queensland Fire and Emergency Services to formalise the lease arrangements for the current SES building on Kelly St.”

The matter will go before the next Full Council meeting for final consideration.