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Rural fire fighters get a boost
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Friday, 17 March 2006

The Sunshine Coast hinterlands will be better equipped to fight fires from next year, thanks to an additional five fire hydrants being installed as part of the AquaGen Water Mains Upgrade project.

The fire hydrants will service areas previously suffering from limited fire fighting water supply.

AquaGen's President, Cr Don Aldous said, " A number of locations were requested by the rural brigades and we are pleased to say that five of those were deemed suitable for the installation of hydrants."

"With the absence of reticulated water in the area, the new hydrants will assist with emergency access to water," Cr Aldous said,  "At a total cost of $75,000 to add five hydrants into the upgrade project, the benefits to the local community will far outweigh the outlay."

The fire hydrants will be located along the water mains route at Upper Landershute Road, Highlands Road, Mooloolah Road, Wilsons Road, and the southern water main branch near the Bruce Highway.

Cr Aldous said, "a workshop was held in February with representatives of the Eudlo, Ilkley, Palmwoods, Coochin Creek, Landsborough and Tanawha rural fire brigades to determine how many hydrants should be included and where they should be located along the new trunk and branch water mains."

"Time is crucial when it comes to refilling fire trucks and by placing the hydrants at the selected locations could mean the difference between losing or saving lives and property."

The AquaGen Water Mains Upgrade project will commence construction in May 2006 and is planned for completion in the first half of 2007, at which time access to the fire hydrants will be available.  

For more information about the project, you can phone the project information line on 1800 184 468.

Last Updated ( Friday, 01 September 2006 )
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