Construction has started on the new $6.6 million Bushfires NT Headquarters in Acacia Hills in the Northern Territory, with works expected to run over a 12 month period.

Local company C&R Constructions was awarded the contract last month, which is expected to support more than 30 jobs in the region.

C&R Constructions Managing Director, Caleb Gotts, said that as a local company C&R Constructions recognises the value of the new infrastructure to Top End rural communities.

“The Acacia Hills Bushfires NT Headquarters project adds to the company’s construction commitments over the next 12 months and helps ensure that the company can continue to invest in building the capacity of our committed workforce, dedicated contractors and suppliers,” Mr Gotts said.

The new Headquarters will support 35 Bushfires NT staff and approximately 350 volunteers. This is a significant investment in the rural area and will strengthen relationships with rural landholders, volunteers and service providers.

Once complete the new facility will bring Bushfires NT staff from Winnellie and Batchelor together under one roof making it easier to respond to, and manage bushfire emergencies to keep the community safe.

The new Headquarters will include:

  • An Incident Control Room
  • Modern office accommodation
  • A radio operations room
  • Volunteer training room
  • A large workshop
  • An appliance bay
  • A vehicle wash-down bay
  • Quick fill capability for firefighting vehicles
  • Operational and support areas
  • Infrastructure and service connections for future expansion
  • Solar panels and sectioned air-conditioning to reduce operational costs and greenhouse gas emissions

Minister for Infrastructure, Planning and Logistics, Eva Lawler, said the project is a significant investment into community.

“In order for us to effectively manage bushfires across the Territory our Bushfires NT staff and volunteers need the right facilities to keep our community safe,” Ms Lawler said.

“Our volunteers and Bushfires NT staff do an amazing job protecting our community and I am proud to be able to make it easier for them to keep protecting our community.”