Lower Beechmont firefighting water tank installation

  • Project typeEnvironment
  • Project scheduleOctober 2023 to March 2024 (weather permitting)
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To improve bushfire safety in the Lower Beechmont area, we are installing 4 new water storage tanks for firefighting at 2 strategic locations.

Two tanks will be installed along Bottletree Lane. The other two tanks will be installed in Syd Duncan Park near the corner of North Road and Outlook Avenue. We have carefully selected the locations in consultation with the Lower Beechmont Rural Fire Brigade to improve operations after lessons learned fighting the 2019 Black Summer fires.

Construction details

Bottletree Lane

  • Minor ground levelling and installation of two 20-kilolitre water tanks were completed in 2023

Syd Duncan Park

  • Construct an asphalt driveway and turning circle for rural and urban fire trucks. The driveway will be secured with locked park gates to restrict unauthorised access
  • Install two 20-kilolitre water tanks on a concrete pad
  • Install stormwater catchment to direct water runoff away from private property
  • Install privacy hedging behind the concrete pad to screen the tanks from private property
  • Installation starting in January 2024 for approximately 6 weeks, weather permitting
  • Once installed, an artistic mural will be painted on the tanks in Syd Duncan Park, acknowledging everyone involved in the 2019 Black Summer fires

Public impact during construction

During the works, there will be an increase in truck movements at Syd Duncan Park.

  • Traffic controllers will be directing traffic close to the works and the speed limit will be reduced to 40kph
  • There will be some general construction noise, dust and vibration

We will do our best to minimise disruptions and thank you in advance for your patience.

Benefits for the community

  • Increased water supply for firefighting so the Lower Beechmont Rural Fire Brigade can improve initial response times during unplanned fire events
  • Improve safety and enhance bushfire resilience in the Lower Beechmont community
  • Minimise traffic congestion to major roadways during unplanned fire events with better access and egress for firefighting appliances

Location

19 Outlook Avenue, Lower Beechmont 4211  
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