An artist’s impression of what the new Riddells Creek fire station will look like at a proposed new site at Riddells Creek Recreation Reserve, next to the Scout Hall on Sutherlands Road. ​

The Country Fire Authority, CFA, and Macedon Ranges Shire Council are seeking feedback on a proposal to move the Riddells Creek fire station.

The CFA has proposed moving the fire station, which is currently on Main Street, as it no longer meets the needs of the brigade.

The CFA identified an alternative site with more space at the Riddells Creek Recreation Reserve, next to the Scout Hall on Sutherlands Road.

The new station will be located on Crown land managed by council and will be subject to a lease agreement with the CFA.

Riddells Creek fire brigade captain Michael Hemingway said the station had truly passed its use-by-date, with the existing site nearing 40 years old.

He said the brigade was in support of the proposal, which could provide opportunities for new equipment to be housed at a new station.

“It will provide the ability for us to get new trucks, so as a brigade we actually had a truck roll off the production line with our name on it that actually didn’t fit into the existing station,” he said

“We’ll be able to get that, and obviously it sets up for the next 20 to 30 years to be able to support the community.”

The CFA requires a minimum of 3500 square metres with a minimum frontage of 55 metres for a new station.

The location needs to be central to residences for current and future members to access, with easy access to the main road network.

There also needs to be compliance with the CFA Service Delivery response time criteria and the site needs to have visibility to the community and scope to provide for future growth and expansion. 

Mayor Annette Death said the new station design would provide a building that aligned with current design standards and addressed the shortcomings of the current facility, including the ability to accommodate three fire trucks side-by-side with drive-through, and dedicated change, meeting and administration areas.

Cr Death said council was considering the CFA’s proposal and wanted feedback from the public.

“We’re working with the recreation reserve user groups, and we’d like to also hear from the public,” she said.

“Please complete our short survey or come along to a drop-in session and share your views – we would like to hear from as many people as possible.”

People can view a map of the proposed site plan and other sites considered, as well as submit feedback, by visiting mrsc.vic.gov.au/yoursay or calling 5422 0333. Submissions close December 23.

The results of the community feedback will be presented at a council meeting in early 2023.