Ballina's new fire station to be finished by late 2016

THE new Fire and Rescue station in Ballina will be complete by the end of 2016, with the state government promising to spend $2.4 million on the works in 2015-16.

Already underway, the government has spent $1,914,000 on the project to date, of the total $4,340,000 for the station.

Those funds form part of an $18 million program to build new, or upgrade existing, Fire and Rescue NSW stations across the state.

The 2015-16 budget released in Sydney on Tuesday will also provide another $17 million to replace ageing firefighting vehicle.

More than $12 million will also be available for local government grants to support the Rural Fire Service's infrastructure, $9.8 million will go towards a pilot program on using very large air tankers to fight bushfires.

The NSW Rural Fire Service will also get $7.9 million in 2015-16, as part of a four-year $31 million election pledge to improve rural fire public information systems, expand Rapid Aerial Response units and improve bushfire behaviour analysis.

- APN Newsdesk

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