New home bid 'halfway' there

Historic Dunedin fire engines have found a new home.
The Dunedin Fire Brigade Restoration Society's old fire engines. PHOTO: ODT FILES
Dunedin businessman and city councillor Doug Hall still hopes to help the Dunedin Fire Brigade Restoration Society find a new, central city home.

The Hall Bros Transport owner said he had been working for some years to establish a new home for the society's appliances in Cresswell St, behind the Dunedin Railway Station.

"There's a lot of steps to take," he said.

"I'm halfway there."

Asked if he was seeking a more broadly collaborative approach, including other city groups which safeguarded various types of historic vehicles, he said the key point was simply "getting the finance together" to make the project work.

The new premises would allow the society's 17 fire appliances and other fire-related vehicles to be displayed in a more central location, and about 35 old farm tractors and trucks he owned could also be displayed in the same complex.

Mr Hall has provided a building in Burnside, on the Southern Motorway's Kaikorai Valley offramp, where the society stores and sometimes displays its appliances.

One drawback about the Burnside building was that it was difficult to display the historic fire engines, and "people have trouble" visiting and looking around, Mr Hall said.

Society president Joe Hayde said he was grateful for Mr Hall's continuing strong support, and the society was taking every chance to display its historic engines, including at the Brighton Gala Day and the South Dunedin Street Festival.

A new sign had been put up outside the building housing the fire appliances last month, and the society held an open day from 9am to 2pm each Monday.

The society was seeking the security of having a permanent home, where members of the public could walk around and see the old fire appliances.

"The biggest thing is having the security and having the machines housed in a warm and dry environment," Mr Hayde said.

Comments

Sammy's Night Club building has been vacant for quite some time. Perhaps that could make a suitable venue for displaying the fire engines, tractors and trucks.

 

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