Napthine Government announces new $290,000 station for Earlston CFA

  • Napthine Government will deliver a $290,000 station for Earlston CFA
  • This announcement forms part of the Coalition Government’s $125 million commitment to upgrade CFA stations across the state
  • Napthine Government building a safer Victoria

Minister for Police, Emergency Services and Bushfire Response Kim Wells and Nationals Candidate for Euroa Steph Ryan today announced that the Napthine Government will deliver a new $290,000 station for Earlston Country Fire Authority (CFA).

“The Napthine Government is building a better and safer Victoria by bolstering emergency response capabilities in Earlston and surrounding areas,” Ms Ryan said.

“The station forms part of the Coalition Government’s $125 million commitment to build or upgrade hundreds of CFA stations across the state, which has been completed on time and more than $5 million under budget.

Ms Ryan said the savings demonstrate the Government’s credentials as strong financial managers, with the dividends of that now being put into better facilities.

“Only a Coalition Government can consistently deliver these significant project savings. In contrast, Labor has a clear record of waste and mismanagement with myki, desal and the north-south pipeline.”

“This means additional stations like Earlston will be state-of-the-art, which is a huge boost for our region’s emergency services.

“This will also ensure a higher level of protection to our volunteer firefighters who perform a critical role responding to fires and other emergencies in the region,” Ms Ryan said.

Ms Ryan said the local community was already benefiting from increased frontline emergency services, with the Napthine Government delivering station upgrades at Seymour DMO and Wandong.

“In addition, new trucks have been delivered for Kilmore and Tallarook,” Ms Ryan said.

“The Napthine Government has significantly bolstered community protection for our local area over the past four years.”

Liberal Candidate for Euroa Tony Schneider said the Victorian Coalition Government had worked hard to deliver significant investments for the region’s emergency services.

“CFA brigades are the heart of regional communities and I am proud to make this announcement with Steph who has helped to deliver this significant new station which will ensure Earlston is fire ready,” Mr Schneider said.

“Since 2010, $2.29 billion in funding has been provided to Victoria’s fire agencies, more than any previous government.”

Mr Wells said this financial year the CFA Budget is $457 million, $58 million more than when Labor left office in 2010.

“Community safety is paramount, and the Coalition Government is delivering on our commitment to strengthen Victoria’s emergency services and ensure all Victorians and their families are better protected,” Mr Wells said.