Napthine Government Announces New Cfa Station And Tanker For Clematis

• New CFA station for Clematis under a re-elected Napthine Government
• New Tanker for Clematis CFA under a re-elected Napthine Government
• Victorian Coalition building a better and safer Victoria

Clematis CFA today welcomed news that a re-elected Napthine Government will deliver almost $1.25 million for a station re-build and new tanker to better protect the local community.

Minister for Police and Emergency Services and Bushfire Response Kim Wells joined Member for Gembrook Brad Battin to announce that a re-elected Napthine Government was committed to delivering enhanced facilities for the dedicated volunteer brigade.

“The Napthine Government is committed to building a better and safer Victoria by ensuring Gembrook is better protected from the threat of fires and other emergencies than ever before,” Mr Wells said.

“Today’s announcement will fund construction of a new $900,000 station and a $350,000 medium tanker and will significantly boost emergency response capabilities in Gembrook.

“Clematis Fire Brigade has been involved in nearly every major fire around Victoria and even some interstate. This new station and tanker will strengthen their ability to respond to all of these emergencies.”

Mr Battin said Clematis CFA services an area that is located in a high fire danger area and requires enhanced facilities to better protect the local community.

“The new station and tanker will ensure a higher level of protection to volunteers who perform a critical role responding to fires and other emergencies in the Dandenong Ranges,” Mr Battin said.

Clematis CFA responds to more than 100 callouts each year and has 38 dedicated volunteers. The commitment was welcomed by brigade captain Jarryd Miller who said it will ensure the brigade can offer a safer workplace for all his volunteers.

“The members all work hard and are committed to protecting the community, and we look forward to new equipment and training areas that will enhance our own personal safety,” Captain Miller said.

“The brigade is always ready, having undertaken many hours of training, and now we will have a state-of-the-art medium tanker to complement the light tanker we acquired thanks to a $100,000 Coalition Government Volunteer Emergency Services Equipment Program grant earlier this year.”

Over the past four years the Coalition Government has bolstered community protection in the local area, with new trucks in Cockatoo, Toomuc, Yellingbo and Upper Beaconsfield.

In addition, there have been station upgrades at Berwick, Hillcrest, Pakenham, Pakenham Upper, and Yellingbo, as well as the announcement of a new station and Community Fire Refuge at Wesburn-Millgrove.

“Our community is already benefitting from increased police numbers, additional ambulance hours and the new Emerald Police Station delivered by the Napthine Government,” Mr Battin said.

“This announcement of a new CFA station and new tanker under a re-elected Coalition Government complements the improved services we are already seeing delivered here.”

Media contact: Jess Jackson 0437 422 048 jessica.jackson@minstaff.vic.gov.au