• Victorian Coalition Government announces state’s 4th Community Fire
Refuge in Millgrove
• $1.45 million co-located CFA station and refuge
• Napthine Government committed to building a better and safer Victoria
A new $1.45 million CFA fire station at Millgrove in the Yarra Ranges Shire will also incorporate Victoria’s fourth Community Fire Refuge.
Minister for Police and Emergency Services Kim Wells, said the opportunity to build a CFA station as a dual-use facility would maximise the value of this important community infrastructure.
“Millgrove has been identified, by the Fire Services Commissioner, as a high bushfire risk area characterised by limited access and limited shelter options for the community,” Mr Wells said.
“Millgrove residents will soon have a last resort bushfire survival option in the event of a significant fire, as well as a new fire station that will boost community safety and improve facilities for local fire brigade
“This announcement demonstrates the ongoing commitment of the Napthine Government to fire services that support our hard working CFA volunteers and the communities they help to protect.”
The Millgrove Community Fire Refuge, with construction starting later this year, will join Victoria’s three other refuges including two adapted school buildings at East Warburton and Ferny Creek and the purpose-built
Blackwood refuge and CFA station.
“The Millgrove facility will be based on the design from the co-located CFA station and community fire refuge at Blackwood, in the Moorabool Shire,” Mr Wells said.
Mr Wells said these refuges are informing the creation of national performance standards and a design and construction handbook for building refuges across Australia.
“Victoria can be considered world leaders in the area of Community Fire Refuges, which will benefit not only Victorian communities but also other high bushfire risk communities around Australia and the world.”
State Member for Seymour Cindy McLeish welcomed the announcement for the local community.
“This is good news for Millgrove residents, and particularly the local CFA brigade which will receive a new fire station as part of the works to be undertaken,” Ms McLeish said.
Fire Services Commissioner Craig Lapsley said the CFA site on the Warburton Highway was a good option for the community and agencies would work closely with the Yarra Ranges Council to address any community needs.
“The provision of these last resort community shelter options are only considered when other options are extremely limited and Millgrove falls into this category,” Mr Lapsley said.
A designated Neighbourhood Safer Place at the Millgrove Recreation Reserve remains available for the community.
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