New and upgraded fire stations at Mt Helen and Ballarat officially opened

  • Napthine Government delivers more than $1.1 million in CFA station upgrades at Mt Helen and Ballarat
  • Emergency response capabilities boosted for Ballarat and surrounding    areas
  • Coalition Government building a better and safer Victoria

More than $1.1 million in new and upgraded CFA stations at Mt Helen and Ballarat have been officially opened today, strengthening emergency response in Ballarat and surrounding areas.

Minister for Police and Emergency Services and Bushfire Response Kim Wells said the investments build on the Napthine Government’s commitment to make Victoria a safer place.

“Community safety is paramount and the Coalition Government is doing its part to build on the investments that have already been made to bolster Victoria’s emergency services,” Mr Wells said.

“The new $621,000 Mt Helen CFA station forms part of the Coalition Government’s $125 million commitment to build or upgrade 250 CFA stations across the state, and with 245 stations now complete, we are well on track to deliver our commitment by the end of this month.

Liberal candidate for Buninyong, Ben Taylor and Nationals candidate Sonia Smith, and Member for Western Victoria Simon Ramsay welcomed the new stations and said the new and upgraded facilities would strengthen the emergency response capabilities for the region.

“These upgrades provide hardworking firefighters with the latest specialist equipment and resources and ensure a higher level of protection to volunteers who perform a critical role responding to fires and other emergencies,” Mr Taylor said.

“These investments have promoted growth and created jobs, keeping the economic benefits of the project in the region, and also ensured Mt Helen and Ballarat brigades have the necessary infrastructure to meet community needs,” Mr Taylor said.

“Ballarat Fire Brigade has a proud history of serving its community for more than 150 years, responding to around 600 calls per year, and providing a road accident rescue services to the greater Ballarat region,” Ms Smith said.

“CFA stations are the heart of regional communities and I am delighted that the Coalition Government has delivered on its $869,000 commitment to upgrade Ballarat station which will provide brigade members with better amenities and meet current and future needs,” Ms Smith said.

Mr Wells said the Coalition Government has a proven and strong commitment to supporting the CFA and its firefighters who play a critical role in Victoria’s emergency response.

“This financial year the CFA Budget is $457 million, $58 million more than it was when Labor left office,” Mr Wells said.

“In addition to millions of dollars of station upgrades, we have also invested more than $108 million to purchase 275 CFA trucks.

“The Coalition Government’s significant investments in Victoria’s fire services and the broad suite of emergency management reforms that have been introduced over the past four years have helped to ensure Victoria is now better protected.”

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