A re-elected Napthine Government to fund new $6 million Wodonga CFA station

  • A re-elected Napthine Government to build a new $6 million Wodonga integrated CFA station
  • Investment will fund the purchase of land and construction of a new station to enhance emergency response capabilities in a growing regional city
  • Napthine Government building a better and safer Victoria

Minister for Police and Emergency Services and Bushfire Response Kim Wells and Member for Benambra Bill Tilley today announced a re-elected Napthine Government will commit $6 million to build a new integrated CFA station in Wodonga.

“The Napthine Government is building a better and safer Victoria and enhancing emergency response capabilities for Wodonga and surrounding areas,” Mr Tilley said.

“The new station will replace a building that is more than 35 years old and ensure Wodonga’s 20 career firefighters who are supported by around 60 volunteers, have access to the latest specialist equipment and resources to increase protection for our region and boost their own personal safety.

“Responding to around 600 callouts each year, for bushfires, structure fires, motor vehicle accidents, and chemical spills, this new facility will provide an important infrastructure asset that will protect life and property for our growing regional city for years to come.”

Mr Tilley said the election commitment built on the Napthine Government’s proven track record in delivering significant investment in better resources for Victorian communities, which has been a key focus over the past four years.   “During 11 years of Labor, CFA firefighters in Wodonga were given no certainty apart from two false promises,” Mr Tilley said.

“Only a re-elected Coalition Government will deliver this major investment for Wodonga, which will fund land acquisition and construction of a new station for the integrated brigade.

“The Coalition Government’s significant reform in Victoria’s emergency services including the Fire Services Levy as well as key infrastructure projects throughout the Benambra electorate has bolstered community protection for our local area, and we won’t stop there.

“The Benambra electorate is already benefiting from increased frontline emergency services, with the Coalition Government delivering new trucks for Baranduda, Bonegilla, Kiewa, Leneva, Old Tallangatta, Stanley, Sandy Creek, Tallangatta, Wodonga West and Wodonga.”

In addition to more trucks, the Coalition Government has also delivered infrastructure upgrades for Beechworth, Berringama, Biggara, Bullioh, Burrowye, Cornishtown, Dartmouth, Eskdale, Gundowring, Kiewa, Leneva, Tallangatta and Nariel Valley.

Mr Wells said under the Napthine Government, Victoria’s emergency services had been strengthened by more than 200 extra CFA career firefighters.

“These 206 extra recruits are providing crucial support to the almost 60,000 CFA volunteers who work across more than 1,200 brigades protecting their fellow Victorians,” Mr Wells said.

“This significant boost to Victoria’s firefighting ranks reflects the Coalition Government’s unwavering commitment to increasing community protection across regional and rural Victoria.

“In addition to the extra firefighters, we have also provided more funding to the CFA than any previous Government.

“Under a Napthine Government, Victoria’s emergency management response is better prepared and resourced than ever before,” Mr Wells said.

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