EXTRACT FROM PARLIAMENTARY DEBATES HANSARD
Thursday, 16 April 2015
Mr WELLS (Rowville) — (Question 163) My question is to the Minister for Emergency Services. The Scoresby Country Fire Authority brigade in my electorate of Rowville urgently requires a larger, more modern station to improve emergency response capabilities for Scoresby and surrounding communities. The previous coalition government committed, if re‑elected, to fund a new $2.5 million station. The brigade is supported by 60 dedicated volunteers and attends 600 emergency call‑outs per year.
Funding of $2.5 million for such a redevelopment would provide for a new station to be built on the current site. A redevelopment would also allow for re‑engineering of the intersection of Sara Road and Ferntree Gully Road in Scoresby to allow for traffic lights and for brigade vehicles to safely use the major arterial Ferntree Gully Road. The new Scoresby station would have supplemented the coalition’s previous investment in delivering a new $5.84 million integrated station at Rowville. On behalf of the Scoresby Country Fire Authority brigade I ask the minister to match the coalition government’s funding commitments in the upcoming state budget.
UPDATED 4th May 2015
ANSWER FROM MINISTER FOR EMERGENCY SERVICES:
The Victorian Government greatly values the work of volunteer firefighters of the Scoresby Country Fire Authority (CFA) Brigade who selflessly devote their time and skills to promote the safety and wellbeing of the Scoresby, Knoxfield and Wantirna South community as well as providing support to surrounding CFA brigades at Boronia, Rowville and Ferntree Gully. The brigade also provides support to the Metropolitan Fire and Emergency Services Board (MFB).
The government has committed to a range of measures to better support firefighters, including the recruitment of 350 CFA career firefighters; new CFA stations and upgrades; installation of toilet and washroom facilities at up to 100 rural CFA stations; delivery of 50 Medium Tankers; and expansion of the Emergency Medical Response Program.
Furthermore, the government has committed to implementing presumptive legislation for career and volunteer firefighters.