- Napthine Government delivers more than $1.2 million in CFA station upgrades at Hepburn and Mollongghip
- Emergency response capabilities boosted for Central Victoria and surrounds
- Coalition Government building a better and safer Victoria
More than $1.2 million in new CFA fire stations have today been officially opened at Hepburn and Mollongghip boosting emergency response capabilities in central Victoria.
Minister for Police and Emergency Services and Bushfire Response Kim Wells said the upgrades would provide both stations with enhanced facilities for brigade members and would increase community protection.
“The Napthine Government is building a better and safer Victoria to ensure Hepburn and Mollongghip are better protected from the threat of fires and other emergencies,” Mr Wells said.
“Both stations form 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.”
Mr Wells was joined at the opening by Member for Northern Victoria Amanda Millar and Liberal Candidate for Macedon Donna Petrovich, who said the new $873,000 Hepburn CFA station was a significant investment that would strengthen the emergency response capabilities for the region.
“CFA stations are the heart of regional communities and I am delighted that the Coalition Government has delivered on its commitment to build a new station in our local area,” Ms Petrovich said.
“New facilities will ensure a higher level of protection to volunteers who perform a critical role responding to fires and other emergencies.
Liberal candidate for Ripon Louise Staley and Nationals candidate for Ripon Scott Turner, joined Mr Wells and Member for Western Victoria Simon Ramsay at the opening of the Mollongghip CFA, which has been serving the local community for more than 70 years.
“This project has employed local builders, keeping the economic benefits within our region which is fantastic news for local businesses,” Ms Staley said.
“The investments have promoted growth and created local jobs, and ensured that the brigade has the necessary infrastructure to meet community needs.”
“Mollongghip station will provide our hardworking firefighters with the latest specialist equipment and resources to increase protection for our region,” Mr Turner said.
During the official opening at Hepburn and Mollongghip, Mr Wells also acknowledged a number of service award recipients.
“The government is proud of the vital work performed by the CFA, whose almost 60,000 members help protect 3.3 million Victorians and more than one-million homes and properties across the state,” Mr Wells said.
“I congratulate all recipients who have received service awards today and commend all volunteers for their commitment and dedication to make Victoria a safer place.”
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.”
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