Coalition Government commits $2 million to build dedicated emergency services memorial

  • A re-elected Napthine Government will commit $2 million towards a memorial to honour and recognise Victoria’s emergency services personnel
  • Site for new memorial identified near the Sidney Myer Music Bowl
  • Coalition Government proudly supporting Victoria’s emergency services

A re-elected Napthine Government will establish an emergency services memorial in the heart of Melbourne to honour the dedication and bravery of Victoria’s emergency services personnel, especially those who have given their lives.

Minister for Police and Emergency Services and Bushfire Response Kim Wells said a re-elected Coalition Government would provide $2 million towards the memorial, with the project to be further supplemented by the private sector and donations.

“The memorial will acknowledge the important work of our emergency services and reflect on their significant contribution to Victoria, while recognising the bravery and capacity of the men and women who comprise these services,” Mr Wells said.

“The new memorial will be dedicated to all of Victoria’s emergency services including the Metropolitan Fire Brigade, Country Fire Authority, VicSES, Life Saving Victoria, Ambulance Victoria and the Department of Environment and Primary Industries (DEPI), and will be situated in an easily accessible, tranquil location in Melbourne.”

The emergency services memorial project is the culmination of extensive consultation and work led by Mr Mike Brady AM in conjunction with Deputy Premier Peter Ryan, The Right Hon. Lord Mayor of Melbourne Robert Doyle and respective stakeholders and emergency services agencies.

Mr Wells said a suitable location for the new memorial has been identified near the Sidney Myer Music Bowl in Melbourne.

“If re-elected this November, the Napthine Government will make strong representation to The City of Melbourne, through the Lord Mayor Robert Doyle, to approve this location,” Mr Wells said.

“The memorial will be a place where Victorians can come together to share their grief, their hopes and prayers and to pay special tribute to those who have demonstrated their commitment to all Victorians, often in the most difficult and challenging of circumstances.

As part of the design phase of the memorial, consultation will occur with Victoria’s emergency services, including the Victoria Emergency Service Association and Volunteer Fire Brigades Victoria.

“The Napthine Government is proud to support this dedicated memorial project in recognition of the outstanding commitment of our emergency services personnel who help to make Victoria a safer place.”
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