EXTRACT FROM PARLIAMENTARY DEBATES HANSARD
Country Fire Authority station upgrades
Tuesday, 26 May 2015
Mr WELLS (Rowville) — This statement condemns the Andrews Labor government and the Minister for Emergency Services for outrageously claiming as their own previously funded and announced coalition government Country Fire Authority (CFA) brigade projects.
The minister’s recent press release dated 24 April boasts of the Andrews Labor government providing more than $3.85 million to fund building works and other projects at CFA brigades across Victoria. The government’s release further claims that new fire stations will be built in Walmer and Earlston and that upgraded facilities will be provided for the Barjang, Kyneton, Narre Warren, Yeungroon, Frankston and Welshpool brigades. The statement further claims that the Labor government will also give $600 000 to Skye CFA and that Montrose CFA will receive $30 000.
The truth of the matter is that the Napthine coalition government announced on 9 November last year that it had successfully fulfilled its $125 million 2010 election commitment to deliver 250 new and upgraded CFA stations. As a result of good financial management the completed program saved $5 million, which meant that additional stations could receive funding for essential works. The coalition allocated the $5 million budget savings to a further 18 stations. Lo and behold, all the stations detailed by the Andrews government in its media release, except for Frankston, were on the list of 18 already funded by the coalition government.