- Coalition Government will deliver a new $530,000 station for Walmer CFA
- The announcement forms part of the Coalition Government’s $125 million commitment to build new or upgrade CFA stations across the state
- Napthine Coalition Government building a safer Victoria
Minister for Police, Emergency Services and Bushfire Response Kim Wells and Liberal Candidate for Bendigo West Michael Langdon today announced a new $530,000 station for Walmer CFA.
Mr Langdon said the Napthine Government investment would bolster the emergency response capabilities in Walmer and surrounding areas.
“The new station forms part of the Coalition Government’s $125 million commitment to build or upgrade hundreds of CFA stations across the state, which has been completed on time and more than $5 million under budget, allowing additional stations such as Walmer to be upgraded,” Mr Langdon said.
“The savings demonstrate the Government’s credentials as strong financial managers, with the dividends of that now being put into better facilities.
“Only a Napthine Coalition Government can consistently deliver these significant projects on time and under budget. In contrast, Labor has a clear record of waste and mismanagement with myki, the failed desal plant and the north-south pipeline.
“The upgrade will also ensure a higher level of protection to our volunteer firefighters who perform a critical role responding to fires and other emergencies in the region.”
Mr Langdon said the local community was already benefiting from increased investment in frontline emergency services, with the Napthine Government delivering station upgrades at Axedale, Marong, Bendigo, Harcourt, Murphy’s Creek and Sutton Grange.
“In addition, new trucks have been delivered to Bridgewater, Kamarooka, Mosquito Creek, Bendigo, Golden Square and Maiden Gully,” Mr Langdon said.
“The Napthine Government has significantly strengthened community protection for our local area over the past four years, and we won’t stop there.”
Mr Wells said the Napthine Coalition Government had worked hard to deliver significant investments for the region’s emergency services.
“CFA brigades are the heart of regional communities and I am proud to make this announcement with Michael who has assisted to deliver this significant new station that will ensure Walmer is fire ready,” Mr Wells said.
“Since 2010, $2.29 billion in funding has been provided to Victoria’s fire agencies, more than any previous government.”
Mr Langdon said this financial year the CFA Budget is $457 million, $58 million more than when Labor left office in 2010.
“Community safety is paramount, and the Coalition Government is delivering on our commitment to strengthen Victoria’s emergency services and ensure all Victorians and their families are better protected,” Mr Langdon said.