- Napthine Government fulfils its 2010 election commitment to deliver 250 CFA station upgrades across Victoria
- The station upgrades have been completed on time and under budget and will mean additional stations will now receive upgrades
- Coalition Government building a better and safer Victoria
The Napthine Government marked another major milestone for Victoria’s emergency services, delivering on its 2010 election commitment to build or upgrade 250 CFA stations across Victoria, Minister for Police and Emergency Services and Bushfire Response Kim Wells has announced.
“The Napthine Government is proud to announce we have fulfilled our $125 million commitment to upgrade hundreds of CFA stations across the state, and completed the project on time and under budget,” Mr Wells said.
“We are absolutely committed to bolstering Victoria’s emergency services and have a proven commitment to providing the almost 60,000 CFA volunteers with the resources and infrastructure they need to keep Victorians safe and enhance their own personal safety.
“The Coalition Government is building safer communities to ensure Victoria is now better protected from the threat of fires and other emergencies than ever before.”
Mr Wells joined Liberal Candidate for Macedon Donna Petrovich at Romsey CFA station to mark the 250th station upgraded as part of the program.
“Thanks to strong financial management, the Napthine Government has once again delivered a program under budget,” Mr Wells said.
“We have completed the program more than $5 million under budget, and this means additional stations will now receive funding for essential upgrade works.”
Mr Wells said the Government would continue to work with the CFA to identify which brigades would receive funding, with further announcements to be made in the coming weeks.
Ms Petrovich welcomed the $626,000 Romsey station upgrade for the 49-strong member brigade, which has been serving the community for more than 70 years.
“This upgrade will significantly boost emergency response capabilities for our region, with the brigade regularly attending a variety of incidents including wild and structure fires, motor vehicle accidents and special service calls,” Ms Petrovich said.
“Responding to around 90 callouts each year, this upgrade is essential and will ensure the volunteer brigade can meet the needs of our growing community for many years to come.”
Mr Wells said the Coalition Government was proud of the vital work performed by the CFA.
”Since 2010, $2.29 billion in funding has been provided to the CFA, more than any previous government,” Mr Wells said.
“This financial year the CFA Budget is $457 million, $58 million more than when Labor left office in 2010. “Under a Napthine Government, Victoria’s emergency services are better prepared and resourced than ever before.
“Victorian’s have a clear choice. Only the Napthine Government can be trusted to manage the economy, and to build the infrastructure and deliver the frontline services Victorians need,” Mr Wells said.
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