- Napthine Government delivers $789,000 CFA station upgrade at Main Ridge
- Emergency response capabilities boosted on the Mornington Peninsula
- Napthine Government building a better and safer Victoria
A new $789,000 CFA station has today officially opened at Main Ridge, boosting emergency response capabilities on the Mornington Peninsula.
Minister for Police and Emergency Services and Bushfire Response Kim Wells and Minister for Education and Member for Nepean Martin Dixon joined His Excellency General the Honourable Sir Peter Cosgrove AK MC at the opening of the new station, which Mr Dixon said would ensure Main Ridge is better protected.
“The Napthine Government is building a better and safer Victoria by increasing emergency response capabilities in Main Ridge and surrounding areas,” Mr Dixon said.
“Main Ridge station forms part of the Napthine Government’s $125 million commitment to build or upgrade hundreds of CFA stations across the state. This program has recently been completed on time and more than $5 million under budget.
“The savings demonstrate the Government’s credentials as strong financial managers, with these saving now being invested into better facilities.”
Mr Dixon said the station at Main Ridge replaced a building more than 40 years old, and has been completed ahead of the approaching fire season.
“Main Ridge’s 21 brigade members now have a modern base that will meet current and future needs, and our community has a great new resource they can utilise for meetings and other events,” Mr Dixon said.
Located at the intersection of Shands and Main Creek Roads, the new station features a three-bay motor room to accommodate all brigade vehicles, as well as car parking spaces, new kitchen and rainwater harvesting facilities.
“The local community have also been an integral part of delivering this new station, contributing $80,000 towards the project, which is a significant achievement and acknowledgement of Main Ridge CFA’s sustained service to our region.
Mr Dixon said the local community was already benefiting from increased frontline emergency services, with the Napthine Government delivering a station upgrade at Shoreham CFA station and new trucks at Dromana and Flinders.
“The Napthine Government has significantly bolstered community protection for our local area over the past four years,” Mr Dixon said.
Mr Wells said the Napthine 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 investment forms part of the Napthine Government’s unprecedented funding for the CFA, providing more than $2.29 billion since coming to office,” Mr Wells said.
“This financial year the CFA Budget is $457 million, $58 million more than it was when Labor left office, and in addition to millions of dollars of station upgrades, we have also invested more than $108 million to purchase 275 CFA trucks.
“Community safety is paramount, and the Napthine Government is delivering on our commitment to strengthen Victoria’s emergency services and ensure all Victorians and their families are better protected than ever before,” Mr Wells said.