New CFA and SES building complex opens in Marong
• Victorian Coalition Government opens new $1.3 million co-located CFA fire station and SES building unit in Marong
• The new CFA-SES complex will allow for enhanced coordination between SES, CFA and other emergency services during emergencies
• Coalition Government building a better and safer Victoria
The opening of a new CFA fire station and SES building unit in Marong will boost emergency response capabilities in the City of Greater Bendigo.
Minister for Police and Emergency Services and Bushfire Response Kim Wells, joined by Members for Northern Victoria Region Amanda Millar and Damian Drum said the new emergency services complex was a joint initiative between CFA and SES to increase their capacity to protect the community.
“The new complex will see Marong become a hub for emergency services management in Bendigo’s booming west,” Mr Wells said.
“This new $1.3 million complex will mean CFA and SES will be better equipped to respond to emergencies and protect the lives and property of the rapidly increasing population in Marong.”
The new complex replaces a 45-year-old building, and ensures the brigade and unit are well equipped to perform their critical work, now and into the future.
The CFA brigade boasts a three bay appliance room with fully motorised roller doors, kitchen facilities, toilets and multi-purpose areas. It also features improved training facilities, which will assist the brigade to build stronger links with the community and attract new volunteers.
The SES component of the complex would provide improved facilities for local members with extra storage for operational equipment, a dedicated training area and a communications room with a separate controller’s room.
Mr Drum welcomed the new complex for the local community and acknowledged the work of the local SES and CFA members.
“The Victorian Coalition Government recognises the dedication and service of the CFA brigade unit and its 46 brigade members as well as the SES and its 25 members who will work alongside firefighters and provide an equally critical service,” Mr Drum said.
Mr Wells said that the new CFA-SES complex would allow for enhanced collaboration and coordination between the SES, CFA and other emergency services during emergencies.
“The Coalition Government is committed to ensuring CFA and SES have the latest tools and resources needed to support the community and prepare for and respond to emergencies,” Mr Wells said.
“Emergency services volunteers are the backbone of Victoria’s emergency response.”
The Coalition Government committed $61 million in the 2013-14 Victorian Budget for the replacement and upgrade of 142 rural stations across the state.
Ms Millar said the Coalition Government has also awarded more than $2 million to SES for equipment and resources under the Volunteer Emergency Services Equipment Program (VESEP).
“The investment fosters growth in rural and regional Victoria and builds on the Coalition Government’s significant work to strengthen Victoria’s emergency services,” Ms Millar said.