A re-elected Coalition Government to fund relocation of Cobram SES and CFA

  • A re-elected Coalition Government will fund relocation of Cobram SES and CFA to a new site
  • Only a re-elected Coalition Government will ensure Cobram is better protected from the threat of fires and other emergencies
  • Napthine Government building a better and safer Victoria

Minister for Police, Emergency Services and Bushfire Response Kim Wells and State Member and Nationals candidate for Ovens Valley Tim McCurdy today announced that a re-elected Coalition Government will provide funding to buy the land to relocate the Cobram SES and CFA to a new site.

Mr McCurdy said the $200,000 commitment by a re-elected Coalition Government was vital to ensure the region’s emergency services could grow to meet community needs.

“The Napthine Government is building a better and safer Victoria which will  ensure Cobram is better protected from the threat of fires and other emergencies than ever before,” Mr McCurdy said.

“Cobram and the surrounding community are continuing to expand and both the CFA and SES have outgrown their current locations.

“Only a re-elected Coalition will help secure both agencies with a new home and ensure they are better equipped to respond to emergencies and protect lives and property in Cobram.”

Mr McCurdy said the SES Unit’s 34 volunteers attend around 80 callouts each year and currently house vital specialist equipment and vehicles at a private property. The Cobram 40-strong CFA brigade responds to around 130 callouts each year while working from a station more than 55 years old.

“Moving to a new site will create an emergency services hub for Cobram that better accommodates its members who provide such a a critical service to our community,” Mr McCurdy said.

Mr McCurdy said today’s election announcement builds on the millions of dollars invested by the Coalition Government over the past four years to enhance emergency response capabilities for the region.

“Ovens Valley is already benefiting from increased frontline emergency services, with the Coalition Government delivering new trucks for Cobram, Cobram East and Boosey, Killawarra, Oxley Flats, Tarrawingee, Wangaratta, Wilby and Yarroweyah,” Mr McCurdy said.

“In addition to more trucks, the Coalition Government has also delivered infrastructure upgrades for Bundalong, Everton, Killawarra, Muckatah, Oxley Flats, Peechelba, Whorouly and Yabba North.

“This funding  enhance the collaboration and coordination between the SES, CFA and other emergency services during emergencies to bolster community protection for Cobram.”

Mr Wells said emergency services volunteers are the backbone of Victoria’s emergency response.

“This financial year the CFA Budget is $457 million, $58 million more than when Labor left office in 2010. The 2014-15 SES Budget is more than $50 million,” Mr Wells said.

“Only a Coalition Government will ensure our emergency services are equipped with the tools and resources they need to keep Victorians safe.”

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