The Gippsland South community will be better protected with a new $250,000 fire station at Binginwarri.
Member for Gippsland South and Minister for Police and Emergency Services Peter Ryan said the fire station was an investment in the safety of the community and recognition of the dedication and bravery of the Jack River brigade’s 44 members and volunteers.
“The new fire station is an important investment in the safety of the community and will mean the local Jack River CFA Brigade is better equipped to deal with the threat of fire,” Mr Ryan said.
“The station boasts a two bay motor room, multi-purpose areas, toilets and plenty of storage, and water tanks, vital for rainwater harvesting to provide additional resources for firefighting.
“It also has new improved meeting and training facilities, which will enhance and strengthen the brigade’s relationship with the community and help attract new volunteers.
“The South Gippsland region presents a diverse challenge for firefighters with sprawling countryside, mountainous terrain as well as diverse industries including aviation, oil and gas, and agriculture.
“The local CFA protects these natural and industrial assets – and most importantly the lives of those who live and work in the region.
“The brigade attends approximately 10 incidents each year and played a vital role in fighting deadly fires across the Gippsland region in February 2009, when more than 25,000 hectares burnt at Churchill.”
Mr Ryan said that the CFA’s 60,000 members - 98 per cent of whom were volunteers - were leaders in Victorian communities and dedicated to protecting lives and property.
“CFA draws its strength from the dedication, professionalism and bravery of its volunteers,” he said.
“Local agencies such as Jack River CFA are the backbone of Victoria’s emergency service response.
“The Victorian Coalition Government has allocated almost $57 million to emergency services, including $22.9 million to build or upgrade rural fire stations across the state.”
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Peter Ryan MLA
Member for Gippsland South | Deputy Premier
Minister for State Development | Minister for Regional and Rural Development