Deputy Premier and Member for Gippsland South Peter Ryan officially opened the new Nambrook CFA Station and presented service awards to local brigade members today.
Mr Ryan said the Nambrok CFA provided a valuable service to the community and the new $230,000 station would better support the work of brigade members.
“For the residents of Nambrok and the surrounding region, this new station represents an investment in the safety of the community,” Mr Ryan said.
“Nambrok brigade’s 12 dedicated members work tirelessly to protect life and property and I am confident that the new station will serve the brigade for many years to come.”
Mr Ryan said the Nambrok brigade had made a significant contribution to major fires across the state since it formed in 1942.
“During the 2009 Black Saturday fires, Nambrok’s captain formed part of the Rosedale strike team and the local truck was used when the Rosedale truck was out of action,” Mr Ryan said.
“The new station includes improved meeting and training facilities, a two-bay motor room, three car parking spaces, a toilet and rain water-harvesting facilities providing a modern space that will better support the CFA activities.”
Mr Ryan congratulated Nambrok brigade members who received service medals at the event.
“I congratulate the Nambrok CFA members who have 135 years of collective service to the local community and to Victoria,” Mr Ryan said.
“The CFA is one of the world’s great volunteer organisations and it’s important to recognise the great work and dedication of CFA members.”
Mr Ryan said the Victorian Coalition Government had allocated $57 million in the 2012-13 Budget to continue improvements to Victoria’s emergency services infrastructure.
“Funding in the Budget includes $22.9 million to build or upgrade rural fire stations over the next 12 months, which is part of the Coalition’s commitment to build or upgrade 250 CFA stations during our first term of government.”
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