A new $462,000 fire station at Kongwak will support a dedicated local CFA brigade with a long history of providing protection to Kongwak community.
Deputy Premier and Member for Gippsland South Peter Ryan was in Kongwak today to officially open the new Kongwak Fire Station and present service medals to 11 of the brigade’s 41 members.
Mr Ryan said the new Kongwak Fire Station featured modern facilities including a meeting room, kitchen, office, two engine bays and safer parking for members’ vehicles.
"The Coalition Government has invested $462,000 in building this new station, which includes improved meeting and training facilities to help the brigade build stronger links with the community and attract new volunteers.
“The new station replaces the outdated shed with a facility that better suits the needs of the brigade.
“It also provides brigade members with a more comfortable and modern base that will allow them to respond to any incidents in the South Gippsland area more effectively.”
While in Kongwak, Mr Ryan also presented service medals to Robert Grabham (60 years), Reginald Grabham (55 years), Arthur Grabham (35 years), Ray Holloway (30 years), Anthony Reade and Deidre Grabham (25 years), Nigel Braithwaite, Ross Olden, Ross Crawford and Burke Brandon (15 years), and Nicholas Stevens (10 years).
“The Kongwak Fire Brigade was formed in 1945 and its dedicated members have fought many of the state’s major fires including Black Saturday, Ash Wednesday, Coopers Creek and Wilsons Promontory fires,” Mr Ryan said.
“It is an honour to present medals to these dedicated members and a special mention must be given to Robert and Reginald Grabham who have served the CFA as volunteers for the past 60 and 55 years respectively.”
Mr Ryan said funding the new Kongwak Fire Station was part of the Coalition Government’s commitment to upgrading firefighting facilities and infrastructure across the state, including a $61 million committed in the 2013-14 Victorian Budget to replace dilapidated and ageing rural fire stations.
“The Coalition Government is delivering on its commitment to upgrade 250 CFA stations over our first term in government and we will continue to strengthen Victoria’s emergency services,” Mr Ryan said.
“We are proud of the vital work performed by CFA, one of the world’s largest volunteer organisations with more than 60,000 members – 98 per cent of them volunteers.
"CFA draws its strength from the dedication, professionalism and bravery of its volunteers.”
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