- Deputy Premier opens new Poowong CFA station
- Local firefighters can better protect lives and save property from the threat of fire
- Coalition Government is delivering record investments in regional and rural infrastructure
The Victorian Liberal Nationals Coalition Government has invested more than $400,000 to build a new CFA station at Poowong, increasing the capacity of local firefighters to protect lives and save property from the threat of fire.
Deputy Premier and Member for Gippsland South Peter Ryan was in Poowong today to open the new $434,000 Poowong CFA station.
“The Coalition Government is proud to support CFA members by providing them with the facilities and equipment they need to save lives and property,” Mr Ryan said.
“This new, modern three-bay fire station has improved meeting and training facilities.
“It also provides space for the brigade’s response trailer, which was previously housed at a brigade member’s property.
“The new Poowong CFA station will ensure the Poowong Fire Brigade is well equipped to perform its critical work now and into the future.”
Mr Ryan said the new CFA station would help attract and boost membership at the unit, which has 37 members who attend about 60 calls each year.
“The Poowong Fire Brigade has provided an invaluable service to the communities of Poowong, Loch and Nyora since it was formed 132 years ago,” Mr Ryan said.
“It has played a vital role in protecting the local community and the people of Victoria during some of the state’s biggest fires, including the Black Saturday fires in 2009.
“The Coalition Government is proud of the vital work performed by the CFA and we will continue to support them.”
Mr Ryan said the new Poowong CFA station had been funded through the Rural Fire Station project and highlighted the Coalition Government’s ongoing commitment to build and upgrade rural fire stations.
“Since 2010, the Coalition Government has provided the CFA with more than $1.84 billion,” Mr Ryan said.
“This financial year the CFA Budget is $446 million, $47 million more than what was provided by the former Labor Government during its last year in office.
“We have also invested more than $125 million over the past three years to build 250 new or upgraded CFA stations across the state, a record infrastructure investment for the CFA.
“The Liberal Nationals Coalition Government’s record investment is strengthening Victoria’s emergency services.”
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