The Liberal Member for Northern Victoria Wendy Lovell has called on the Andrews Labor Government to allocate funding to build a replacement fire station in Golden Square.
Raising the matter in State Parliament recently, Ms Lovell sought a commitment from Emergency Services Minister Lisa Neville to allocate urgent funding to identify and purchase suitable land and construct a new fit for purpose fire station for brigade members and the wider Golden Square community.
The Golden Square Fire Brigade is one of the oldest original brigades in Victoria, having been established in 1887 and officially opened at its present location in 1909. The current station does not meet the standards expected to deliver a modern firefighting service, with the engine room too small to house all of the brigade’s emergency vehicles. The station has inadequate changeroom facilities for both male and female members, no disability access, paint is peeling throughout the station and large cracks are present in many of the building’s walls.
The station’s High Street location has also raised safety concerns, with members forced to reverse returning fire trucks into the station off the busy thoroughfare, resulting in unacceptable safety risks for both volunteers and the general public.
In her contribution, Ms Lovell said members of the Golden Square Fire Brigade had waited long enough for a modern, fit for purpose station to be built and the Minister needed to step in and allocate funding for the new station.
Comments attributable to Member for Northern Victoria Wendy Lovell:
“The volunteers at the Golden Square Fire Brigade work hard to keep their community safe, responding to between 225-300 callouts per year. With the building over 110 years old, the station has many structural deficiencies and suffered a partial collapse of the roof caused by heavy rain during a storm in July.
“The Minister must act now to procure suitable land in Golden Square and build the new station.”
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