The Liberal Member for Northern Victoria Wendy Lovell has called on the Andrews Labor Government to provide funding to construct a new fire station in Yarrawonga.
During an adjournment debate in State Parliament recently, Ms Lovell asked the Minister for Emergency Services Lisa Neville to allocate urgent funds to a new fit-for-purpose station on the site of the current station.
The Yarrawonga Fire Brigade has been protecting the Yarrawonga community for over 125 years and the existing station was opened in 1993. Ms Lovell recently visited the station, finding the facility too small to house vehicles and equipment and lacking any changeroom facilities for volunteers.
The station has been subject to two separate internal CFA inspections which have both deemed it not suitable for refurbishment or extension. However, because of its central location the brigade is adamant it wants to stay on the current site.
In her contribution, Ms Lovell said the current Yarrawonga Fire Station no longer met the requirements of modern-day firefighting and urged Ms Neville to find a solution which will see the new station built on its existing site.
Comments attributable to Member for Northern Victoria Wendy Lovell:
“The existing Yarrawonga Fire Station is simply not suitable for modern-day firefighting. It is not OH&S compliant, there are no changeroom facilities for its volunteers and is too small to house a new pumper due to be allocated to the brigade.
“The Yarrawonga Fire Brigade has served the community for over 100 years and its volunteers deserve a modern, fit-for-purpose station to continue their wonderful work.”
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