The Liberal Member for Northern Victoria Wendy Lovell has renewed calls for the Andrews Labor Government to fund the construction of a new fire station for the Kinglake West Fire Brigade.
Speaking during the adjournment debate in State Parliament recently, Ms Lovell again sought a commitment from Minister for Emergency Services Jaclyn Symes to replace the existing building, which is nearing 50 years of age and no longer meets the requirements of a modern fire service.
Ms Lovell raised the need for a new station with the then Emergency Services Minister Lisa Neville in August 2019, detailing the many hazards for volunteers caused by the station’s infrastructure, including members regularly at risk of being hit by arriving and departing vehicles due to the small engine room.
In her latest contribution, Ms Lovell said it was sad that more than two years later, the station remained in the same condition and the Kinglake volunteers, who played a crucial role in the Black Saturday bushfires, have been left to wonder when they will receive the new station they need and deserve.
Ms Lovell said she had been informed that the Kinglake West brigade currently sat at tenth or twelfth on the priority list for a new station and called on Ms Symes to prioritise funding to build a new station.
Comments attributable to Member for Northern Victoria Wendy Lovell:
“The Kinglake West Fire Brigade, whose members played such a heroic role during the Black Saturday bushfires have been completely ignored by the Andrews Labor Government.
“It is unacceptable that the current condition of the Kinglake West Fire Station is putting volunteers at risk whilst they work to protect their community and I call on Ms Symes to step up and prioritise funding to deliver them the new station they deserve.”
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