The Liberal Member for Northern Victoria Wendy Lovell has called on the Andrews Labor Government to fund the construction of a new fire station for the Rochester CFA.
In a constituency question to the Minister for Emergency Services Jaclyn Symes, Ms Lovell said the Andrews Labor Government’s funding to the CFA for new infrastructure was inadequate and she asked Ms Symes to allocate additional funding for the new Rochester station.
Ms Lovell said the recent State Budget allocated the CFA just $49.6 million to build new stations and upgrade some of its 1200 fire stations yet Fire Rescue Victoria were allocated $120.6 million towards just 85 stations.
In her contribution, Ms Lovell said the 48-volunteer Rochester Fire Brigade currently operated in a nearly 50-year-old station, with walls cracking from a 2011 flood, no change room facilities, and no showers.
Ms Lovell said it was unacceptable that there are no change facilities for volunteers, with female volunteers being forced to get changed in the station toilets and male volunteers being forced to get changed in the engine bay, often next to trucks rolling out to respond to an emergency.
Comments attributable to Member for Northern Victoria Wendy Lovell:
“While Rochester volunteers operate in a dilapidated station that is no longer fit for purpose, FRV members enjoy luxurious surroundings including fully equipped gyms, rec rooms, commercial kitchens and outdoor patio areas at new multi-million dollar FRV fire stations.
“The Minister needs to support the hard-working volunteers of the Rochester CFA by providing funding to build a new fire station that both they and the local community deserve.”
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