The Liberal Member for Northern Victoria Wendy Lovell has thrown her support behind the Currawa Fire Brigade, calling on the Andrews Labor Government to fund the construction of a new station for its volunteers.
In a constituency question to the Minister for Emergency Services Lisa Neville, Ms Lovell sought an immediate allocation of funding to replace the current station which no longer meets the requirements of the brigade’s growing membership.
The Currawa brigade which is on the grounds of Dookie College is currently on the Tanker Replacement Program but would not able to receive a new vehicle because the current station is not even big enough to house a new tanker.
Ms Lovell recently visited the station with Captain Paul Prater to find the station also without any change facilities, no meeting room and no storage areas, including no clean areas for breathing apparatus despite it being a BA brigade.
Comments attributable to Member for Northern Victoria Wendy Lovell:
“The current Currawa Fire Station is simply not up to standard and although it is on the Tanker Replacement Program, any new vehicle would be unable to be delivered until a new station is built because the current station is too small to house a new tanker.
“The Currawa brigade is growing its membership with young women from nearby Dookie College joining its ranks and they should have a modern, fit for purpose station that allows them to properly protect their local community.
“The Minister needs to act and provide immediate funding to build the new fire station that the Currawa volunteers and the local community deserve.”
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