A new $570,000 CFA station will increase the capacity of firefighters to protect lives and save property in Lancefield and surrounding areas.
Minister for Police and Emergency Services and Minister for Bushfire Response Kim Wells, was joined by local Member for Northern Victoria Region Amanda Millar and Liberal candidate for Macedon Donna Petrovich to officially open the new CFA station.
“This is a significant upgrade for the brigade that has been using a 27 year old building as a base, and ensures the Lancefield brigade is well equipped to perform critical work now and into the future,” Mr Wells said.
“CFA members now have improved facilities, increasing their capacity to perform vital work responding to emergencies locally and across the state.”
Mr Wells said the new fire station had been funded through the Rural Fire Station project and highlights the Victorian Coalition Government’s ongoing commitment to build and upgrade rural fire stations in communities across the state.
“The Coalition Government is proud to support CFA members, providing $535,000 to build the new Lancefield CFA station, with the brigade contributing a further $35,000 towards the project,” Mr Wells said.
“The Government has invested more than $125 million over the past three years to fulfil its commitment to build 250 new or upgraded CFA stations across the state.”
Ms Millar welcomed the new fire station for the local community and acknowledged the work of the local CFA brigade.
“The Coalition Government recognises the dedication and service of the Lancefield CFA brigade unit and its 56 brigade members who have provided a critical service for the local community and surrounding areas for more than 80 years,” Ms Millar said.
The new facility includes new changing rooms and space to house a forward command vehicle and trailer.
Mr Wells said the Coalition Government had a strong commitment to providing firefighters with the resources and support they need to do their job.
“Since coming to office in 2010, the Coalition Government has provided the CFA with more than $1.84 billion. This financial year the CFA Budget is $446 million, $47 million more than under the last Labor budget,” Mr Wells said.
“The Coalition Government recently announced another significant boost to the CFA’s emergency response capabilities, investing more than $29 million in the purchase of 78 new vehicles.
“Investments such as the Lancefield fire station foster growth in rural and regional Victoria and build on the government’s significant work to strengthen Victoria’s emergency services,” Mr Wells said.