Parliament told of need for new Broadford CFA station
12 June 2015
Friday 12 June 2015
Member for Euroa and Deputy Leader of The Nationals Steph Ryan has raised the need for a new CFA station at Broadford with Emergency Services Minister Jane Garrett.
In Parliament this week Ms Ryan asked the Minister whether she intended to meet with Broadford CFA to discuss their need for funding.
Ms Ryan said the former Coalition Government had committed $1.2 million to acquire land and build a new CFA station in Broadford prior to the election last year but since Labor’s election, the money had disappeared.
"Labor's failure to commit money to this project is a real setback for the community," Ms Ryan said.
"The Broadford fire station is one of the oldest on the state. It's falling down around the brigade's ears.
“The brigade has served the community exceptionally well for more than 80 years and the some 50 volunteers who dedicate their time to keeping the community safe deserve a hearing from the new government.
“Each year the brigade responds to about 160 call outs ranging from motor vehicle accidents to grass fires. Demands on the brigade are only going to increase as a result of traffic on the Hume Freeway."
Broadford Fire Brigade Lieutenant Jay Martin said the brigade had been fundraising hard for the last two years in order to upgrade vehicles and equipment, with the hope of making it safer for members and improving response capacity for the community.
“The community of Broadford is expected to grow significantly over the next 10 to 20 years and we need the replacement station so we can attract, retain and grow our membership,” Mr Martin said.
“Our current station was built in 1958 and the land it is located on is inadequate to be able to site a suitably sized replacement station that will accommodate our vehicles and specialist equipment.
“We also need to have the ability to allow our members to be trained “off public roads” which is a safety issue for us currently.
“A replacement station will allow Broadford to meet the needs of our community and the broader public into the future.”
Ms Ryan said she was hopeful the Minister would respond to calls for funding and meet with brigade members.
“The Minister is now fully aware of the vital need for funds to upgrade the station,” she said.
“I trust she will respond accordingly and work with me to ensure Broadford CFA has the facilities it needs to continue servicing the community so commendably.”