Parliament told of Strathbogie CFA needs
08 August 2018
Strathbogie CFA’s need for a new fire station was highlighted in Parliament this week.
Member for Euroa and Deputy Leader of The Nationals Steph Ryan raised the need to relocate the town’s CFA station after locals expressed concern about the amount of space available to the brigade during her mobile office visit last week.
“Strathbogie CFA are a dedicated and active brigade but they are running out of space,” Ms Ryan said.
“The current station was built in the 1970s and when both tankers are inside, members can’t even open storage cupboards because it’s such a tight squeeze.
“Strathbogie’s nearest brigade is over half an hour away which means they can’t always rely on fast backup.
“Volunteers want to upgrade their small tanker to be better equipped but they have nowhere to put it.
“As it is, the brigade’s ultralight is stored in a neighbour’s garage.”
Ms Ryan said Victorian communities relied on CFA and it was vital the government helped brigades meet their equipment and infrastructure needs.
“It is difficult to imagine what communities like Strathbogie would do without their CFA brigade,” Ms Ryan said.
“Volunteers give hours of their time training, maintaining equipment and turning out to fires and other events to protect their community.
“Unfortunately the city-centric Andrews Labor Government has done nothing but undermine community safety by waging a war on volunteers over the past four years.
“I will continue to work with brigades across the Euroa electorate to ensure our volunteers are valued and our communities are protected,” Ms Ryan said.