Push to keep Broadford CFA on the radar
04 September 2015
Member for Euroa and Deputy Leader of The Nationals Steph Ryan has vowed to keep fighting for an upgrade for a new station for Broadford CFA.
Ms Ryan said she had raised the need for a new station at Broadford in Parliament in June however she was not satisfied with the government’s response.
“The Broadford CFA is one of the oldest in the state and its station is in urgent need of replacing,” Ms Ryan said.
“The previous Coalition Government had allocated $1.2 million to acquire land and build the new station but since Labor’s election, the funding has evaporated.
“Emergency Services Minister Jane Garrett has indicated that Broadford is included in the CFA’s three-year capital works program.
“Given the state of the station, works are required more urgently.
“The government’s inaction is a setback for the volunteers who dedicate so much time and energy in protecting the local community.”
Ms Ryan said Labor’s response was disappointing considering the recent increases in Fire Services Property Levy (FSPL) rates across Victoria.
“FSPL rates in the Mitchell Shire have risen 8.8 per cent under the new Labor Government,” Ms Ryan said.
“I find it amazing that Labor is gouging an additional $42.1 million from Victorian property owners in FSPL tax, yet it is dragging its heels on upgrading one of the oldest CFA stations in the state.
“I have made the government well aware of the needs of volunteers at Broadford CFA and I urge the Minister to actively support them,” Ms Ryan said.