June 30, 2014

Labor Shadow Emergency Services Minister Visits Buninyong Fire Station

Labor Shadow Minister for Police and Emergency Services, Wade Noonan joined Local Member Geoff Howard in visiting Buninyong Fire Station today.

Meeting with Don Kelly Region 15 Director, Bernie Fradd Region 15 Operations Manager, Marc Canaan Buninyong CFA Captain and other Buninyong CFA volunteers, they were advised that the present buildings are aged and would need to be replaced in coming years.

It was also noted that the present site was too small for a new Fire Station and a new site would have to be found.

Captain Marc Canaan showed Wade around the Buninyong CFA and discussed the future needs of the Buninyong CFA. Regional Manager Don Kelly acknowledged that the current station is listed for replacement and the CFA would explore the option to build a new 2A station on a greenfield site.

For this to happen negotiations would need to take place with the City of Ballarat and the State Government to explore possibilities for location on Council or Crown Land.

Mr Noonan said that he was pleased to see the Buninyong Station first hand and to hear from Buninyong Brigade menbers and the Regional Staff of their plans for the future.

“I look forward to having further discussions over the coming months and will have more to say before the November election” he said.

Mr Noonan and Geoff Howard also met with Stephen Warren SES Regional Director.

Mr Stephen Warren discussed SES demands and future options for growth in the region.

Mr Noonan explored the option of possible co-location with the CFA in future rebuilding options with the possibility of any new station in Buninyong becoming a joint CFA SES
facility.

“Co-location of emergency service providers is often a very beneficial option and I will be pleased to discuss this as an option for Buninyong as well as for other sites around the
State”.

“I will have more to say about these options and would like to think that, if Labor is elected to government later in the year we can make some significant progress to support our hard working emergency service personnel” concluded Mr Noonan.

Mr Howard said that he was pleased that Mr Noonan now had a personal appreciation of the opportunity for a new emergency services facility in Buninyong.

“Labor build the new police Station here in our last term and I will be strongly advocating for a new fire station, possibly as part of broader emergency services hub here in Buninyong” he said.

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