October 27, 2014

LABOR TO BUILD NEW BUNINYONG FIRE STATION

An Andrews Labor Government will build a new station for the Buninyong CFA, supporting our hard working firefighters and keeping the community safe.

Shadow Minister for Emergency Services, Wade Noonan, joined local Labor MPs Geoff Howard and Sharon Knight at the Buninyong CFA station this morning to announce Labor’s $1.5 million plan.

Local firefighters have called for a new fire station on a larger site. The existing station, almost 60 years old, is crowded and run down. Volunteers meet and train in a re-used portable building.

Mr Noonan visited the station with Mr Howard earlier this year to hear from firefighters about Denis Napthine’s cuts to the CFA and the need for a new station.

Quotes attributable to Mr Noonan:

“Rather than support the local CFA, Denis Napthine cut funds and made their job harder.”

The least we could do for our hard working firefighters and volunteers is build clean, safe and modern facilities.”

Quotes attributable to Mr Howard:

“This brigade has a proud history that’s almost 150 years old, but that’s no reason to stay in a rundown building.”

“Labor has listened and Labor will deliver, because the safety of our community matters.”

Key Fact

  • Labor $1.5 million plan will fund the acquisition of a larger site and the construction of a new station to ‘2A standard’.
  • Buninyong Fire Brigade has served the local community for over 142 years.
  • The current station in Learmonth St was built in 1956. An old shire portable building was added at the rear of the station in 1995 to provide extra space for volunteers to meet and train.