May 5, 2015  |  Members Statements

Country Fire Authority Millbrook and Smythesdale brigades

Mr HOWARD(Buninyong) — Over the last two weeks I have been pleased to attend events held by two of my Country Fire Authority (CFA) brigades, Smythesdale and Millbrook, as well as an event at SEM Fire and Rescue in Ballarat.

On the first two occasions I was pleased to be joined by the Minister for Emergency Services to hand over keys to a new tanker for the Scarsdale satellite of the Smythesdale brigade and also for the Ballarat and Sebastopol brigades. More recently I was able to hand over keys to a new tanker to Luke Reynolds, the captain of the Millbrook brigade. It was also pleasing to be present for the presentation of service awards to many members of the brigades, with two members of the Millbrook brigade, Dave Downey and Keith Howard, receiving 55-year service medals.

Clearly the government, the whole community and I value the contributions made by our CFA volunteers, both older members who have plenty of experience and younger members who will become important brigade members in the years ahead. That is why the Andrews government has again committed to supporting CFA brigades in today’s budget, with $3.5 million allocated to purchase 70 new trucks, including 20 that will be built at SEM in Ballarat. They will be modern, low-maintenance tankers designed in Ballarat, which will provide jobs for people in Ballarat.