Fire station fight goes on
The Nationals Member for Gippsland South Danny O’Brien has vowed to continue fighting for the replacement of fire stations in Foster and Mirboo North despite the State Government not providing any funding.
Mr O’Brien said Foster and Mirboo North stations were outdated, cramped and not suitable for modern firefighters and needed to be replaced.
“I wrote to the Minister for Emergency Services Jane Garrett some months ago seeking funding for an upgrade of both these important stations. Unfortunately the response I received indicates that the government has no funding available for town brigade upgrades.
“That is very disappointing but it won’t stop me from continuing to fight to have these stations replaced,” Mr O’Brien said.
Mr O’Brien raised the matter in Parliament last week and has called on the Melbourne Labor Government to come to the party.
“I’ve spoken to the excellent volunteers at Mirboo North and Foster, as well as many other stations around the electorate, and I know how hard they work and the hours they put in to protect our communities,” Mr O’Brien said.
“It’s not unreasonable of them to want modernised fire stations which at the very least are capable of adequately housing their fire trucks, which at the moment is barely the case.”
Mr O’Brien said the Melbourne Labor Government seemed happy to do anything to appease the United Firefighters Union, but was less inclined to support country firefighters and in particular volunteers.
“Both the Foster Brigade Captain David Jones and Mirboo North’s group officer Mark Bourke raised these issues with me some months ago and I will continue to work with them and the community to ensure that ultimately we deliver on new fire stations in both these towns.”