Emergency Services Gippsland South Parliament

O’Brien fights for Yarram Fire Station rebuild

The Nationals Member for Gippsland South Danny O’Brien has highlighted the need for Melbourne Labor to provide funding to rebuild the Yarram Fire Station in State Parliament.

Mr O’Brien said the current facility was outdated and in need of replacement.

"The station is rapidly becoming unusable with respect to the brigade’s current vehicles and volunteers face a number of practical and OHS issues.

“At present, there is not enough room for volunteers to move around in the shed when the truck is inside and there aren’t adequate facilities for fire fighters to get changed and organised when there is a callout,” Mr O’Brien said.

“Last time I raised the issue of what funding was available for local stations to be upgraded or rebuilt, Emergency Service Minister Jane Garrett gave no indication that any funding was available from the government for these capital upgrades.

“The Nationals, in government, knew the important role volunteer fire fighters play in protecting our community and provided funding for several stations throughout the electorate to be rebuilt or upgraded, including those at Wurruk, Rosedale, Kongwak, Poowong, Koonwarra and Carrajung.

“This funding provided our dedicated volunteers with stations that had adequate storage, change rooms, training and offices that enabled them to carry out their job in a safe manner.”

Mr O’Brien said it was disappointing to now see Melbourne Labor not recognising the importance of providing CFA fire fighters with the necessary facilities and equipment they need to save lives and property.

“I have asked the Minister to explain when funding for a new Yarram station will be available and what alternatives there may be.

"In addition, Labor promised to introduce presumptive legislation for all firefighters, including volunteers, that would make it easier to access compensation for certain types of cancers contracted from their work, but now Daniel Andrews is stalling.

“I will not support Labor introducing an unfair system that favours some firefighters over others,” Mr O’Brien said.

“I recently visited a number of stations across the electorate to catch up with volunteers, speak with them about the legislation and sign a pledge that states that I will only support legislation that gives all fire fighters equal access to compensation.”

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