The Nationals commit to new fire station for Mirboo North
Mirboo North’s hard-working CFA volunteers will get a new fire station under an elected Liberal-Nationals Government, The Nationals Member for Gippsland South, Danny O’Brien has announced.
Mr O’Brien told brigade members at Thursday night training that The Nationals and Liberals will commit $2.1 million to build a new station to replace the current cramped, outdated facility.
“I am so proud to be making this announcement that we will build a new station for Mirboo North. Our volunteer firefighters do so much for the local community and they need to have modern, up-to-date facilities that are fit-for-purpose.
“This new facility will be a better place for the volunteers to operate from and will help them better protect the Mirboo North community.”
The $2.1 million investment by The Nationals will see a new, four-bay station constructed on a site close to the existing station in Burchell Lane. The new facility will include enough space for offices, communications room, training room and local command facility, as well as outside space for rescue training given Mirboo North is a road accident rescue brigade.
Soon after getting elected in 2015 Mr O’Brien visited the station to see first-hand why it needed replacing.
“The current station is not big enough to adequately cater for modern trucks, with firefighters forced to change in limited space right next to the trucks which is dangerous. It’s also over several floors meaning it’s not disability compliant, there’s limited onsite parking for volunteers and the facility is generally not fit for purpose in 2018.”
Mr O’Brien said the Andrews Labor Government had ignored his requests for funding for a new station for three years while disrespecting volunteers in its attempts to appease the United Firefighters Union.
“Labor has shown no respect for our volunteer firefighters and has failed to deliver for Mirboo North. The Nationals will ensure Mirboo North CFA has a modern facility that suits their needs and helps protect the local community.”
Mr O’Brien said the announcement was the first election commitment from any candidate in South Gippsland Shire.
Caption: The Nationals Member for Gippsland South, Danny O’Brien, with Mirboo North fire brigade volunteers in their station at the announcement that The Nationals will build a new station for Mirboo North if elected on November 24.
20 April 2018