Small fire brigades deserve a better deal
The Nationals Member for Gippsland South, Danny O’Brien has called on the Andrews Labor Government to provide better facilities for small local fire brigades.
Mr O’Brien was commenting after visiting the Winnindoo Rural Fire Brigade which is seeking a replacement station for its clearly inferior current facility.
“Winnindoo brigade captain Manaia O'Donnell invited me to come and have another look this week to see first-hand how poor their station is,” Mr O’Brien said.
“Winnindoo basically has a tin shed with a few benches around the walls with no modern amenities.
“There are no change rooms, no meeting room, no air conditioning or heating and the only toilet is a port-a-loo wedged at the back outside.
“The Winnindoo brigade might be small, but has around 20 active members who do a great job protecting our community and they deserve modern, fit-for-purpose facilities. At the moment they clearly don’t have that.
“The brigade has also recruited a number of women in recent years and has no facilities for them.
“If the Andrews Labor Government is truly interested in supporting CFA volunteers then they should be backing a new station for Winnindoo. I have written to the Minister for Emergency Services requesting they do so.
“The immediate past captain has offered free land immediately opposite the current station, which is a significant contribution to costs for the CFA.”
Mr O’Brien has been campaigning for some years for new stations at Yarram, Foster and Mirboo North, but the Andrews Labor Government has put no money into new CFA infrastructure.
“I’m aware Yarram is number one on the District 10 infrastructure wish list and Winnindoo is number two. It’s time Labor stepped up and supported these important fire brigades.”
The Nationals Member for Gippsland South, Danny O’Brien with Winnindoo Rural Fire Brigade Captain Manaia O'Donnell and former captain and current volunteer John Hooper.