Member for Western Victoria
Derryn Hinch’s Justice Party

Aireys Inlet CFA Station Funding

Mr GRIMLEY: My constituency question is to the Minister for Police and Emergency Services. A CFA volunteer in my electorate recently met with my office in regard to funding the new fire station at Aireys Inlet. The land for the new station has been bought, so the argument for necessity has already been recognised by the CFA. This constituent has stated that a new station is desperately needed based on the inadequacy of the current station, the high summer population and the fire risk to the area. This was proven by recent bushfires in the Otways, which is very close to Aireys Inlet, and the Christmas Day fires just a handful of years ago. The Aireys Inlet volunteer brigade plays a critical role in the community and also services neighbouring and wider regions. The station’s current location means that the brigade cannot meet its target for turnout and response to emergencies as it is situated in an area where many brigade members are unable to arrive within their prescribed times. Simply put, Aireys Inlet needs a new station, especially with our ever-growing bushfire seasons. My question is: can the minister explain if funding has been assigned to the build of the new station, and if so, when will this build begin and be completed?


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