Morrisons Country Fire Authority (CFA) volunteer fire station in the Shire of Moorabool will be replaced under the $126 million CFA capability funding as part of the Victorian Government’s Fire Services Reform.
Member for Buninyong Michaela Settle today announced that $600,000 will be invested in a new building for Morrisons.
The new building will include improved amenities for volunteers of all genders and provide greater access and facilities for members with disabilities, and include areas for meetings, training and other relevant needs.
Under the replacement program, facilities in Morrisons will be modernised to provide adequate motor room space to accommodate their vehicles and emergency appliances.
The new station at Morrisons will replace a 40-year-old building which lacks basic operational support facilities and is inadequate to safely accommodate the vehicles and equipment.
The $126 million funding package was announced under the government’s Fire Services Reform in June 2020 to provide the CFA with greater capability in critical areas, such as funding for new volunteer training programs in health and safety and leadership and 50 new dual cab appliances with burn over defensive systems.
It also includes funding for a trial of respiratory equipment to protect volunteer firefighters from the harmful effects of bushfire smoke, new personal protective clothing for every active operational volunteer firefighter, as well as a range of station support measures.
This builds on the $100 million in additional funding the CFA has already received in the last four years to modernise its fleet and infrastructure.
“$600,000 will be used to build a new shed for the community of Morrisons. Not only is this a shed for CFA fire trucks and equipment but it’s a meeting place for the community,” Ms Settle said.
“The new station at Morrisons will better prepare and protect our communities and will also help the station recruit new members as it will have all the facilities they need.
“Our CFA volunteers work tirelessly to protect their communities, so it’s important that they have the facilities they need to support the fire response.”