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28 May 2019

State Budget 2019: Port Fairy volunteers ignored by Labor

Daniel Andrews and Labor have ignored the Port Fairy’s CFA and SES volunteers, failing to deliver funding for new home bases for the vital services.

Both the CFA and SES bases are well below standard and both services, and the community, have agreed that a new joint base is the best way forward.

The fire station is 160 years old, is too small and has no changing facilities for female members, who make up nearly half of the brigade. It’s also too small for the newer style vehicles, meaning it’s a delicate task putting truck into and taking them out of the sheds.

The SES is at risk of being kicked out of their Sackville Street base which would leave the group without a home and leave the area between Warrnambool and Heywood without an active SES branch.

The building is also no longer suited for the role, has holes in the roof and is limited in space and in the busy summer tourist period often has access issues, delaying response times.

To date, Daniel Andrews and Labor have put up a sign where the proposed joint base will be located, but have delivered no funding.

The Liberal Nationals on the other hand committed to spend XX to build a new joint base ahead of the last state election.

Quotes attributable to Member for South West Coast Roma Britnell:

“The Port Fairy CFA and SES volunteers provide an essential emergency service not only to Port Fairy, but to other areas in the surrounding district. They deserve facilities that meet their needs.

“Daniel Andrews has so far put up a sign, there has been no money forthcoming and there is a real risk the Port Fairy SES will be left without a home base.

“True to form, the Labor government continues to disrespect the men and women who give up their time to provide essential emergency services for our community