Fund­ing an­nounced for Tatura fire station

The Tatura Guardian - - News - By Madeleine Cac­cian­iga

The An­drews Gov­ern­ment an­nounced $1.7 mil­lion in fund­ing last week for a new fire station at Tatura, de­liv­er­ing a ma­jor boost to emer­gency ser­vices in the Goul­burn Val­ley re­gion.

Mem­ber for North­ern Vic­to­ria Mark Gepp vis­ited Tatura Fire Brigade to an­nounce the fund­ing, with con­struc­tion to start in 2019 on a sec­tion of Tatura Race­course and Re­cre­ation Re­serve.

Mr Gepp said the new station would pro­vide a safer en­vi­ron­ment for the vol­un­teers and would help them re­spond quickly to fires and other emer­gen­cies.

‘‘The An­drews La­bor Gov­ern­ment is sup­port­ing our fire­fight­ers by giv­ing them the in­fra­struc­ture, equip­ment and train­ing they need to re­spond to emer­gen­cies and keep peo­ple safe,’’ he said.

The station has been funded out of the ad­di­tional $60 mil­lion the La­bor Gov­ern­ment an­nounced for the state’s fire ser­vices last Oc­to­ber.

‘‘The new station at Tatura will be a sig­nif­i­cant boost to fire ser­vices in the re­gion, giv­ing the Tatura Fire Brigade a mod­ern base from which they can re­spond to emer­gen­cies,’’ La­bor can­di­date for Shep­par­ton Bill Heath said.

The ex­ist­ing station on Casey St, which was built in 1971, will be left be­hind; the new station will have a range of­mod­ern fea­tures in­clud­ing a min­i­mum three-bay mo­tor room, turn-out ar­eas for vol­un­teers, mod­ern of­fices, a mul­ti­pur­pose room, dis­abil­i­ty­compli­ant ameni­ties and a work­shop.

The Tatura Fire Brigade cur­rently has 54 vol­un­teer mem­bers and re­sponds to about 115 in­ci­dents each year.

Happy with news: Mem­ber for North­ern Vic­to­ria Mark Gepp and La­bor can­di­date for Shep­par­ton Bill Heath cel­e­brate with Tatura CFAmem­bers and vol­un­teers.

Fire station funds: Mem­ber for North­ern Vic­to­ria Mark Gepp an­nounces $1.7 mil­lion in fund­ing for a new fire station at Tatura.

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