Volunteer firefighters at St Leonards Fire Brigade will benefit from an $800,000 funding commitment in the 2018-19 Victorian Budget.

Member for Bellarine Lisa Neville visited the brigade today to announce the commencement of the redevelopment of the fire station.

St Leonards Fire Brigade was founded in 1943, and currently has 19 volunteer members. It protects the neighbouring townships of St Leonards and Indented Head.

The current station no longer meets the needs of the growing residential populations in St Leonards and Indented Head, which more than double in size during the summer holiday period.

Ms Neville took the opportunity at today’s announcement to thank the volunteers for their dedicated service to the community.

She said she looked forward to working with the brigade and CFA management to find an appropriate site for a modern, fit-for-purpose station.

Today’s announcement is part of the Andrews Labor Government’s $43 million Budget commitment to upgrade and build new CFA, Victoria State Emergency Service and Life Saving Victoria facilities.

Other funded CFA projects include a new $13 million integrated fire station in Craigieburn, $2.8 million to acquire land for a new station to protect Armstrong Creek and surrounding communities, and $2.5 million to upgrade Moe’s fire station.

Volunteers at the Mount Macedon and Carlsruhe brigades will also receive station upgrades, thanks to budget allocations of $1.6 million and $600,000 respectively.

The Budget also allocates $10 million to the Emergency Services Volunteer Sustainability (ESVS) grants program, which provides training and development grants for emergency service volunteers.

Quotes attributable to Member for Bellarine Lisa Neville

“The volunteers at St Leonards Fire Brigade have a proud history of responding to emergencies and keeping people safe.”

“Today’s funding announcement is a significant contribution towards redeveloping the fire station, ensuring the brigade will continue protecting the St Leonards and Indented Head communities for many years to come.”

“I congratulate all brigade members, as this $800,000 commitment is just reward for their years of dedicated service.”