Member for Bellarine Lisa Neville today announced $800,000 for the Leopold Fire Brigade had been handed down in this year’s State Budget.

The funding will ensure the brigade can now grow and be equipped with the facility it needs to protect the Leopold and wider community well into the future.

Ms Neville said that given the significant growth in population and infrastructure of Leopold over the last decade there was a now need to for an upgrade of the local brigade.

In recognising this, I have been working hard to ensure that funding for the Leopold Brigade was forthcoming as soon as was possible Ms Neville said.

She said that the  $800,000 funding will allow the CFA  and  the Leopold  Brigade to determine  the best and most effective options  for the brigade  to carry out  its duties  in protecting the local community well into the future.

Ms Neville said that the Bellarine was extremely well served by dedicated brigade’s right across the peninsula and the Leopold CFA was   no exception.

The Leopold CFA has served and protected the Leopold community for many decades with its current facilities and now is the time for the brigade to plan and build for the future. This budget announcement will allow for this to now begin, Ms Neville said.

I congratulate and thank the brigade and all its dedicated volunteer members for the magnificent work that they do and I know this funding is very much well deserved, Ms Neville concluded.