Construction is officially underway on the new CFA fire station at Portarlington, delivering a significant boost to fire services in Victoria’s Bellarine Peninsula.

Member for Bellarine Lisa Neville today turned the first sod of what will be a state-of-the-art station, with completion set for July this year.

The $2.1 million Victorian Government-funded project has seen the demolition of the previous station at the same site.

Portarlington’s previous station was built in 1959 and was no longer meeting the needs of its members, who are committed to protecting their community.

Portarlington’s current population of about 3500 permanent residents increases to more than 20,000 during major events and the summer holiday period.

The new station will be a modern three-bay drive-through station with a workshop, storage room, change rooms, large meeting room and brigade and district offices.

The expanded premises will also contain a protective equipment room, as well as a hose drying tower and a pumping pit in the rear yard.

The brigade services not only the Portarlington community, but regularly supports surrounding brigades and the many vineyards in the local area.

While the new station is being completed the brigade has relocated to a local church property with appliances housed in a secure yard.

Quotes attributable to Member for Bellarine Lisa Neville

“Firefighters at Portarlington do a fantastic job protecting the community and this new station will give them the space and facilities they need to enhance the area’s emergency response capabilities.”

“The Victorian Government is supporting our emergency services personnel by giving them what they need to save lives and to protect property.”

“Portarlington Fire Brigade has been serving the local community since 1950, and this new station will help our local CFA members continue their outstanding work.”