The Barwon Heads fire brigade will soon have the expanded facilities they need to continue to keep the community safe, with significant upgrades to the Sheepwash Road station scheduled to be completed by the end of June.
Works are almost finished on the $510,000 upgrade of Barwon Heads fire station, in what will be a significant boost for the CFA brigade and community.
The project was funded through a $250,000 investment by the Victorian Government and an impressive $210,000 in community funding from the brigade. CFA also contributed $50,000 through their Base Capital Works program.
The project, which began in March, is delivering:
- An additional engine bay for current and future community needs
- Male and female turn-out rooms, and
- Important upgrades to power, water and CFA communications and data services.
These upgrades will ensure the brigade can provide the best possible emergency response to the local community and surrounding areas. Service delivery to the community has not been impacted during construction.
The government contribution was delivered through the $60 million Fire Services Statement (FSS) package, announced in late 2017.
The FSS package includes the $10 million Enhancing Volunteerism Grants Program, which supports vital equipment and facility upgrades, as well as local initiatives to strengthen volunteerism and brigade culture; and $50 million of funding towards further infrastructure upgrades for brigades.
The government has provided almost $100 million in additional funding for CFA infrastructure and training over the last four years, with CFA’s budget now at record levels.
Barwon Heads is a volunteer brigade with a proud history of serving the local community, both in responding to emergencies and providing vital education opportunities and community events.