Myrtleford CFA station

Wednesday 13 December 2017, Mr McCurdy (Ovens Valley): My adjournment matter is for the Minister for Emergency Services, and the action I seek is that the minister provide funding for the Myrtleford Country Fire Authority (CFA) station as soon as practical.

Myrtleford is a hardworking, strong community in the Ovens Valley. It is primarily a timber town; however, tourism is on offer and is growing annually, and it is now a very diverse town that has many strings to its bow.

The majestic Mount Buffalo overlooks the Ovens River and the Myrtleford region, and there is an extremely high ratio of state-owned land to privately owned land.

The community have a CFA station that is over 30 years old and no longer meets the needs of the fantastic volunteers who serve this community.

A site has been identified which is ideal for a new building, and it already houses some of their vehicles due to the lack of room to do so at the current fire station.

I ask that the minister prioritise the new Myrtleford CFA station for immediate construction. This community has had a difficult year and is looking for community support and government support to ensure that the Myrtleford CFA is well positioned to fight fires and protect their community, as they did during the potential floods recently.

The Myrtleford CFA is placed extremely well to ensure that the new CFA building would be a wonderful investment in this community.

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