Member for Narracan, Gary Blackwood, today announced a re-elected Napthine Government will commit $3.5 million to deliver a new administration and incident control centre for the Country Fire Authority (CFA) and Department of Environment and Primary Industries (DEPI) in Warragul.
“The Napthine Government is building a better and safer Victoria and enhancing emergency response capabilities for Warragul and surrounding areas,” Mr Blackwood said.
“This is a major investment which will fund the fit-out of the new incident control centre and lease arrangements, and I welcome this announcement for our community if the Napthine Government is re-elected.”
In making the election commitment, Mr Blackwood said the delivery of a new shared incident control centre would mean better responses to emergency incidents by both agencies.
‘Both the CFA and DEPI do an excellent job in protecting our community, particularly during major incidents where agencies are often required to work together,’ said Mr Blackwood.
‘By committing to a shared incident control centre, we are ensuring that both CFA and DEPI have the best resourced centre possible to help deal with management of those incidents.
“This is a significant investment for our region’s emergency services which will promote better coordination between emergency services agencies during major fires and other incidents.”
Mr Blackwood said the announcement of the centre was the next step for agencies in the region and built on the Victorian Coalition’s commitment to delivering better resources for CFA and DEPI which had been a key focus of its first term in Government.
‘We’ve made a number of significant steps in reforming the way our fire services in Victoria are funded with the delivery of the Fire Services Levy as well as delivering key infrastructure projects for agencies throughout the Narracan Electorate.
Commitments and delivered projects in Narracan include;
- $800,000 commitment to acquire land for a new Moe CFA Station (committed to if re-elected);
- $2m for a level 3 incident control centre at Erica for DEPI (delivered);
- $352,600 for new CFA Station at Thorpdale (delivered);
- $670,000 for new CFA Station at Erica (delivered);
- $100,000 for new light tanker at Newborough (delivered); and
- $100,000 for new light tanker at Yarragon (delivered).
‘We’re committed to the CFA and have delivered record investment in 2014-15 of $457 million, $58 million more than Labor’s last Budget in 2010,’ said Mr Blackwood.