28 November 2019

The Basin Fire Brigade has been prioritised by the CFA for a new station as the Victorian Government works to ensure hardworking volunteers have the facilities they need to protect and support the community.

Minister for Police and Emergency Services Lisa Neville announced that the project has been added to CFA’s five-year capital works program priorities, with the project being scoped and funded next year.

CFA is working closely with the local council to identify suitable land for the proposed new station.

This follows a community campaign by Member for Bayswater Jackson Taylor to get this guarantee, with 803 people signing a petition which was passed on to the Minister.

The Basin, which has a long, proud history, provides critical fire response to the Dandenong Ranges, which is one of the highest risk bushfire areas in Victoria.

Founded in the 1920s, the brigade’s members work tirelessly all year round to keep the community safe and respond to emergencies.

The brigade has over eighty volunteer members and as they continue to grow, so too does the need for a new station to cater for that growth and to recognise their importance to our community and ensure they have the best facilities possible to get on with their job.

The brigade is more than 90 years old, having supported the local community and Victoria during major emergencies, including Ash Wednesday.

The Andrews Labor Government is committed to giving CFA volunteers the facilities and equipment they need.

The government has provided almost $100 million in funding for training, equipment and infrastructure in the last three years.

Quotes attributable to Member for Bayswater Jackson Taylor

“The eighty plus volunteer members of The Basin CFA are amazing people who have answered the call each time for those in need, and that’s why I am so proud to have campaigned with them to deliver new facilities to allow this strong brigade to grow and continue to get on with their job”.

“In my humble view, The Basin CFA is The Basin, the two are intrinsically linked and they have proudly served us since 1927. This is one for the community, this is for every one of us who rely on our volunteer brigades”.

“Thank you to the community for getting behind my campaign and for getting behind this wonderful volunteer brigade. Now, time to get on with delivering it”.