A NEW fire station in Valencia Creek was officially opened on Sunday, boosting emergency response capabilities for the region.
Eastern Victoria MLC Andrew Ronalds opened the new $184,000 fire station on behalf of Police and Emergency Services Minister and Bushfire Response Minister Kim Wells.
Mr Ronalds said the 73-year-old Valencia Creek brigade had benefitted from state government’s commitment to provide $125 million during the past three years to build or upgrade 250 fire stations across the state.
He said the funding would enhance emergency response capabilities for the people of Valencia Creek and surrounding areas.
“With work on 230 of these stations now complete, we are well on track to deliver this program by November,” Mr Ronalds said.
The funding received by the Valencia Creek brigade has replaced a 22-year-old building, and the new facilities will cater for the brigade’s current and future needs.
Mr Ronalds said local builder DJ Young Constructions was engaged to work on the project and the use of local subcontractors meant a high percentage of the $184,000 had been spent locally, providing a boost to the local economy.
“The new station will improve the safety and service of Valencia Creek Fire Brigade and provide its 48 members with enhanced facilities and ensures they are equipped with resources they need to protect the local community,” he added.
The new building features a one-and-a-half bay motor room, hard standing car parking, meeting facilities and a water tank.
Mr Ronalds also presented service awards to 21 members in recognition of their sustained service at the Valencia fire station.