THE Tinamba community will be better protected against the threat of fire, with the official opening of the new $450,000 Tinamba CFA Station on Sunday.
Gippsland South MLA and Police and Emergency Services Minister Peter Ryan performed the official opening, saying the modern fire station was an important recognition of the crucial role played by CFA members and volunteers in protecting lives, the community and the landscape around Tinamba.
“Tinamba’s old fire station had been in operation for nearly 35 years and was in need of an upgrade to meet the current and future needs of the local CFA,” Mr Ryan said.
“The new station is modern and comfortable and features meeting and office facilities, staff amenities, plenty of storage for the brigade’s firefighting equipment and a water tank.
“This is an important investment in the safety of the Tinamba community and will mean the local CFA is better equipped to deal with the threat of fire.”
Member for Gippsland East Tim Bill said the new CFA station was built using local builders and contractors.
“The old fire station will be donated to the community to be used as a community centre for meetings and other events, which is a great outcome for the residents of Tinamba,” Mr Bull said.
Mr Ryan also joined CFA officials to present 38 of the Tinamba CFA brigade’s long-serving members with medals in recognition of their service and dedication to the state’s emergency services.
“Almost 60 years ago, the Tinamba brigade was founded and I am honoured to have met with its members today, some who have served their local CFA brigade for 55 years,” Mr Ryan said.
“CFA members are leaders in Victorian communities and dedicated to protecting lives and property.
“As one of the world’s largest emergency services organisations, CFA draws its strength from the dedication and bravery of its 60,000 members 98 per cent of them volunteers,” Mr Ryan said.
“The State Government has allocated almost $57 million to emergency services, including $22.9 million to build or upgrade rural fire stations across the state.”