Mr MELHEM (Western Metropolitan) — My constituency question is directed to the Deputy Premier, Minister for Education and Minister for Emergency Services, the Honourable James Merlino. Last month the minister announced $7.5 million in funding for the western suburbs through the Labor government’s growth areas infrastructure contribution fund. This investment will go a long way to ensuring that infrastructure in Melbourne’s growing outer suburbs grows as communities do. Outer suburbs in my electorate, Western Metropolitan Region, are growing at a significant rate. For example, according to Australian Bureau of Statistics data Wyndham Vale’s population grew more than 10,000 between 2014 and 2015. Wyndham’s population is expected to reach more than 420,000 by 2036. The question I would like to ask the minister is: what will the $7.5 million in funding provide for my electorate, and how will it assist the CFA to continue to protect the community into the future?

9 August 2017



On 14 July 2017, I was pleased to announce $7.5 million in funding to acquire land and build permanent, modern fire stations for the Wyndham Vale and Truganina Country Fire
Authority fire brigades, to be completed by June 2019.

This $7.5 million in funding will be split between the Wyndham Vale and Truganina CFA fire brigades, with $1.5 million put towards the acquisition of land for each site and $2.25 million put towards the development of modem, well equipped stations.

This investment ensures that both CFA branches will now have a permanent base which will provide the opportunity for these fire brigades to increase membership and better protect residents in the growing Western Metropolitan Region.

The addition of permanent stations for Wyndham Vale and Truganina CFA fire brigades will ease pressure on surrounding brigades, improve amenities for volunteer firefighters, improve response times and enhance fire protection and education for the community.

31 August 2017