Hampton Park CFA

Ms GRALEY (Narre Warren South) — (Question 140) My question is to the Minister for Emergency Services and concerns the Hampton Park Country Fire Authority (CFA) brigade.

I had the great pleasure of visiting this fantastic fire brigade late last year to meet with the volunteers and see the state of the current facilities. The station lacks change rooms, adequate training areas and secure parking for members, and has limited meeting room facilities. In fact everything, including the equipment, is located within one small space. The brigade is also forced to do its training away from the station.

The brigade is growing, which is great news, yet the facilities are preventing further growth. I have written to the CFA on the brigade’s behalf. However, I have been advised that the CFA does not have any immediate plans or funding allocated to replace or upgrade the Hampton Park fire station. It is an unfortunate situation.

It is a great team that works hard, and if it had a better facility, it would be able to serve the area much more effectively. I ask the minister to visit the Hampton Park CFA to meet with the outstanding volunteers, who do so much for our local community.