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Bellbrae's new station
Bellbrae brigade celebrated the opening of its new fire station on 23 November.
Nearly 80 guests, including CFA members and officials, members of other emergency services organisations, supporters, family and friends, watched MP Andrew Katos officially open the station.
CFA Barwon South West Regional Director, Bob Barry welcomed members and guests.
Mr Barry said it was a tremendous occasion and a real tribute to the hard work by CFA members and supporters and local and state governments.
CFA Chair Claire Higgins spoke about how proud CFA is of its newest brigade, the vital role it would be playing in its community and how thestation would complement its duties.
Bellbrae brigade Captain Paul Lunny said brigade members are very happy with their new facilities.
"On behalf of all the members of Bellbrae Fire Brigade I’d like to thank the Surf Coast Shire, CFA, state Government and the Torquay Fire Brigade for their wonderful support," he said.
Mr Lunny said the brigade also appreciated the amazing support from members’ families, which is vital to the brigade.
South Barwon MP Andrew Katos then officially opened the station. He said it marked a significant milestone for the recently formed Bellbrae brigade.
"This station replaces a 28-year-old shed that was previously used as a satellite station by Torquay brigade," Mr Katos said.
"Bellbrae now has its own brigade and it’s appropriate that it also has a modern and comfortable base from which to support the growing areas of Bellbrae, Torquay,Jan Juc and Bells Beach."
The Bellbrae unit has 20 members and is expected to attend around 40 call outs a year from the new station.
Mr Katos said $61 million was also committed in the 2013-14 Victorian Budget to replace dilapidated and ageing rural fire stations across the state.
Guests then enjoyed a delicious morning tea and barbecue as they toured the new station.