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CEO Update: State Government Budget

By: Lucinda Nolan

Category: Other

  5.53 PM 27 April, 2016


Location: General

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Today’s State Government Budget has set aside some significant allocations for CFA that will continue to fund some of our key projects over the next four years.

Overall, CFA shares part of a $228 million package set aside for the state’s fire and emergency sector.

Within the Budget package we’ve received $46.2 million to locate and build our new firefighting training centre in the Central Highlands, and upgrade the CFA managed Regional Training Centre at Huntley, near Bendigo. 

Since the closure of Fiskville, we have been working closely with both government and municipalities to find a suitable place to build a new facility that will service the training needs of CFA members and brigades in the Central Highlands area.

We will keep you updated on any progress on finding a new site.

The Budget also sets aside $80.7 million for CFA to fund the ongoing decommission and remediation of the closed Fiskville training site. Part of this funding will also be spent on conducting and analysing environmental audits and upgrades at our six other CFA managed Regional Training Centres.

Many of you regularly ask about our role in Emergency Medical Response and the associated training. The good news is that CFA will share in $37.1 million, to be provided over four years. There are now 10 CFA brigades involved in Emergency Medical Response (EMR) three of them are volunteer brigades. We’re looking to now expand the EMR program which has already proven to be a very successful service that CFA provides the community.

We will continue to read the budget papers and understand what it means for our ongoing budget.

You can check out the budget at www.budget.vic.gov.au/budget-papers

Last Updated: 28 April 2016