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New station for Pakenham Upper
Firefighters were sad to farewell their 70-year-old fire station in Bourkes Creek Road, Pakenham Upper, but quick to welcome the new $500.000 replacement at the official opening of the Pakenham Upper Fire Station on Sunday.
The Honourable Minister for Emergency Services Jane Garrett along with Parliamentary Secretary for Treasury and Finance Daniel Mulino officially unveiled the new building on Sunday morning in front of a crowd of more than 80 guests including CFA Board Member Michael Freshwater.
The Pakenham Upper Fire Brigade had long outgrown the old station, where they needed to drive a vehicle out of the station before they could hold a brigade meeting. The new station will cater for the brigade's current and future needs.
Captain Michael Bedford said, ”The new station will greatly improve the safety and service of the Pakenham Upper Fire Brigade and provide members with a more enjoyable and modern base from which to work”.
Along with a bright new station it has given the brigade the ability to target new recruits and further raise the profile of the brigade in its community.
CFA built the station through funding received in the 2012/2013 Rural Fire Stations Program and acquiring the new land would not have been possible without generous support from neighbours Sherry and Barry Holt.
Cardinia Shire Mayor Jodie Owen, who also attended, spoke of the high regard in which CFA’s brigades are held within Cardinia Shire.
Following the official presentation the brigade gave a tour of the new facilities and a morning tea.