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Upwey lights up

  • Photo by Ryan Vanderhorst
  • Photo by Ryan Vanderhorst
  • Photo by Ryan Vanderhorst
  • Photo by Ryan Vanderhorst
  • Kerry OBrien and Peter Hall with watchdog Charlie made sure that everything went to plan. With over 100 years of Upwey firefighting experience between them they were the best people fore the job. Photo by Ryan Vanderhorst

By: Ryan Vanderhorst

Category: Community Safety

  4.03 PM 25 August, 2016

Location: General

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Upwey Fire Station is now a lot brighter thanks to a successful grant application with the Summer Fire Safety Local Initiatives Program 2015-16.

Monday 22 August saw the culmination of months of planning and approval from CFA, Vic Roads and local council with the successful installation of a massive, digital sign.

Sian Jepson, coordinator of the Summer Fire Safety Local Initiatives Program said that the program provided brigades and selected community organisations with small, one-off funding grants to deliver highly localised projects that build and empower community leadership and develop awareness, shared responsibility and self-reliance to ultimately strengthen resilience. 

“Upwey Fire Brigade was selected as a recipient due to the high risk levels faced by the community as it is located in one of the three most dangerous urbanised wildfire zones in the world. Additionally the fire station's location at the end of Upwey’s Main Street facing the township gives incredible visibility to the community and tourists and it allows for a broad range of messages both during summer and winter.”

The brigade was thrilled to hear that its application was successful and now after many long months of planning it’s just awesome to see the sign installed and facing the Upwey township.

The brigade is looking forward to using this sign to update the community and visiting tourists on all manner of fire safety messaging from changing your smoke alarm battery to fire danger ratings and total fire bans. This sign is going to be a great asset to the Upwey community.

The brigade put together a time-lapse video of the installation of the sign on its Facebook page (which you can see here) and has already seen a very positive reaction from the community.


Last Updated: 25 August 2016