CFA brigades strike gold with generous donation

Member News image Huntly – Hoselayer with Andrew Mattiske Fosterville Health, Safety and Security Manager and Felicia Banks and CFA volunteers from Huntly , Golden Square and Axedale


Nine CFA brigades have received new equipment and facilities which will boost their capability thanks to a generous donation following the 2019/20 bushfires.


Mining company, Kirkland Lake Gold, donated just over $400,000 to CFA through a grants process, allowing brigades near their Fosterville Gold Mine to apply for something they felt would further assist their brigade.

The aim of their grants process was to give back to local CFA brigades within their local communities, build capacity in relation to bushfire readiness, promote positive and long-term outcomes and promote local awareness of CFA.

District 2 Assistant Chief Fire Officer James Dullard said the nine CFA brigades are honoured to receive these grants and we thank Kirkland Lake Gold for their generosity.

“The range of equipment and infrastructure we have received through this donation is really quite remarkable and it will be of great use to those brigades well into the future,” ACFO Dullard said.

“The 2019/20 fires were challenging for so many of our brigades across the state and of course the broader community. It’s really nice to see organisations like this digging deep into their pockets to support their local brigades.

“I have no doubt these equipment and infrastructure upgrades will further enhance our ability to protect lives and property.”

Kirkland Lake Gold’s Vice President Australian Operations Mr Ion Hann said we feel very privileged to be able to assist our local CFA brigades to improve their bushfire readiness.  

“We worked with the District CFA to ensure the grants were directed to the areas of greatest need for each brigade,” Mr Hann said.

The Kirkland Lake Gold donations were awarded to the following CFA brigades:

  • Axedale Fire Brigade – Office, Station and Storage Shed equipment - $9,686.40
  • Goornong Fire Brigade – shed and water tank - $87,036
  • Huntly Fire Brigade – Field Command Vehicle and progressive hose layer - $91,400
  • Junortoun Fire Brigade – Structural thermal imaging camera - $10,297.25
  • Knowsley Fire Brigade – 2 x water tanks - $14,000
  • Mandurang Fire Brigade – 2 x water tanks - $21,890
  • Mosquito Creek Fire Brigade – Generator, First Aid Kits, signage around Lake Eppalock - $34,000
  • Strathfieldsaye Fire Brigade – station extension, building works - $115,597.60
  • Golden Square Fire Brigade – additional BA sets - $18,000

The Field Command Vehicle and equipment was officially handed over to five brigades today. The infrastructure upgrades to the remaining four brigades will take place over the next couple of years.


  • Member News imageGolden Square Fire Brigade's additional BA sets
  • Member News image Knowsley Fire Brigade's water tanks
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