Independent Member for Shepparton District Suzanna Sheed says there should be no further delays in finalising a location for new station facilities for the Shepparton fire brigade.
In Parliament last week Ms Sheed called on the Minister for Emergency Services, James Merlino, to ensure an appropriate site was selected and a timeframe for commencement of the build was announced as a priority.
Ms Sheed said she was pleased to have been able to facilitate a face-to-face meeting in February between the Minister and Shepparton CFA chief Peter Dedman to discuss options, but was concerned the process had stalled.
“The current fire station is on a small site in the centre of the Shepparton CBD and faces not only the challenge of having little room to expand as is now required, but also of fire trucks negotiating busy city streets and a highly patronised bus interchange when responding to call outs,” Ms Sheed said.
“The current situation is not acceptable and it is, I think, an unusual situation to be in when funding for a new station has been allocated and is waiting to be spent on this important project.”
Ms Sheed said it was important for the Shepparton community that a solution was found at the earliest opportunity.
“It is disappointing to note that some four months later there has still been no announcement as to a final resolution despite discussions having taken place between relevant parties in relation to the land usage at the preferred site and how best to accommodate competing needs.
“I hope that this project will not stall again.”
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