By Matt Male
PHILLIP Island will receive $2.1m to build a new CFA station in Cowes, if the Liberal-Nationals are elected this November.
The promise, which was also made at the previous State Election in 2014, will see a new three-bay station built near the intersection of McKenzie Road and Ventnor Road, Cowes.
But volunteers are hopeful they’ll get a fourth bay, with Bass MP Brian Paynter agreeing to work with the CFA to tweak the building design.
The brigade has long campaigned for a four-bay design, spending many weekends fundraising through sausage sizzles.
“When brigades are putting skin in the game, that’s when you know it means something,” Mr Paynter said of their fundraising efforts.
“If we can model it to exactly what the brigade feels they need, that’s exactly what we’ll do.
“You’re not out cooking barbecues and doing fundraisers and all the other stuff for nothing, so you actually deserve that. No questions asked.”
The brigade grapples with traffic congestion at its existing Settlement Road site, especially during school pick-up and drop-off times.
Shadow Minister for Emergency Services, Brad Battin, thanked CFA volunteers for their work and hoped the Coalition would get the opportunity to deliver a new station.
“Brian does continuously talk about Phillip Island, it’s a big topic in Melbourne,” Mr Battin said.
“There’s a few other issues down here that he’s been raising continuously. We hope, at a minimum, you’ve been heard by the Coalition.”
He guaranteed volunteers would be in the station and turning out to calls before the 2022 election, if the Liberal-Nationals are elected in November.
Mr Paynter said the new site was a fantastic location.
“This was one of the first things in 2014 when I was campaigning that we addressed,” Mr Paynter said.
“Here we are, four years later, and we still don’t have the station.”
The new home, classified as a 2A Fire Station, is deemed as a facility for volunteer firefighters providing emergency management services for populated areas at the urban metropolitan fringe or larger country towns.