Nationals’ Member for Mildura, Jade Benham, says the biggest emergency facing her region’s first responders is rundown facilities and equipment way beyond its use-by date.
The Nationals’ Member for Mildura, Jade Benham, is calling on the Minister for Emergency Services to update our region on when vital upgrades will be completed.
Ms Benham met with Birchip local Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) volunteer Gail Sharp, who has put endless hours into serving her community and is worried about the future safety of her town and surrounding properties.
The town’s current CERT vehicle is housed behind the local bakery, with no secure location being made available.
“Even worse, the CFA shed can no longer fit the CFA truck, and is also in desperate need of urgent upgrades and the lack of SES infrastructure is just a complete joke,” said Ms Benham.
“Regional Victorians know what it is to face major flooding events, bushfires, and other disasters and our under-equipped and overworked volunteers don’t deserve to work harder just to cover this government’s failings.”