The Liberal Member for Northern Victoria Wendy Lovell has again called on the Andrews Labor Government to secure the future home of the Mansfield SES.
The unit’s current home on the old saleyards land owned by Mansfield Shire Council is a perfect location allowing the unit to continue to respond to emergencies within the committed 8-minute response time.
In a constituency question to the Minister for Emergency Services Lisa Neville in State Parliament this week, Ms Lovell highlighted the growing community concern around the future of the Mansfield SES with news the sale of the saleyards site by the Mansfield Shire Council was imminent.
In February, the Council informed SES volunteers the old sale yards site would not be sold for another 18 months but have more recently informed the brigade that the sale yard site will be placed on the market for sale within weeks.
Ms Lovell had previously raised the issue in Parliament in May but the matter has become more urgent with news the land is to be sold sooner than previously indicated.
Comments attributable to Member for Northern Victoria Wendy Lovell:
“With the news that the sale of the old saleyards site will happen sooner than expected, there is great concern within the Mansfield SES cohort and the wider community about the future of the unit.
“There is no other alternative location for the unit that will allow volunteers to respond to emergencies within the committed 8-minute response time.
“To allay the fears of the Mansfield community, I have called on the Minister to commit urgent funding to purchase the old saleyards site so that it remains the home of the Mansfield SES now and into the future.”
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