Carlsruhe CFA volunteers, friends and family gathered at Cobb and Co Road to celebrate the brigade’s 60-year anniversary today and mark the start of construction on the new station.

Member for Macedon Mary-Anne Thomas MP attended the festivities and thanked volunteers for their countless hours and tireless efforts in keeping the community safe and discussed the design of the new fit-for-purpose facility.

Replacing a 60-year old two-bay shed, the new station will be built on nearby Cobb and Co Road and will provide a dedicated facility for the local hardworking volunteers.

The three-bay station will include male and female turn-out rooms, a brigade office, storage and a multipurpose room.

The Carlsruhe Fire Brigade has served the community for 60 years and has been based at its current site for most of its history.

The Victorian Government has contributed $600,000 to the new station, with an $80,000 contribution from the brigade and $60,000 from CFA.

The brigade supports Carlsruhe and surrounding areas and has a very active core membership of 54 volunteers.

The Victorian Budget 2019/20 provided approximately $14.7 million in funding for new CFA station infrastructure across the state.

This builds upon the $60 million Fire Services Statement for training, equipment and infrastructure in late 2017 and the 2018/19 Budget which saw $22.1 million in funding for CFA infrastructure projects.

This brings the total additional CFA funding to $100 million in training, equipment and infrastructure in the last three years.

Quotes attributable to Member for Macedon Mary-Anne Thomas

“Carlsruhe fire brigade has been a central part of the community for 60 years, and the Victorian Government’s investment will ensure their important work will continue for years to come.”

“This $600,000 redevelopment will provide the brigade’s volunteers with a state-of-the-art facility, replacing an old shed no longer fit for purpose.”

“The dedication of the Carlsruhe volunteers is fantastic and it’s a privilege to be here today to honour their service at their anniversary.”