The extension includes a larger training facility, upgraded change rooms and storage facilities, an extended car park and realigned engine bay, all of which will be of benefit not only to the brigade but also the wider community.
The brigade’s reasons for extending the station were to cater for the growth in CFA membership, provide a safe turnout area and also provide the community with a suitable meeting space.
Wandin is a small township of the Yarra Ranges but has a very active, tight-knit community. There is no neighbourhood house in the area and the only other meeting facility is a large town hall designed to cater for around 250 people. The training room built as part of this extension has been designed for multi-purpose use by community groups. The new, modern facilities also include a kitchen, toilets, wheelchair access as well as audio and video equipment.
The idea for this project dates back to 2007 and the end result has been the culmination of the efforts of many people including the Wandin Fire Brigade members, Victorian Government, Wandin/Seville Community Bendigo Bank, District 13 Management team, Wandin Rotary Club, local contractors and the local community.
The Wandin Fire Station extension and renovation came in on budget at just over $320,000 with the completion of the project being fast-tracked thanks to a Victorian Community Support Grant of $55,000 and a Community Project Grant from the Wandin/Seville Community Bendigo Bank of $50,000. Included in the total cost was $50,000 of In kind support in the form of donated materials and labour with the remainder coming from brigade funds raised within the local community.
The Wandin Fire Brigade has an active membership of 35 members ranging in age from 16 to 68 and provides not only fire protection but Road Rescue response within the Yarra Valley Group.
The extension was officially opened by Member for Evelyn, Christine Fyffe MP with the event also attended by Federal member for Casey, Tony Smith, CFA Chief Officer, Euan Ferguson and Fire Services Commissioner, Craig Lapsley.