Uncle Dave Wandin opened proceedings by performing the Welcome to Country and Smoking Ceremony, after which members and visitors moved into the station for the official opening.
The Selby community welcomed the new state-of-the-art facility that was supported through the state government’s fire services statement implementation program. The new three-bay station provides the CFA brigade with modern facilities including a BA washroom, workshop, change rooms and separate entry points for the meeting room and engine bay.
The facility not only provides a safer working environment for the brigade volunteers but will also act as a community hub which can be utilised by the wider community for local meetings and events. The new and improved design shall hold the District, neighbouring communities and Selby brigade in good stead for years to come.
In officially opening the station, the Hon. James Merlino said that it was an outstanding achievement for the brigade.
“It was wonderful to be back to join all the members of Selby brigade and the local community for this special celebration. It is a reality because of the hard work and advocacy of this great group of volunteers.”
Selby Captain Andrew Buckle echoed the MP’s sentiments.
“The additional space greatly aids the brigade in our everyday work. It means that we are able to safely and swiftly get in and out of trucks, comfortably get changed and conduct training throughout the winter period with ease.”
The brigade was formed in 1926 after fires ravaged the area. In its 93 years, the brigade has participated in strike teams for many significant campaign fires throughout the state.
Former Captains Sandra Jenkins, Neville Aldham and Martha McKelvey were all instrumental in championing the build and working closely with CFA’s project managers to design and deliver the facility.
Operations manager, David Renkin attended the opening and commended CFA’s infrastructure and district teams on their efforts.
“An incredible amount of effort has gone into this build. The new facility will serve the community and our brigade with distinction for many years to come.”
Selby brigade are hosting an Open Day on the 16th November and will be conducting station tours and holding community safety talks to help new and existing residents prepare for fire season. Captain Buckle would encourage anyone interested in volunteering to come on down and meet brigade members.