State Member for Shepparton Suzanna Sheed says a new location must be finalised for Shepparton fire brigade as soon as possible.
Ms Sheed called on the Emergency Services Minister James Merlino in Parliament last week to prioritise a site for the new station facilities and a timeframe on the proposed start of the project.
She spoke of a face-to-face meeting that she facilitated in February this year between the minister and Shepparton CFA chief Peter Dedman to discuss options, but was concerned the process had stalled.
‘‘The current fire station is on a small site in the centre of the Shepparton CBD and faces not only the challenge of having little room to expand as is now required, but also of fire trucks negotiating busy city streets and a highly patronised bus interchange when responding to callouts,’’ Ms Sheed said.
‘‘It is disappointing to note that some four months later there has still been no announcement as to a final resolution despite discussions having taken place between relevant parties in relation to the land usage at the preferred site and how best to accommodate competing needs,’’ she said.
Ms Sheed also said ‘‘the current situation is not acceptable and unusual’’, considering funding for the new station was allocated more than a year ago.
The News contacted Mr Merlino’s office for comment.