Koroit CFA march to new home

ON THE MOVE: Koroit CFA captain Leigh Mugavin outside what will soon be the former Koroit Fire Station. The new station will be in Mill Street.
ON THE MOVE: Koroit CFA captain Leigh Mugavin outside what will soon be the former Koroit Fire Station. The new station will be in Mill Street.

THE end is nigh in the Koroit CFA’s long wait to move into its new home.

The brigade will move into its new station in Mill Street on Friday, September 22.

The move will be a grand affair with members of the brigade to march from the current station in High Street.

The parade will include all 43 brigade members as well as the Port Fairy SES branch.

Koroit CFA brigade captain Leigh Mugavin is hoping the march, which will take place at 7.30pm, will be a community celebration.

“We will block off the road and hopefully people in the town will come down and watch or be part of the march,” Mr Mugavin said.

“It’s very exciting to be moving to a new station, it is something we have wanted for a long time now.

“We can’t wait, it will be a great facility for the town to have.”

The current station was built in 1958, just south of where the original station once stood.

The new station has been built next to the old Koroit hospital and nursing home.

The CFA has secured this land on a long-term lease from Moyne Health Services. 

The campaign to get a new station in Koroit has been a long-running one. 

Then brigade captain David Lumsden pleaded the case to then deputy premier Peter Ryan during a visit by Mr Ryan to Koroit in 2011.

The growth of the membership and the infrastructure of the brigade has meant it has long outgrown the station.

The new station is built on a 4000-square-metre parcel of land.

While the new station will be operational from September 22, the official opening will not take place until early next year.

That celebration will also mark the 125th year in the brigade’s history. 

Port Fairy SES unit controller Stephen McDowell said his members are also looking forward to the new station becoming operational.

The SES has funded the building of one of the bays at the station where it will house a truck.

“We had a handshake-agreement at the old station to keep our truck there but this formalises it a bit more,” Mr McDowell said.

“Koroit will become an official satellite SES location.

“We have six members who live in Koroit so it makes good sense to have a truck in the town.

“We do a lot of jobs up north towards Hawkesdale so the Koroit truck will be able to get to those jobs quicker and give us a good headstart.

“We are hoping to attract even more new members from Koroit.

“Having this resource in the town will hopefully help us to do that.”