On 3 November 2017, I asked the Minister for Emergency Services about the future of the former Eltham Country Fire Authority (CFA) fire station on Main Road, Eltham.
The site is on prime land and situated near the central shopping strip, but it has not been used as a fire station since the new $10.5 million station, on which construction began under the former Liberal government, opened for operation in March 2016.
Earlier this year the Nillumbik Shire Council agreed to buy the site should the state government offer it for sale. However, local CFA volunteers told the council at the time that there were tensions between them, that station staff had created an unsustainable working environment and that the volunteers would prefer to return to the old site.
The minister has said that the former Eltham CFA fire station will not be sold, but that the staff and volunteers will continue to operate from one fire station facility. So I asked the Minister, what will the former CFA building now be used for, given the minister has said it will not be used for those CFA volunteers?