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Report of Operations 2007-08 - Other Organisations

CFA's history of building strong and meaningful partnerships has been enhanced with further developments as part of an ongoing building redevelopment program by agreement with the Department of Planning and Community Development (DPCD).

The program, in its second year, is allowing redevelopment of up to 20 CFA fire stations to add flexible community use facilities in rural areas of Victoria where these facilities are otherwise inadequate or non-existent. DPCD has committed $1.4 million in funding one-half of the estimated costs of a four year program. The redeveloped facilities and infrastructure will in turn strengthen the integral partnership between CFA and communities. The improved facilities will include open space for meetings, classes or functions, amenities and provides storage space for the retention of valuable community history.

The cost of each project is being shared between DPCD grant funds, CFA contributions and, where possible, the local municipality and participating community groups. CFA will manage the construction of the infrastructure; the facilities will be managed by a committee involving the brigade and the community.

The fast-tracking of land to be released in the designated outer-metropolitan growth corridors as identified in Melbourne 2030 will result in 90,000 new residential blocks by 2020. CFA has formed a Metropolitan General Managers' Group to be proactive in building relationships with organisations such as the Growth Areas Authority, VicUrban and DPCD. The relationships will allow the exploration of key strategic issues and consideration of how CFA can ensure a combined and timely approach to addressing these issues. This will maximise CFA's support to service delivery, development of strong communities and viable brigades. Discussions are also commencing with Victorian State Emergency Service (VicSES) on the possibility of working together on the growth issues.

In respect of CFA's obligations to marine fire safety, an MoU has been signed between CFA and Svitzer Australia Pty Ltd. This allows for a closer working relationship between the two organisations with a view to knowledge sharing and training to allow for safe use of Svitzer tugs to support activities involved in managing fires and incidents in the Port of Geelong and the Port of Hastings.

Enhancement of joint activities, in both operational and training scenarios, with St John Ambulance has been achieved, again with the signing of an MoU. This will enable further development of range of initiatives designed to improve areas of mutual interest.

Strategic partnership development work is progressing with Transfield Services Australia Pty Ltd (Puckapunyal), Corrections Victoria (Department of Justice) and the Aviation Fire Fighting Division of Airservices Australia for agreements on service delivery arrangements for their respective interests.