FGM funding facilitates CFA Strathfieldsaye Fire Station upgrades

November 2023 | Open Day

On Sunday 26 November, Ion Hann, Agnico Eagle Vice President of our Australian Operations, was proud to join the Victorian Premier, Jacinta Allan at the inaugural open day of the Strathfieldsaye Fire Brigade.

We provided a significant grant towards the station upgrades as part of our CFA Bushfire Readiness Grants Program!

Congratulations to the brigade’s Ex-Captain, Matthew McCarthy who had the new appliance bay named after him in honour of his work on the extension project. 

August 2023

Fosterville Gold Mine is proud to have supported the Strathfieldsaye CFA Brigade to carry out important upgrades to its facilities, with grant from the CFA Bushfire Readiness Grants Program. 

The grant was used to build an additional engine bay, a dedicated turnout change room, a breathing apparatus cleaning and maintenance room, and a small store room. 

Given that Strathfieldsaye is one of Bendigo’s fast growing communities – with the population predicted to grow from 7,000 to in excess of 10,000, in the not too distant future – the station's expansion is crucial to it being able to effectively service the area.

"The dedicated breathing apparatus room has enabled us to better store and maintain this critical equipment which, as a result, helps us to respond to emergencies more effectively," explained Matt McCarthy, a representative from Strathfieldsaye CFA.

The new engine bay and turnout room have also proven to be a key asset for the brigade's operations, providing a more efficient place for the crews to conduct training, do drills and turn out. 

"We are very grateful for Fosterville Gold Mine’s support, which has made a real difference to protect the community and our volunteer firefighters," said Matt.

“Agnico Eagle Australia and Fosterville Gold Mine are proud of the CFA Bushfire Readiness Grants Program, which was created follow the devastating bushfires that raged throughout Australia in the Summer of 2019/20,” said Lance Faulkner, FGM General Manager. 

“The fires were a stark reminder of why preparing for such events is vital, and inspired us to create this important grants program, which saw over $400,000 put towards bushfire readiness improvements for nine of the region’s CFA’s,” explained Lance.

The successful grant applicants were: Huntly, Junortoun, Knowsley, Golden Square, Mandurang, Axedale, Mosquito Creek, Strathfieldsaye and Goornong.