Brigade taking on department site

Forrest CFA captain Bob Brooks said the brigade was among community groups preparing to move into a vacant Forest Fire Management Victoria site at the town. FFMV moved out of the site into a new depot at Barwon Downs.

Vacant State Government buildings at Forrest will once again service the region, with a community group taking over management of the buildings.

The Forrest community has been pushing to use the former Forest Fire Management buildings since 2017, when the Department of Environment Land, Water and Planning earmarked them for community uses.

FFMVic district manager David Roberts said management of the facilities transferred to the Forrest Public Hall Committee of Management in December, with FFMVic to retain ownership of the site.

The buildings at the site are set to house Forrest’s Country Fire Authority, Neighbourhood House and Otway Districts Historical Society.

“Other groups and individuals will have opportunities to have access to the facilities through use agreements with the new committee of management,” Mr Roberts said.

Forrest CFA captain Bob Brooks said the CFA was planning to occupy two buildings at the Grant Street site.

Mr Brooks said the site’s management transfer was “a win” for the community.

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