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CFA volunteer numbers dwindling under Andrews

01 February 2017

The number of CFA volunteers in Victoria has dropped significantly according to a new report released yesterday.

Member for Euroa and Deputy Leader of The Nationals Steph Ryan said the Productivity Commission’s Report on Government Services showed this drop in volunteers had occurred since Daniel Andrews and the UFU began their war on CFA.

“The number of operational volunteer firefighters has plunged 6.9 per cent from 38,048 in June 2014 to 35,585 in June 2016,” Ms Ryan said.

“There are now 2400 fewer CFA volunteers protecting Victoria in what could be a very long fire season.

"The Productivity Commission's findings are disappointing but I am not surprised. I am aware of a number of long serving local volunteers who have quit the CFA because they don't feel valued or respected by this government.

Ms Ryan said despite claiming he had put an end to the dispute, Daniel Andrews was still at war with CFA volunteers.

“On 15 June 2016, Daniel Andrews declared: ‘This dispute had to come to an end and I ended it’.

“Seven months on and the Andrews Labor Government has been rocked by allegations of bullying, more resignations of senior personnel, a Senate Committee inquiry, a Commonwealth bill amending the Fair Work Act and civil litigation in the Supreme Court

challenging the EBA.

“Meanwhile volunteers are dropping off and new members have little incentive to join.

“How the Premier can claim the dispute is resolved is beyond me.”

Ms Ryan said the Productivity Commission also found that the Andrews Labor Government has cut funding for the State Emergency Service (SES) by more than $1.25 million.

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