Media Releases CFA

Eppalock Group receives funding boost

27 February 2017

Eppalock Group CFA brigades and Coast Guard will now be able to purchase new personal flotation devices thanks to funding under the first round the Emergency Services Volunteer Sustainability Grants Program.

Member for Euroa and Deputy Leader of The Nationals Steph Ryan said the brigade would be receiving $6600 for devices which would assist volunteers in responding to boat fires.

“I congratulate the members of the Eppalock Coast Guard and surrounding CFA brigades on their successful application for funding.

“These volunteers do a huge amount of fundraising in order to apply for grants like these and I want to recognise their hard work.

Ms Ryan said despite the good news, Daniel Andrew's CFA crisis was still far from over.

“We’ve had senior personnel resign, allegations of bullying, a Senate Committee inquiry, a Commonwealth bill amending the Fair Work Act, and civil litigation in the Supreme Court challenging the EBA,” Ms Ryan said.

“Recently the Victorian Liberal Nationals moved an amendment to the Country Fire Authority Act 1958 that aims to protect the rights of volunteers who are currently under siege by the Andrews Labor Government.

“The bill will amend the Act to recognise the CFA as a volunteer-based organisation and restrict the authority of any deed, agreement or arrangement that may adversely affect CFA volunteers.

“I am proud to support this Bill and our CFA volunteers - like those from Merton brigade - who do such a wonderful job protecting our communities,” Ms Ryan said.

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