Euroa’s CFA volunteers deserve to have their voices heard
18 August 2015
Tuesday 18 August 2015
The short timeframe for submissions to the Fire Services Review has fueled concerns the Melbourne-based union will gain control of country firefighting operations.
Member for Euroa and Deputy Leader of The Nationals Steph Ryan said local CFA brigades were concerned that the Andrews Labor Government would use the review to force the CFA to merge with the Metropolitan Fire Brigade (MFB).
“Local CFA volunteers and communities have been given just three weeks to write and lodge their submissions to the Andrews Labor Government’s Fire Services Review,” Ms Ryan said.
“Brigades from across the Euroa electorate have raised concerns with me that this review appears to have a pro-union and anti-volunteer agenda.
“Everywhere I go, volunteers are worried that Daniel Andrews is using this review as a Trojan horse to unionise the CFA and weaken the role of volunteers.
“The CFA is not just the world’s largest volunteer emergency services organisation; it is also the backbone of many of our small communities.
“The men and women who give their own time to protecting our safety and the safety of our community deserve better than this,” Ms Ryan said.
Ms Ryan said that following the submission process, there was only four weeks for feedback to be considered and for the final report to be developed.
“You have to wonder how genuine this review is,” Ms Ryan said.
“If the Labor Government took CFA volunteers’ views seriously, they would provide adequate time for submissions to be made and then considered.
“To provide just a few weeks for written submissions to this review is offensive to our CFA volunteers and country communities.
“At the same time, the Andrews Labor Government is taking more than 12 months to look into gaming machine arrangements. Why the rush for this review?
“Our CFA volunteers dedicate their time and risk their safety to protect others – and they deserve to be treated with more respect by this government.”