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Have your say on Victoria’s fire services

15 November 2017


CFA brigades from Kilmore and surrounding areas have been invited to meet with Shadow Emergency Services Minister Brad Battin at an open drop-in session in Kilmore next week.

Member for Euroa and Deputy Leader of The Nationals Steph Ryan has organised the visit to give local brigades an opportunity to have their say on the current debate around Victoria’s fire services.

“Our region has a proud history of volunteerism within the emergency services to protect our local communities and others across the state,” Ms Ryan said.

“In the last three years the future of the fire services has been at the centre of a very public debate.

“A recent parliamentary inquiry confirmed the fire services reform proposed by the Andrews Government failed to adequately consult and I am deeply concerned the reform is more about achieving a political fix than improving community safety.

“As we approach the 2018 state election it is important all parties put forward their platform for fire service delivery in the future, and I want to ensure the policy put forward by the Liberals and Nationals is focused on community safety and fire prevention.”

The drop-in session will be held on Tuesday December 5 between 5-7pm at Kilmore Trackside with all members of local brigades invited to attend.  It will be the first of a number held across the Euroa electorate.

“We want to hear from those on the ground and at the frontline so that we ca build a stronger fire service for the future.”

Mr Battin, who has already travelled across southern and western Victoria consulting with brigades in recent days, said he looked forward to hearing from firefighters and brigades in the Euroa electorate.

“Brigades around Kilmore have been central to some of the biggest fires seen in Victorian in recent years, including Black Saturday and the Kilmore-Mickleham grassfires in 2014,” Mr Battin said.

“I know there’s a great deal of knowledge and experience among urban fire brigades like Broadford and Kilmore as well as the many smaller rural brigades in the area. I want to hear volunteers’ ideas to ensure the CFA delivers for the community and for the thousands of men and women who volunteer their time across the state to protect us.”

For inquiries call Steph Ryan’s office on (03) 5762 1600 or email steph.ryan@parliament.vic.gov.au

 

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