Ovens Valley CFA volunteers speak up on fire services

Tuesday 5 December 2017

Nationals Member for Ovens Valley Tim McCurdy this week joined Shadow Minister for Emergency Services Brad Battin to meet with local fire fighters and community members to hear their thoughts on the future of Victoria’s fire services. 

Mr McCurdy said a recent parliamentary inquiry confirmed the Andrews Labor Government failed to consult firefighters before introducing flawed legislation in an attempted political fix for the fire services.

“The Liberal Nationals Coalition want to ensure our policies place community safety at the forefront and is developed in full consultation with the men and women who have been protecting Victoria for decades,” Mr McCurdy said.

“Brad Battin’s visit was part of the Coalition’s state wide tour to consult with and listen to our fire fighters on the ground, particularly the 60,000 volunteers ignored by Daniel Andrew and James Merlino.”

Mr McCurdy and Mr Battin met with CFA volunteers in Yarrawonga and Cobram yesterday as well as Cobram SES representatives and Wangaratta and Myrtleford CFA volunteers today.

“I have been working with the Cobram SES to lobby the State Government for funding for a Victorian-based headquarters for the unit,” Mr McCurdy said.

“They currently operate out of Tocumwal NSW, 18kms away, which adversely impacts the unit’s response times to emergency calls.

“Over the past 10 years the unit has provided vital assistance during and after two tornados and several floods. I will table the petition in the Victorian Parliament on their behalf.”

Mr Battin’s visit to the Ovens Valley electorate was part of the Liberal National Coalition’s state wide tour to consult with and listen to CFA volunteers about the future of fire services. 

“In order to build a strong fire service for the future it is important that we drive around the state to listen and work with our firefighters on the ground,” Mr Battin said.

“The safety of our local communities and firefighters is too important to be traded for political favours from the UFU.”

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