Letter to the Editor: Labor Government needs to stand by $100 million funding commitment to the CFA
The Andrews Labor government has acknowledged, through its commitment of $100m, that the CFA is in need of additional funding, which could be used to provide infrastructure such as replacing old trucks, building new stations and providing appropriate training facilities for volunteers.
The Andrews Labor government must now honour the $100m commitment to the CFA, ahead of the fire season, regardless of the outcomes of The Fire Services Bill.
The Fire Services Bill which will split the CFA, looks likely to be voted down by the Legislative Council in its current form due to the lack of consultation with volunteers, the impact on surge capacity, the blatant power grab to the UFU, as well as the lack of detail in terms of how any proposed reform will be implemented.
The Emergency Services Minister, James Merlino has himself acknowledged that there has been a $100 million commitment made to the CFA mentioning in Parliament in June that the CFA were going to receive "the additional support of $100 million".
I would like to see the $100m get delivered regardless of the likely failure of the Fire Services Bill. There should be no conditions put on community safety.
For the Andrews Labor Government to acknowledge that the funds are there but not deliver them will be a huge mistake and another in a string of broken promises to volunteers and the community by the Labor Government.
I urge the Andrews Labor Government to do the right thing and deliver these much needed funds ahead of the fire season.
Luke O’Sullivan MP
The Nationals Member for Northern Victoria