With the fire danger period approaching for much of North East Victoria, it remains so important that our local CFA brigades receive the support and backing they deserve.
Due to a lack of funding and support from this Government, many of our dedicated volunteer fire brigades are stuck with the majority of their vehicles, pumpers, and tankers being over 20 years old.
Our CFA brigades are in desperate need of appliances that are fit for purpose in order to protect our volunteer firefighters and to protect our communities.
As we approach summer, their jobs have been made far more difficult by a string of bad decisions by this Government when it comes to fire management.
This includes a lack of planned burns, the closing of the sustainable native timber industry, and a reduction in 6,500 operational CFA volunteers since 2015.
History has shown the only time this Government shows an interest in resourcing our brigades is after tragic fire events.
We simply cannot afford to leave it too late this time.
Annabelle Cleeland MP,
Member for Euroa.