Member for Morwell Russell Northe has called on the Andrews Labor Government to come clean over future plans for fire fighting operations in the Latrobe Valley.
Speaking in State Parliament last week, Mr Northe detailed escalating local concerns conveyed to him by local CFA personnel and volunteers about the Government’s lack of action for the new CFA District 27 and the Morwell emergency services hub.
“District 27 was initiated by the Liberal-Nationals Coalition government after the inquiry into the Morwell mine fire, and the Andrews Labor Government did commit to it in April this year,” Mr Northe said.
“The Government promised $5.5 million to implement District 27 but so far all that appears to have been delivered is an office and an operations manager without any support.
“Where is the business plan and the implementation plan for District 27? How is the promised $5.5 million going to be spent?
“What staffing resources will be provided to District 27, and when will they be provided?
“Importantly, why hasn’t the promised brown coal fire training taken place for our CFA brigades ahead of this fire season?
“With predictions of a long and severe fire season ahead, the Government has left Latrobe Valley and our dedicated CFA volunteers in limbo. We need answers about the Government’s future plans for fire fighting resources in our region immediately.
“CFA submissions to the Government’s fire services review have also been kept secret. What does the Government have to hide?”
Mr Northe told Parliament the Andrews Labor Government had also failed to progress the new Morwell emergency services hub, which was allocated $5 million by the previous Coalition government.
“The Labor Government said earlier this year they would allocate funds for land purchase but since then there has been total silence on the progress of this important project too.”
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