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Labor Plan to Break Up CFA Revealed

Concerns have been raised that a decision to split the professional and volunteer fire fighting services in Victoria may discourage current and future volunteers of the service Mr Blackwood has said today.

Mr Blackwood said for months speculation had been rampant that this move would be made to appease the UFU and there were very real concerns about what it meant for CFA volunteers.

‘For months local CFA volunteers have raised concerns with me about  the Andrews Labor Government’s plans to separate career and volunteer members and today their fears have been realised,’ Mr Blackwood said.

‘Already operational CFA volunteer levels are expected to drop under Daniel Andrews by nearly 10 per cent in 2016-17 and this decision will not help inspire confidence in those who remain.

Mr Blackwood said there had been a distinct lack of consultation regarding the split with many CFA volunteers saying they were infuriated by the Labor Governments claims they had spoken widely with CFA brigades.

‘As with SkyRail, Melbourne Metro, the Port of Melbourne sale and many other major decisions, Daniel Andrews has failed to work with those who will be most affected by this decision, CFA volunteers.

‘I understand the Parliamentary Secretary for Emergency Services and Labor Member for Eastern Region Ms Harriet Shing recently attended a local VFBV meeting and refused to answer questions about this exact proposal.

‘That is not good enough for local members who give so much of their time, effort and experience to support our community when in need.

‘This model may see an inexperienced, fresh out of college graduate career firefighter directing a volunteer with more than 40 years experience due to this new chain of command.

‘We cannot have a situation where experienced members consider walking away from the CFA due to this restructure and much more detail will be needed to convince those volunteers this is the right move by the Andrews Labor Government.

‘Many questions are unanswered in this split, for example; what happens to money or equipment which has been fundraised for by CFA volunteers, will it be handed over to the new Fire Rescue Victoria, will it be retained by the Andrews Government or something else all together?

‘Volunteers have invested so much in their local brigades both financially and personally and under this decision that could all be stripped away from them.

Mr Blackwood said he would continue to meet with local CFA leaders and volunteers who were venting their anger at the decision that is purely political.

‘This is not about building a safer Victoria, it is about appeasing the UFU, Peter Marshall and those who Daniel Andrews is indebted too.

‘There is not a single review into the emergency fire services that has recommended this type of break- up of the CFA,’ said Mr Blackwood.

Coalitions Federal Budget Commits to Transport Projects

Member for Narracan Gary Blackwood has today thanked the Federal Transport Minister Hon. Darren Chester MP and Federal Member for McMillan Russell Broadbent MP for their commitment to Victorian regional rail with the announcement of $500 million for upgrades in last nights Federal Budget. ‘This investment by the Federal Minister for Transport means projects like the duplicationContinue Reading

Andrews Labor Budget Fails Narracan Again

Member for Narracan Gary Blackwood has said Premier Daniel Andrews has left many critical Narracan projects off the map in this year’s State Budget, only investing the bare minimum in the region. In responding to the Victorian Budget Mr Blackwood said Daniel Andrews has misled Gippsland about potential V/Line improvements announcing funding he simply doesContinue Reading

Blackwood Calls on Andrews to Stand Up for Valley

Member for Narracan, Gary Blackwood, has today called on the Andrews Labor Government to support the Latrobe Valley with a real plan to deliver investment and jobs with only 50 days remaining until Hazelwood closes.   ‘Today marks 50 days until the closure of Hazelwood and increasingly the commentary I hear from local communities isContinue Reading

Hazelwood Loss a Blow for our Local Community, Local Business and Future of our State

Member for Narracan Gary Blackwood has used debate in the Victorian Parliament to highlight the true impact of the closure of Hazelwood on the Latrobe Valley, Gippsland and wider Victorian community. Mr Blackwood said the closure of Hazelwood would have far reaching impacts on public and private sectors who have had access to reliable readilyContinue Reading

Closure of Hazelwood Marks Turning Point for Gippsland and Latrobe Valley

Member for Narracan Gary Blackwood has said today’s announcement by Engie that Hazelwood will close is a major blow to an already struggling Latrobe Valley and wider Gippsland community. ‘Hazelwood has been a core employer within Gippsland and the Latrobe Valley for generations and today’s announcement will fundamentally change the future of our region,’ MrContinue Reading

Lack of Detail in Labor Budget

The Victorian Labor Government’s Budget has again missed the mark in Narracan for a second consecutive year under Daniel Andrews.   Four local schools will see upgrades after being forgotten by the Labor Government in the 2015-16 State Budget however many of the upgrades won’t be seen until 2018-19 and funds allocated fall well shortContinue Reading

Concern Raised Over Port of Melbourne Lease Bill

  Member for Narracan Gary Blackwood has raised concerns over the Andrews Governments haste in attempting to lease the Port of Melbourne. Speaking in Parliament on a Matter of Public Importance (MPI) Mr Blackwood said that the Government was attempting to block the Victorian Oppositions scrutiny of the Port of Melbourne Lease Transaction Bill 2015.Continue Reading


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2017
May
19
Labor Plan to Break Up CFA Revealed
“ Concerns have been raised that a decision to split the professional and volunteer fire fighting ...”
10
Coalitions Federal Budget Commits to Transport Projects
“ Member for Narracan Gary Blackwood has today thanked the Federal Transport Minister Hon. Darren Chester ...”
02
Andrews Labor Budget Fails Narracan Again
“ Member for Narracan Gary Blackwood has said Premier Daniel Andrews has left many critical Narracan ...”
Feb
09
Blackwood Calls on Andrews to Stand Up for Valley
“ Member for Narracan, Gary Blackwood, has today called on the Andrews Labor Government to support ...”
2016
Nov
10
Hazelwood Loss a Blow for our Local Community, Local Business and Future of our State
“ Member for Narracan Gary Blackwood has used debate in the Victorian Parliament to highlight the ...”
03
Closure of Hazelwood Marks Turning Point for Gippsland and Latrobe Valley
“ Member for Narracan Gary Blackwood has said today’s announcement by Engie that Hazelwood will close ...”
Apr
27
Lack of Detail in Labor Budget
“ The Victorian Labor Government’s Budget has again missed the mark in Narracan for a second ...”
2015
Aug
10
Concern Raised Over Port of Melbourne Lease Bill
“   Member for Narracan Gary Blackwood has raised concerns over the Andrews Governments haste in attempting ...”


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