Member for Narracan Gary Blackwood will ignore a ban by the Andrews Labor Government which has tried to stop local members of Parliament from visiting and speaking to CFA branches in their electorates.
Mr Blackwood said the ban sought to undermine the role of local Members of Parliament in their own electorates and that he would continue to visit local CFA branches and speak at their celebrations if invited to do so.
‘The recent actions by the Andrews Government to prevent opposition members of Parliament from discharging their duties they were elected to perform is further proof of the bullying tactics it is prepared to use,’ Mr Blackwood said.
‘Our local Country Fire Authority brigades work closely with their local Members of Parliament, and MPs consider it their duty to support their local brigades, whether in government or opposition.
‘For any government or puppet of the Andrews Government to attempt to undermine this relationship is another kick in the guts for our dedicated CFA volunteers.
Mr Blackwood said he had been invited to a number of local branch events in coming months and that he would honour those invitations to support the outstanding work of local volunteers.
‘I will be attending at least three brigade 70th anniversary celebrations over the next month.
‘I have been respectfully invited as their local Member of the Victorian Parliament.
‘I will speak as requested.
‘These events are held to remember the contribution generations of local family members have made to the safety of their community, with their relentless dedication to their local brigade.
‘The events are not about their local Member of Parliament, and they are certainly not about the Premier,’ said Mr Blackwood.