Un­cer­tainty re­mains

Ru­ral fire ser­vice area com­man­der un­sure of unit’s fu­ture

Central and North Burnett Times - - LOCAL NEWS - ❏ Bran­don Livesay

UN­CER­TAINTY sur­rounds the fu­ture of the North Bur­nett Ru­ral Fire Ser­vice.

Cuts to fund­ing for fire­fight­ing ser­vices have been a con­cern for ru­ral res­i­dents af­ter the an­nounce­ment of the State Gov­ern­ment’s bud­get cuts last month.

And a lack of com­mu­ni­ca­tion has area com­man­der Adam Gwinn un­sure on any re­struc­tur­ing that might oc­cur.

“We don’t know how much money we have or what po­si­tions will be changed,” Mr Gwinn said.

“We haven’t had our

We haven’t had our re­struc­tur­ing yet. We’re not sure on any­thing.

re­struc­tur­ing yet, we’re not sure on any­thing.”

Me­dia ad­vi­sor for the Min­is­ter for Po­lice and Com- mu­nity Safety Danny Don­ald said there was an on­go­ing “re­view of the ru­ral fire ser­vice in Queens­land”.

He said the re­sults would be made pub­lic in Fe­bru­ary next year.

Mr Don­ald told the Cen­tral and North Bur­nett Times “there will be no clo­sure of dis­trict fire of­fices”.

“Peo­ple on the ground and res­i­dents won’t see any change in the fire ser­vice they re­ceive,” he said.

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