An­drews won’t rule out MFB ex­pan­sion

Seymour Telegraph - - NEWS -

Vic­to­rian Pre­mier Daniel An­drews has re­fused to rule out a po­ten­tial ex­pan­sion of the Metropoli­tan Fire Brigade to re­gions cur­rently pro­tected by the CFA.

The Pre­mier re­cently faced ques­tions in Par­lia­ment from The Na­tion­als and Lib­er­als on whether he would guar­an­tee no changes to the ex­ist­ing boundaries of the CFA and MFB.

The ques­tions came af­ter Mem­ber for Euroa and Deputy Leader of The Na­tion­als Steph Ryan tabled a pe­ti­tion bear­ing al­most 2500 lo­cal signatures in sup­port of the re­gion’s CFA vol­un­teers.

Ms Ryan said she was con­cerned about re­ports Mr An­drews was ne­go­ti­at­ing with the UFU to ex­tend the MFB’s cover­age area to in­clude outer metropoli­tan ar­eas and ma­jor re­gional cities in or­der to have his ‘‘de­struc­tive’’ En­ter­prise Bar­gain­ing Agreement passed.

She said The Na­tion­als and Lib­er­als had also promised to give vol­un­teers a say in ev­ery en­ter­prise agreement that im­pacted on the CFA and its op­er­a­tions.

‘‘Any CFA board that dis­re­spects the Vol­un­teer Char­ter will be sacked, ’’ Ms Ryan said.

‘‘Our lo­cal CFA vol­un­teers are mod­ern-day he­roes, giv­ing their time to protect our safety, yet Daniel An­drews re­fuses to an­swer le­git­i­mate ques­tions in Par­lia­ment about the govern­ment’s plans.’’

Ms Ryan said her pe­ti­tion called for Mr An­drews to keep his hands off the CFA and had been sup­ported by 2000 peo­ple from across the Euroa elec­torate, with an ex­tra 500 signatures com­ing in through her web­site.

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