SES makes case for current funding model
NORTH Burnett’s SES local controller Brian Lowe said he “waits with interest” to hear the result of a review of the SES’s current funding model, which was previewed at the biannual state conference in Townsville last month.
Fire and Emergency Services Minister Craig Crawford announced the review would take place following a submission by the Local Government Association of Queensland to transition from a shared model between state and local governments, to primary responsibility resting with the State Government.
“I do wait with interest the review on the current funding arrangement between State Government and regional councils,” Mr Lowe said.
“The North Burnett Regional Council offers great support and responses to requests from the North Burnett SES unit and I would appreciate that valued relationship continuing into the future.
“Should the State Government give more financial support to the regional councils I feel the councils are better positioned to assist their regional SES unit.”
QFES Acting Commissioner Mike Wassing said the review would involve “extensive” consultation with SES groups and units, as well as local government and other disaster management stakeholders.
Mr Lowe said the biannual state conference was “welcomed” by local controllers.
REPRESENTING THE REGION: Acting Commissioner Mike Wassing with North Burnett SES local controller Brian Lowe.