SES makes case for cur­rent fund­ing model

Central and North Burnett Times - - NEWS -

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.

PHOTO: CON­TRIB­UTED

REP­RE­SENT­ING THE RE­GION: Act­ing Com­mis­sioner Mike Wass­ing with North Burnett SES lo­cal con­troller Brian Lowe.

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