Fish death query

Mansfield Courier - - Courier | Opinions/People - BY GRACE EVANS [email protected] ne­me­dia.com.au

CON­CERNS have been raised by lo­cals af­ter a small num­ber of GHDG ¿VK KDYH EHHQ IRXQG ZDVKHG up in the Sev­ens Creek over the past WZR ZHHNV

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“We’re also keep­ing an eye on the King Par­rot and Hol­lands creeks

MEM­BER for Eil­don Cindy McLeish (MLA, Eil­don) has crit­i­cised the State Gov­ern­ment for fail­ing to pro­tect lo­cal CFA fire­fight­ers with pre­sump­tive can­cer rights.

“The State Gov­ern­ment lied to our fire­fight­ers when they said they would in­tro­duce pre­sump­tive leg­is­la­tion within 100 days of the Novem­ber 2014 elec­tion,” Ms spo­ken with many lo­cal CFA vol­un­teers who were push­ing for the re­form and wanted to see the Par­lia­ment work to­gether to care for and re­spect fire­fight­ers.

“It is time to put pol­i­tics aside and pro­tect the fire­fight­ers who de­serve our re­spect and sup­port when it comes to their health and well­be­ing while pro­tect­ing our com­mu­nity,” Ms McLeish said.

WATCH­ING ON:ARI staff mon­i­tor­ing in the creek.

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