CFA vol­un­teers are still wait­ing

Seymour Telegraph - - NEWS -

Mem­ber for Euroa Steph Ryan said lo­cal CFA vol­un­teers were still wait­ing to find out whether they had been suc­cess­ful for grants, al­most six months after they ap­plied.

Ap­pli­ca­tions for round two of the Vic­to­rian Govern­ment’s En­hanc­ing Vol­un­teerism grants pro­gram (EVGP) closed on June 20, but brigades have still not been given an out­come on their ap­pli­ca­tions.

Ms Ryan is call­ing on the govern­ment to re­lease ap­pli­ca­tion out­comes so that brigades have some cer­tainty.

‘‘We just need a yes or a no,’’ Ms Ryan said.

‘‘Brigades put a lot of time and ef­fort into grant ap­pli­ca­tions and they shouldn’t have to wait half a year to find out whether their ap­pli­ca­tion is suc­cess­ful.

‘‘Some brigades have sim­ply as­sumed they missed out but no-one has both­ered to tell them.’’

Ms Ryan said one bri­gade re­ceived no­ti­fi­ca­tion that a de­ci­sion on the grants was be­ing post­poned un­til after the state elec­tion.

‘‘Given round one of the grants pro­gram had a turn­around time of only three months, I would have ex­pected an an­nounce­ment well ahead of the re­cent state elec­tion,’’ Ms Ryan said.

‘‘It is time for the govern­ment to hurry this process along and ad­vise brigades on whether or not they have been suc­cess­ful.’’

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