MEMBER for Murray Plains Peter Walsh has hit out at the state government for grants he describes as ‘‘too little, too late’’.
The government recently announced their Enhancing Volunteerism Grants Program, which aims to assist local CFA brigades in attracting and retaining volunteer firefighters.
However Mr Walsh feels the funding is long overdue and encourages local brigades to apply.
The program offers grants to individual brigades with no minimum or maximum amount, and grants to groups of at least 10 brigades of up to $250,000.
“Our country volunteers are dedicated to their communities, but the Melbourne Labor government’s sustained attack on the CFA has seen confidence plunge,” Mr Walsh said.
“I have spoken with many CFA volunteers who have expressed their disgust with the shabby way in which they have been treated by Daniel Andrews. They are seriously questioning their ongoing commitment to the CFA.
“Daniel Andrews’ hypocrisy knows no bounds and one can’t help but see the irony in this funding announcement, but I do encourage local brigades to use the program to counter the devastating impact the events of the last 12 months has had on current, and more particularly on future CFA membership.”
Funding can help cover items such as marquees, tables, chairs and fridges, medium rigid licence training for members or events to thank volunteers and local community members for support.
For details call Peter Walsh’s office on 5482 2039 or email [email protected]