Third CFS brigade refuses to fight fires on South Australian government land in protest against Emergency Services Levy


Third CFS brigade refuses to fight fires on South Australian government land in protest against Emergency Services Levy

19 November 2014

published by www.adelaidenow.com


Australia —  Opposition sustainability, environment and conservation spokeswoman Michelle Lensink said the Echunga CFS Brigade was the latest to refuse to attend to any bushfires on government land.

“It is clear that the Weatherill Labor Government has absolutely no idea just how much of an impact its excessive ESL hike will have on South Australian families and businesses,” Ms Lensink said.

“Premier Weatherill needs to sit up, take notice and start listening to South Australians.

“Our CFS volunteers perform a fantastic and vital community service and they have been treated with complete and utter disrespect by the Weatherill Labor Government.”

Echunga’s stand follows that of two other brigades — Greenpatch and Kapinnie on the Eyre Peninsula — who last month began protesting against the ESL hikes by refusing to attend fires.

“I encourage all South Australians to write to Independent Ministers Geoff Brock and Martin Hamilton-Smith and let them know in no uncertain terms what they think about being hit with these massive ESL increases,” Ms Lensink said.

Treasurer Tom Koutsantonis said the Government would reinstate discounts on the ESL “if (Prime Minister) Tony Abbott overturns the $898 million health and education cuts over the next four years in South Australia”.
 


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