Bath backs Gippsland volunteer firefighters
Thursday 19 November
Member for Eastern Victoria Region Melina Bath has joined the fight for legislation that will give all firefighters non-discriminatory access to compensation for cancers contracted as a result of their work.
Ms Bath recently visited local fire stations including Ruby and Newborough and has signed a pledge to support volunteer firefighters having equal rights in relation to presumptive cancer legislation.
“The Nationals are proud to show our support to all CFA volunteers to fight for equal protection,” Ms Bath said.
“Our volunteer country firefighters do amazing work risking their lives to protect others and we will not support an unfair system that favours some firefighters over others.”
Ms Bath said the introduction of presumptive legislation would provide a greater level of protection for almost 60,000 CFA volunteers across the state who provide a critical role in Victoria’s emergency response.
She said The Nationals, in Government, were strong supporters of Victoria’s CFA volunteers.
“Last year in Government we announced we would introduce this presumptive legislation and we also provided the CFA with $125 million to enable stations across the state to be replaced or upgraded, including many in my electorate,” Ms Bath said.
“These upgrades ensure that the communities these brigades cover are better protected from the threat of fire and in addition, our dedicated volunteers have facilities that are safe, fit-for-purpose and meet their needs.”
Ms Bath said her lower house colleagues had formulated a petition calling on the Andrews Government to ensure presumptive cancer legislation is equal for all firefighters.
“I believe whether you’re fighting fires as a paid member or volunteer you should be afforded equal rights and I would encourage my constituents to sign this petition and support our local firefighting volunteers,” Ms Bath said.
Petitions are available from Nationals MPs offices in Gippsland including Ms Bath’s at 181 Franklin St, Traralgon.
Media Contact: Renee Switzer 5174 7066
Photo: Member for Eastern Victoria Region Melina Bath pledges her support for CFA volunteers at Ruby Fire Brigade.