Morwell CFA forced move under fire in State Parliament

The Andrews Labor Government relented under pressure today and finally agreed to meet with Morwell CFA Brigade volunteers.

A representative from the Office of the Minister for Emergency Services, met with the Morwell CFA volunteers who made the trip to State Parliament.

The Nationals Member for Eastern Victoria, Melina Bath questioned the Minister during parliament why she had failed to respond to Morwell CFA volunteers and why she was forcing them to move without consultation.

“The Morwell CFA volunteers have for many months been voicing their strong objections to moving to the soon to be built Fire Rescue Victoria (FRV) station.

“Volunteers have clearly articulated in a letter sent to the Minister for Emergency Services and all Gippsland MP’s, why and how co-location will hinder the growth of volunteer services in Morwell.

“It is disappointing volunteers had to make the trip to State Parliament before the Labor would acknowledge their issue.”

Morwell CFA Volunteers reiterated today they will not be forced to move.

Ms Bath said the volunteers are concerned moving to the new FRV station will not improve service delivery, but instead hinder it.

“Morwell CFA volunteers have also invested their hard-earned fundraising dollars into their current home, which could be lost if they’re forced to move,” said Ms Bath.

“Other CFA brigades such as Lara and Eltham are either in negotiations or have confirmed separation of volunteers and career staff.

“A suitable arrangement must be negotiated to meet the current and future needs of the Morwell volunteers.”

Ms Bath said she would continue to back the Morwell CFA volunteers and called on the Minister for Emergency Services to herself meet with the Morwell CFA volunteers.