Rural firefighting service the CFA is axing 164 jobs in the lead-up to summer to save $16m a year, a leaked report says.
Victoria’s Coalition government, which is facing an election on November 29, has insisted that the CFA restructure will only affect backroom staff.
Wade Noonan, Labor’s emergency services spokesman, said the job cuts would put Victoria’s population at risk. “We have to support firefighters, because they protect our families,” he said. “Only a Liberal would cut funds to firefighting at the start of bushfire season. Locals aren’t going to forget this.” - Full Story
A Labor government will restrict high-rise development on most of the Port Phillip Woollen Mill site at Williamstown, incumbent MP Wade Noonan promised residents at a candidates forum last Thursday.
“Let me put this in its purest terms – if Labor wins the election, and if the Hobsons Bay City Council come forward and they want to change the planning controls on those parts of the site that haven’t been the subject of a successful application to date, Labor will accommodate that by way of a planning scheme amendment.
Mr Noonan said a Labor government would also order an inquiry into appropriate buffer distances between residential development and major hazard facilities (MHFs).
Liberal candidate Alan Shea did not attend the candidates forum. - Full Story
The days of firefighters digging a hole out the back of the CFA shed are over.
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