I give my unequivocal support for the re-introduction of a levy to ensure proper and ongoing funding for the Hinterland Rural Brigades.
I will be arguing in favour of this in the GCCC budget deliberations, and I will be encouraging all councillors to recognise the SUBSTANTIAL work all the brigades do for our community, not only in their local areas, but in fires affecting urban areas, as was clearly witnessed when fires threatened the Pacific Pines community.
I was always a supporter of meeting the funding needs of the brigades during my time as a Councillor, and I will be again. I am simply aghast to learn that the current funding scenario has left brigades exposed. This is untenable. I will fight for immediate change!