Legislation that volunteer firefighters fear will tear apart the CFA has been sent to a parliamentary committee for consultation, after it failed to receive enough support to pass Parliament’s Legislative Council.
Member for Euroa Steph Ryan said the outcome was a win for volunteers from across the region.
‘‘This whole saga has had an enormous toll on volunteers from across the Euroa electorate who have been fighting to stop the bill,’’ Ms Ryan said.
‘‘We owe a lot to the tireless efforts volunteers from districts 12, 22 and 23 have put in to raising concerns about Daniel Andrews’ proposal to split the fire services.
‘‘The government did its best to ram the legislation through without consultation with CFA volunteers but in the end, thanks to pressure from The Nationals, Liberals and crossbench MPs, Labor realised it didn’t have enough votes to pass the bill.’’
Ms Ryan said she had met with fire brigades across the electorate and had many conversations about the bill with individual volunteers in recent weeks.
‘‘Many are deeply concerned that the government has broken the CFA volunteers charter through its refusal to consult with them on the legislation before it was introduced,’’ Ms Ryan said.
‘‘There are also grave concerns about the damage it will do to the surge capacity of the CFA, exposing us in the event of a large fire.
‘‘The committee process will provide our local volunteers with an opportunity to give evidence and raise concerns about the impact of legislation, so I am very pleased it has been sent for further investigation by a Parliamentary committee.’’