Guy says he will fight

Politicians continue to hold a flame for firefighters’ beef over

RALLYING SUPPORT: Victorian Opposition leader Matthew Guy believes there will be a loss of morale if a restructure of the CFA goes through. Pictured are (from left) John Chiswell, Kerri Brooks, Bernie Wallis, Steph Ryan (MLA, Euroa), Steve Muckenthaler, Ken Sloper and Matthew Guy. PHOTO: Will Murray

VICTORIAN Opposition Leader Matthew Guy and Steph Ryan (MLA, Euroa) spoke with CFA volunteers at the Creightons Creek Hall last week about the State Government’s proposed changes to the organisation.

Those who attended the meeting voiced their concerns over the Andrews Government’s proposal to make the CFA a volunteer-only organisation, and create an entirely separate entity Fire Rescue Victoria, comprising the MFB and paid CFA staff.

Mr Guy impressed on those who had gathered in the hall, which included CFA members from a number of local brigades that he and his party would not allow the changes to pass into legislation without a fight.

“If these changes go through it will result in a huge loss of morale for volunteers,” Mr Guy told the Gazette.

“The real question is why make these changes in the first place, when Daniel Andrews has given us no articulated reason, no smoking gun, for doing so.”

When asked how the changes, which will not directly affect the entirely voluntary brigades in this region, the Opposition leader said that the ambiguities of the proposal made it difficult to say definitively what would be the result of these changes.

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