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Election platforms shared
STATE Government reforms to the
emergency sector, one under con-
sultation and one already in effect,
could threaten the future of the
services, local Country Fire Service
The Emergency Services Levy hike
this year has dealt a blow to farmers,
who, despite forming a vital part of the
Country Fire Service, are facing some
of the highest increases throughout the
On its heels is a proposal to merge
the Country Fire Service, Metropolitan
Fire Service and State Emergency Ser-
vice into one de-
A key recom-
mendation of the
Review of the Fire
Services Act 2005,
it proposes the ser-
vices continue to
but under the di-
rection of one chief
backlash from local
CFS brigades, which have joined forces
to campaign against the reforms.
A letter signed by the 11 group of-
ficers of the South Australian CFS
Region 2 has been circulating through-
out the Adelaide Plains, Mount
Lofty Ranges, Yorke Peninsula
and Lower Mid North, seeking sup-
port for their campaign against the
Light Group officer Phillip Earl
said the Emergency Services Levy has
increased by up to 1200 per cent for
He said farmers have invested thou-
sands of dollars to install quality equip-
ment into their vehicles to assist with
fires as well as their own time, and their
employees' time only to receive "a slap
in the face".
"There's just so many people that
have said to me they'll help out
their neighbours, they'll help out their
local community, but don't expect
them to go to the likes of Bangor
again, if something like that should
happen this year," he said.
"A lot of people give up time and
money to help out...and then they're
getting hit with this, plus a sector re-
Para Group officer Robert Styl-
ing said the CFS was not broken and
"shouldn't be messed with".
"Any merger between a volunteer
group and paid staff just doesn't work,"
"They have different cultures, differ-
ent ethos and they don't mix.
"I can see volunteers falling away in
Mr Styling believes the proposed
merger will affect the peri-urban bri-
gades, while the Emergency Services
Levy hike would put undue pressure
on the rural bri-
"Whilst it im-
pacts us differ-
ently... those two
things have just
body together to
think, hang on,
is threatening our
for a whole range
of reasons," he
Tony Piccolo said he has received feed-
back from many in the sector and was
"working through the issues they have
"My door is always open to discuss
matters and I am very conscious of the
pressures that volunteers are under so I
am happy to meet them in their com-
munities," he said.
Mr Piccolo met with local CFS vol-
unteers at Dalkeith on Monday night
to discuss the issue.
Premier Jay Weatherill told The
Bunyip last week the sector reform was
about "improving the structure".
"It's not driven by cost saving, it's all
about making the service better and we
won't do it if it doesn't make the service
better," he said.
"The idea is to put every dollar that's
saved through administrative savings
of having three separate structures back
into front line services."
The decision on the emergency sec-
tor reform is likely to be made before
the end of the year.
NEW candidates contesting the
Gawler Council local government
election gave a picture of their vision
for the community in a forum last
The independently organised event, held
at Café Nova, attracted eight candidates to
speak, plus mayoral contenders John Bolton
and Peter Graham.
Among those new candidates at the fo-
rum, Merilyn Nicolson, Martin Bailey and
Cody Davies had attended the previous
week's Gawler Council-organised event.
Many of the candidates at last night's
meeting addressed the need for a better busi-
ness representation on council, among them
"I believe business people need to be in-
volved with council," Mr Lambert said.
"I have come on board to, hopefully, be
an influence for the businesses and to boost
employment by encouraging good, steady
businesses in town."
James Buckoke echoed those sentiments.
"I'm a bit dismayed to see that we are not
progressing with our business, I would like
to encourage business back to Gawler and
fill some shops up," he said.
Jim Vallelonga added he is keen to "fix"
the main street but also to see "development
on the outside of Gawler".
"We don't have logistics in Gawler, I reck-
on that's what we've got to get more of," Mr
Some discussed the need for a greater
community voice on council.
"I believe that we need people that have
that focus about what's good for the com-
munity that I'm very much a part of," Rob-
ert Laidlaw said.
Two incumbent members of council,
Scott and Diane Fraser, also attended the
forum but were prevented from addressing
Following their presentations, candidates
mingled with those in attendance, discussing
their policies and platforms.
-- Mayoral campaigners share
thoughts, pages 14-15
-- Councillor pro les,
COUNTRY Fire Service volunteers who
are diagnosed with certain types of cancers
will have access to compensation, the State
Government announced this week.
The scheme can be accessed by volunteers regis-
tered after July 1, 2013 and remain in place for a
decade after a volunteer stops operation activities.
Costed at $7.8 million for the first year, it will
increase to $13.4 million in the 10th year, with
funding arrangements beyond 2014/15 to be
considered as part of next year's budget.
Member for Light Tony Piccolo also visited
the Dalkeith CFS on Monday to make the an-
Local CFS volunteers have been campaigning
for compensation for more than a year.
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There's just so
many people that have said
to me they'll help out their
neighbours, they'll help out
their local community, but
don't expect them to go to
the likes of Bangor again, if
something like that should
happen this year.
Two Wells and Dalkeith CFS volunteers (from left) Craig Bensch, Kym Barrowcli , Karlee Mutch, Jack Lange, Josh
McGilloway, John Raymond, Chris Mosby, Matt Sepping and Steve Shaw are standing up against proposed
emergency sector reforms and the Emergency Services Levy increase.
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