28th of May, 2024
Victorian Legislative Council, Melbourne

RACHEL PAYNE (South-Eastern Metropolitan): My constituency question is for the Minister for Emergency Services. My constituent is a man living in Frankston North. He volunteers his time to support the State Emergency Service Frankston unit. Thanks to incredible volunteers like him, we have a 480,000-strong team prepared to respond to a wide range of emergencies throughout Victoria. Unfortunately, this unit is forced to rely on volunteer-led fundraising to procure equipment and maintain facilities. Many other states include their State Emergency Service in the broad emergency services levy – Victoria does not. So, my constituent asks: what is the minister doing to ensure indexed sustainable funding so this unit and my constituent can continue the good critical work they do?

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