The delay in the construction of a new Country Fire Service (CFS) shed to house a new truck is “typical Labor bureaucracy”, Australian Conservatives candidate for MacKillop Richard Bateman says.
The South Eastern Times newspaper reports, the Mount Burr CFS will take ownership of a new fire truck in the next financial year but will be forced to house it out of the township due to excessive red tape.
Mount Burr’s existing fire station is unsuitable to house the new truck, with a proposed site being identified as land leased as part of the sale of the state-owned forest.
The construction of a new shed has been held up as a result of the OneFortyOne Plantations lease, as well as three separate ministerial approvals needed to approve the construction.
As a result, the new truck is understood to be housed at the OFO depot near Mount Muirhead.
Mr Bateman said it was “shocking” the Mount Burr brigade had not received top priority for the construction of a new facility.
“The hold-up of this new fire shed is typical Labor bureaucracy which continually hinders and frustrates communities and our volunteer services,” he said.
“It is situations like this why the Australian Conservatives has vowed to slash this unnecessary red tape to allow decisions to be made resulting in more productivity within our communities.”
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Picture: Australian Conservatives' candidate for MacKillop Richard Bateman