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Long wait for news on CFA grants

By McIvor Times

CFA volunteers across the Euroa electorate are still waiting to find out whether they have been successful for grants almost six months after they applied.

Applications for round two of the state government’s Enhancing Volunteerism grants program (EVGP) closed on June 30 last year but brigades have still not been given an outcome on their applications.

Member for Euroa and Nationals deputy leader Steph Ryan is calling on the government to release application outcomes so that brigades have some certainty.

“We just need a yes or a no,” Ms Ryan said.

“Brigades put a lot of time and effort into grant applications and they shouldn’t have to wait half a year to find out whether their application is successful.

“Some brigades have simply assumed they missed out but no one has bothered to tell them.”

Ms Ryan said one brigade received notification that a decision on the grants was being postponed until after the state election.

“Given round one of the grants program had a turnaround time of only three months, I would have expected an announcement well ahead of the recent state election,” Ms Ryan said.

“It is time for the government to hurry this process along and advise brigades on whether or not they have been successful.”

Ms Ryan said the failure to notify brigades of the outcome of grants designed to reward and promote volunteerism in the CFA showed the Andrews government’s apathy towards CFA volunteers.

“Since the election a number of brigades have expressed concern that the Andrews government will now implement its plan to tear the CFA apart by creating Fire Services Rescue Victoria,” Ms Ryan said.

“I will continue to fight Daniel Andrews’ destructive agenda, to give our CFA volunteers the respect and voice they deserve.”