Currumbin MP pushes Labor Government to fix Rural Firies dilemma

7 Aug 2017 4:37 PMJann Stuckey

New laws that commenced today restricting heavy vehicles to the left lanes of the M1 had rural fire brigade members concerned the changes would impede their ability to swiftly respond to emergencies.


Gold Coast Rural Fire Brigades were left in the dark after the Palaszczuk Government’s new M1 heavy vehicle laws failed to exempt the volunteer group’s fire trucks from the left lanes.


On behalf of brigade members Member for Currumbin Jann Stuckey questioned the minister and sought clarification as to why the Labor Government had failed to consider Rural Fire Brigades in their plan.


“Rural Fire Brigades play such an integral role in ensuring we can adequately protect local residents and their properties from catastrophic events,” Ms Stuckey said.


“There are 18 times as many Rural Fire Brigade volunteers as there are permanent firefighters in Queensland, and they have all undergone intense training to ensure they are more than capable of protecting people and property.


“To inhibit their ability to adequately perform their duties in the event of natural disasters, search-and-rescue situations or bushfire, is to completely disregard their contribution to our safety.


“I have finally been advised that as of yesterday, Rural Fire Brigades have been granted a ‘special circumstances permit’ – allowing them to use whatever lane is available to them.


“The lack of forward planning undertaken by Labor is yet another example of sloppy administration from a government who had clearly forgotten about Rural Fire Brigades.


“It is clear Labor are making it up as they go along when it comes to transport solutions for the Commonwealth Games.


“It is appalling that safety could have been compromised in this way, as this incompetent Palaszczuk Labor Government fumble their way toward GC2018.”