Friday, 7 October 2011
Rural Fire Brigades Association calls on Government to redirect the $18,000,000 QFRS budget surplus, back to supporting RFS Volunteers, Auxiliary and Urban Firefighters
As a listed stakeholder in the DCS Annual Report, the RFBAQ calls upon the department to re-invest the $18 million surplus back into the provision of frontline services and support.
With a serious fire season already hanging over Queensland communities, the Association would not accept to see this money moved to prop up other departments that have over-run budgets.
Out of the 1,400 brigades in Queensland, 76% receive no levy funding, and the Association is calling upon the Government to direct the Department to retain this money for the provision of Queensland Fire and Rescue Service.
“In the period to 30 June 2011, the department delivered its agreed services and realised an operating surplus of $19.27 million through prudent financial management. This surplus was achieved in a period of lower economic growth than experienced in previous years and a year which saw increased demand for services due to a period of prolonged natural disasters.
The surplus will be used as a funding source for capital acquisitions to enhance service delivery in the future. Strong financial management has allowed the department to invest in the modernisation and expansion of infrastructure across the state.”
Department of Community Safety – Annual Report