Martin Tebbutt’s campaign for a fire break

We highlight farmer Martin Tebbutt’s fight with the NSW state bureaucracy for the right to clear a fire track around his property.
In our summary we examine the issues surrounding the Bushfire Envirjonmental Code, which is in need of a complete revision.

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Bullying, Harassment and Discrimination in the RFS

The VFFA made a submission to an Upper House inquiry into Emergency Service Agencies on the 23rd of July 2017.
In that submission, the VFFA highlighted the following key issues:
• RFS failure to properly engage local knowledge.
• Prevalence of bullying, harassment and discrimination in the RFS.
• RFS disciplinary procedures do not provide appropriate procedural fairness and impartiality and have been developed in a way that appears to favour the salaried NSW RFS staff, not the volunteer.
• Nepotism, Favouritism and Similar Forms of Discrimination.

The VFFA also pushed for relocation of the RFS Headquarters to a regional area to break the city centric and ‘Boy’s Club’ culture that had developed.

A total or 27 recommendations were made to the NSW Government by the Legislative Council, Portfolio Committee No. 4 – Legal Affairs.

The NSW Government response was disappointing without any significant actions by the NSW RFS until the most recent display of interest by the current RFS Commissioner, Mr. Rogers.

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News Roundup May 4th

It’s great to see so much Hazard Reduction taking place all across the state and we’ve summarised some of the stories reported in the last week.
Bullying & harassment remain in the news and the Sydney Morning Herald quoted VFFA President Mick Holton as saying it was a step in the right direction, but we’re not there yet.
David Littleproud tells us he is disappointed that only NSW & Tasmania have supported the Royal Commission recommendations.

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News Roundup 20th April

Early Sunday morning Shoalhaven Heads RFS was called to a fire in a property on Coolangatta Road.
This is one of a number of stories from around teh state in this weeks News Roundup.

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Funeral Arrangements for Peter Joseph Cannon OAM

Dearly loved husband of Valerie.

Much loved father and father-in-law of Adam, Megan and Mitch, Todd and Clare, and Wade.

Adored Poppy of Tahlia, Max, Joey, Edith, Lucy, and Harriet.

The Cortège is appointed to leave St James’ Catholic Church, Peak Hill after a Requiem Mass commencing at 10.00 am, on Friday, April 23rd, 2021, for interment in the Catholic Portion of the Peak Hill Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, Donations to the peak Hill Hospital Auxiliary will be gratefully accepted at the service.

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