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Council to consider request for more rural fire funds

SOMERSET Regional Council has today confirmed a request from Queensland Fire and Emergency Services (QFES) for increased rural fire funding for next financial year.

Published: 13th March 2020

SOMERSET Regional Council has today confirmed a request from Queensland Fire and Emergency Services (QFES) for increased rural fire funding for next financial year.

Mayor Graeme Lehmann said the request would need to be considered by the new council following the 28 March election.

“I recently attended the annual local area rural fire finance meeting in Harlin with Deputy Mayor Dan Hall and met with many volunteer and professional firefighters from across the region,” Cr Lehmann said.

“It’s important people remember just how much damage was caused by bushfires in Somerset late last year and what an amazing job our local volunteer firefighters did to protect our community.

“These will not be the last bushfires we have in Somerset and both council and QFES will keep preparing for disasters of all types.

“Council has always met formal QFES funding requests previously.

“Council will also review matters like its disaster communications with the community and how we can best get messages out to residents quickly and effectively during an emergency.

“I encourage everyone to sign up for free weather alerts at our website and also to note our network of LED signs.”

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