- Volunteer fuel card will be available to eligible brigades, groups and units
- Card budgeted until 2020-21
- Financial management and use of card does need to be addressed
Emergency Services Minister Fran Logan said the volunteer fuel card scheme has been extended to 2020-21.
The card was haphazardly introduced by the Liberal National Government with no sustainable funding and is another financial mess the McGowan Labor Government has had to fix.
It was funded until only 2018-19 but the McGowan Labor Government has acted to keep the card in place and make it sustainable given the State's serious financial position.
Under the scheme, brigades, groups and units can apply for $1,000 to be spent on fuel for private vehicles.
The card is a small token of appreciation for volunteers but by its nature it is not practical and needs to be reviewed.
Many volunteers have told Mr Logan on his visits to their organisations that a single card cannot be easily shared among often dozens of volunteer members.
It is incumbent upon the McGowan Labor Government to make sure the scheme is not only sustainable and practical, but there is also appropriate oversight.
Comments attributed to Emergency Services Minister Fran Logan:
"The fuel card is an acknowledgement of an emergency service volunteer's dedication and invaluable commitment to their community, which is why the McGowan Labor Government is extending the scheme.
"This decision provides certainty for volunteers into the future.
"The card was not implemented correctly and, in some cases, has just caused unnecessary headaches for volunteers.
"Yet another Liberal-National mess that the McGowan Labor Government has had to clean up.
"Applications for the volunteer fuel card will be open in due course and the McGowan Labor Government will continue to ensure taxpayer funds are accounted for and spent appropriately."
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