The Andrews Labor Government continues to put Ballarat and Western Victorian residents at risk by refusing to station a firefighting Aircrane in Ballarat, says Member for Ripon Louise Staley.
Today Ministers Neville and D’Ambrosio announced that the Andrews Government would station the two Aircranes at Essendon and Moorabbin Airports, with no Aircrane located closer to the bushfire-prone areas of Western Victoria than Essendon Airport, over 100km away from Ballarat.
“This Melbourne-centric Andrews Labor Government have once again put Regional Victorians at risk with this short-sighted decision to locate both the Aircranes in Metropolitan Melbourne,” Ms Staley said.
“It’s yet another decision that endangers people living outside the tram tracks. From attacking the CFA to refusing to release fuel load maps, it is clear that Daniel Andrews and Labor do not care about those Victorians who don’t live in Melbourne.”
“The former Liberal Government and previous Labor Governments stationed an Aircrane at Ballarat that was, therefore, able to attend bushfires in Western Victoria much quicker than one stationed at Essendon or Moorabbin. I call on the Andrews Labor Government to station an Aircrane at Ballarat immediately.”
An Aircrane firefighting aircraft was stationed at Ballarat until the 2016 summer.