Fire services funding under review
NATIONALS Member for Coffs Harbour, Andrew Fraser, says the NSW Government is developing a new model to fund the State's fire and emergency services and is seeking community views.
Fulfilling a Government election commitment, the review of the emergency services levy was announced last Wednesday by the Treasurer, Mike Baird, and the Minister for Police and Emergency Services, Michael Gallacher.
"The government is seeking public submissions to the review until October 8 and I encourage individuals, local businesses and other organisations in my electorate to make their views about the funding options heard," Mr Fraser said.
"There are some serious weaknesses in the current system and NSW property owners who adequately insure their properties are subsidising those who do not.
"The government is considering a number of ways to replace the current insurance-based levy as a better way of funding fire and emergency services.
"Under the current scheme, fewer home owners are insured in NSW than in any other state."
The overall level of funding of fire and emergency services to Fire and Rescue NSW, the NSW Rural Fire Service and NSW SES will not be affected by this review.
Mr Fraser said all other mainland states either fund their emergency services with a property-based levy or are moving to do so.
The discussion paper outlines the case for a new levy and the options for devising one.
Copies are available online at www.haveyoursay.nsw.gov.au/ESL and submissions can be made at the same site.