Campaspe Shire to scrap SES funding

THE Campaspe Shire will cease funding its State Emergency Services in 2016, saying an increase in council rates has forced the council to review its budget. 

Councillor Leigh Wilson said the council will continue its yearly contribution of about $6000 to each of its four SES units. 

"But our last contribution will be made in the 2016-2017 budget," he said. 

"There will be no commitment to continue funding after that."

Cr Wilson said SES funding, like CFA funding, should be the responsibility of the state government.

"The key word in SES is state, it is time the state government stepped up," he said.  

"We will lobby the state government to provide funding for the units. 

"The SES do so much great work.

"At this stage there is little money available to fund paid positions."

Meanwhile, Bendigo SES had a busy start to the year, with a total of 42 jobs recorded for January. 

The Bendigo SES were called to 21 trees down. 

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