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NSW fire levy could cost $300 a year | #NoNewTax #FBEU #NSWpol

The NSW government s new fire and emergency services levy could cost ratepayers about $300 a year.

Fire Brigade Employees’ Union secretary Jim Casey says the government has a clear agenda to reward big business by transferring costs away from them to working families.

He says it makes sense for insurance companies to provide the bulk of fire service funding because they benefit from quality fire services, saving them billion of dollars in claims.

Combined Pensioners and Superannuants Association of NSW spokeswoman Amelia Christie said pensioners were over-represented among home owners without building insurance because they couldn’t afford the premiums.

She called for a fire levy safety net for those on low, fixed incomes genuinely unable to afford to pay it.

“Those deemed unable to pay should not be placed in financial hardship by the introduction of a property-based fire levy.”

via NSW fire levy could cost $300 a year – The West Australian.

About Darin Sullivan (1968 Articles)
President of the Fire Brigade Employees’ Union and a professional firefighter with more than 25 years’ experience. Father of two daughters, he lives and works on the NSW South Coast, Australia. He is a strong advocate for firefighters and emergency service workers with an interest in mental health issues and caring for those around him. He is a Director on the NSW Fire Brigades Death and Disability Super Fund and works with charities including ‘The Movember Foundation’. As a leader and activist he has long been active in the campaign for action on climate change. Now a Station Commander in the fire and rescue service in NSW and has decades of experience fighting fires, both rural and urban. He is passionate about highlighting the impact climate change is having on fire preparedness and fire behaviour in Australia, and the risks associated with inaction on climate change. Darin is also a spokesperson for the Australian Climate Media Centre.
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