Barnett Government continues to run down public services in times of crisis


The impact of the devastating fires that destroyed 162 homes in Yarloop, Waroona and surrounding towns and sadly claimed two lives will be felt for a long time to come.

What is evident in tragic events like this is how the community responds and everyone pitches in to do what they can to help others out.

Much of the spotlight has been on the hard work of all the frontline fire fighters who were battling the massive blaze.

Without destracting from their efforts we need to acknowledge that there were many people involved in varied and diverse roles in a fire response including people working in Parks and
Wildlife, Child Protection and Family Support, Food and Agriculture, Health, Main Roads, Fire and Emergency Services, Forest Productivity Commission, Police, Water Corporation and the many
volunteers assisting in similar support roles.

Their efforts include establishing and running evacuation centres, dealing with accommodation requests from people who have now been made homeless, relocating and treating farm animals,
providing water supplies and much more.

Work from these government agencies will be compromised in the future however if the Barnett Government continues to run down public services through cuts to jobs and services.

Just before Christmas the government announced a recruitment freeze and further job cuts and people are going to struggle to deliver quality public services in the future.

People working in public services make a real difference in the community, particularly in times of crisis and are part of our community’s foundation.

Events like the Yarloop fires should be a reminder to Colin Barnett that we need to change direction and invest in things that matter to our community such as public services.

Toni Walkington
WA State Branch Secretary/General Secretary

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