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Monday, July 09, 2012

The NSW Government is developing a fairer, more efficient and transparent funding system for the State’s fire and emergency services, and is seeking the views of the Dubbo electorate, the Member for Dubbo Troy Grant said today.

The review of the Emergency Services Levy was announced on 4 July 2012 by the Treasurer, Mike Baird, and the Minister for Police and Emergency Services, Michael Gallacher.

“The NSW Government is seeking public submissions to the review until 8 October 2012 and I encourage individuals, local businesses and other organisations in my electorate to make their views about the funding options heard," said Mr Grant.

“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.

All other mainland states either fund their emergency services with a property based levy or are moving to do so.

The Funding our Emergency Services Discussion Paper outlines the case for a new levy and the options for devising one. Copies are available online at: Submissions can also be made via the site.

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