Rural firies weigh up election options

RURAL and regional fire-fighters' voices have been heard by five parties contesting the 2015 Queensland election.

As voters head for the polls next Saturday, the Rural Fire Brigades Association of Queensland urged its 35,000-member volunteer workforce to consider commitments from the LNP, Labor, Katter's Australian party, One Nation and The Greens.

"Rural fire brigade volunteers and brigade supporters can now make an informed decision regarding the level of support offered by registered political parties for the Queensland state election," RFBAQ general manager Justin Choveaux CORRECT said.

The Palmer United Party and the Family First Party Queensland have yet to respond to an RFBAQ call for pledges.

"The LNP ... has developed an excellent working relationship with the RFBAQ and we have listened carefully to your concerns," a letter from the LNP to the RFBAQ said.

However, no policies were outlined.

Deputy opposition leader Tim Mulherin said brigades would play a vital role during bushfire season.

"Rural fire brigades, supported by a re-elected Labor Government, will play a more enhanced role in the early preparation of the bushfire ground before the commencement of fire season," Mr Mulherin said.

- APN NEWSDESK



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