The following Question Without Notice was asked by the Hon Rick Mazza MLC and answered today in the Upper House of Parliament by the Hon Stephen Dawson MLC as the Minister representing the Minister for Finance, Hon Ben Wyatt MLA.
NOTE: This is an issue the Association has spent a great deal of time and effort trying to resolve and while we had not communicated with the Hon Rick Mazza about the issue prior to this question, we sincerely thank him for pursuing this incredibly important issue in Parliament.
FIRE AND EMERGENCY SERVICES — FIRE TRUCKS — DECOMMISSIONING
Hon RICK MAZZA to the minister representing the Minister for Finance:
I refer to my question without notice 238 of 18 March 2020, asked of the minister representing the Minister for Emergency Services, to which I received the response —
The disposal of Department of Fire and Emergency Services vehicles and equipment is governed by the State Supply Commission disposal of goods policy.
(1) Are there any opportunities for regional local authorities or farmers to purchase decommissioned fire trucks directly from the State Supply Commission before firefighting equipment has been removed?
(2) If yes, what is the process they must follow?
(3) If no to (1), why not?
Hon STEPHEN DAWSON replied:
I thank the honourable member for some notice of the question.
(1) No, the State Supply Commission sets the policy for disposal but does not dispose of goods on behalf of other agencies.
(2) Not applicable.
(3) The Department of Fire and Emergency Services, as the accountable authority, is responsible for the disposal of fire trucks.