Altitude Shift 2017 – Friday 28 April Supporting Children in CareRead More
The UFU’s newly formed Spouse and Partners Support Group for career firefighters of both the MFB and CFA is proud to invite all career firefighters, and their spouses and partners, to its FIREFIGHTERS AND MENTAL HEALTH Awareness Evening this Friday 28 April. It is important that you formally RSVP for catering purposes.
As members would be aware, there has been a lot of speculation in relation to fire service restructuring and other significant matters that could potentially impact on our membership as a whole and indeed the community that we serve.
Members are advised if they are considering retirement or resignation they should wait until the outcome of the following review.
As previously advised, The Andrews Government announced in 2016 that it would commence review of ESSS Defined Benefit Fund within the ESSSuper scheme in 2017, with a report expected to be published in June 2017.
As members are aware the UFU has long campaigned for increases in firefighting resources, to rectify shortages of fire cover to the community in certain areas. The increased firefighting resources includes additional firefighter positions. This has been facilitated by the Andrews Government acting upon submissions from the CFA in the 2009 Bushfire Royal Commission. As a result, the Andrews Government committed to fund the creation of 350 additional firefighter positions between 2015 -2019.
Yesterday, Compassionate Friends Victoria held the ‘Walk 2 Remember’ memorial walk for parents and siblings who have experienced the death of their child, brother or sister. Following a service on Morrel Bridge, attendees were able to connect with other bereaved families over a BBQ lunch.
The UFU is proud to announce that Ballarat City Fire Station Shop Steward Brenton Smith was awarded the Ballarat Trades Hall Young Activist of the Year Award 2017. The Award was presented to Brenton at the Ballarat Labour Day Dinner while his family, many of his colleagues and UFU Officials watched on.
All career firefighters, and their spouses and partners, are invited to a Mental Health Awareness Evening. This is the first event to be held by the UFU’s newly formed Spouse and Partners Support Group for career firefighters of both the MFB and the CFA.
The Andrews Government announced in 2016 that it would commence review of ESSS Defined Benefit Fund within the ESSSuper scheme in 2017, with a report expected to be published in June 2017.
Further to Bulletin #27 advising members of a Special General Members Meeting this coming Thursday March 30, please note that this meeting has been cancelled and will be rescheduled to a later date (TBA)