Councils to withhold ESL

After reading the independent review into the devastating Esperance fires that claimed four lives, Julie Matheson’s party, Julie Matheson for Western Australia, is calling on all WA Councils to withhold 50% of the Emergency Services Levy (ESL) until the DFES bureaucracy is sorted out and done quickly.

“It’s another failed agency pretending to give hope that ratepayers’ money is going in the right places to respond to fires, yet the bureaucrats are treating it like an administration slush fund.”

“Bush fire season is coming fast.  Councils withholding ratepayers’ money to speed up the report recommendations is the only way to prevent another disaster like Esperance and Yarloop”, she said.

Media Enquires:  Julie Matheson on 0409 294 495


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