LOBBYING: The South Burnett Regional Council will be submitting a motion for QFES to increase the staffing levels of their Hazard and Risk Unit.
LOBBYING: The South Burnett Regional Council will be submitting a motion for QFES to increase the staffing levels of their Hazard and Risk Unit. Bev Lacey

Council to lobby for more emergency services staff

SOUTH Burnett Regional Council will be calling for more Queensland Fire and Emergency Services staff.

This will be one of five motions the council will submit at the Local Government Association of Queensland annual conference in October.

Council believes an increase of QFES staffing levels in the Hazard and Risk Unit would ensure expert assistance, guidance and ongoing support was afforded to councils undertaking the Queensland Emergency Management Risk Framework.

After the conference, the Local Government Association of Queensland will lobby the Queensland Government for funding, on a non-competitive basis for local governments to undertake disaster risk assessment.

Councillor Kathy Duff said the call for more emergency services was one of five resolutions the council would take to the conference.

"This is one of another four that we are taking to conference, ones about the waste, and ones about the constitution and recognition,” Cr Duff said.

The conference brings together all Queensland councils to discuss issues of importance to local government.

It is an important opportunity for councils to network, learn, debate and vote on new policies.