Rowan Edwards (left) is devastated that he will not be able to become a cadet like his brother Zachary, (far right). He is surrounded by family and ESC members.
Rowan Edwards (left) is devastated that he will not be able to become a cadet like his brother Zachary, (far right). He is surrounded by family and ESC members. Robyne Cuerel

Supporters set to fight cadet cuts

CONTINUING outcry from Fraser Coast residents over a State Government decision to remove funding for the Emergency Service Cadet Program reveals the disappointment many feel.

The LNP announced last week it had stripped $1.2 million in yearly funds from the program, essentially forcing its closure.

The cadet training module had been created to act as a breeding ground for future generations of SES and other emergency service volunteers or staff.

In the aftermath of the government's decision, Chronicle readers are making their feelings known. Some are taking to Facebook, others writing letters to Member for Hervey Bay Ted Sorensen.

Local woman Amanda Edwards, who had children in the program, said she planned to organise a united community voice to petition for the decision to be reversed.

Ms Edwards said she believed the program was one solution to teen boredom and effects it has on criminal behaviour and delinquency.

"Long-term, fighting for SES cadets to continue, if we are unable to get funding back from the government we will see if we can get part funding from council or Federal Government.

"If all that fails then we will get together as parents and say: 'What can we do for these kids? If everyone else fails us, then what can we do for these kids?'"



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