Dianah Mieglich

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Thank you for your overwhelming support.

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I am close to tears. The support from people all around Australia is amazing and inspiring.

 

When we first proposed this long overdue concept all our emergency service friends said the idea was long over due. Many of the non volunteers thought that such a policy was already in place to help those people who risk their lives to keep all of us safe.

 

Sadly, with one of the effects of climate change being more extreme weather conditions, it would seem that the workload on emergency service volunteers is going to increase. And this is at a time when we see volunteer numbers declining in many areas and in many , often due to the personal financial costs.

 

State governments do what they can, often through assistance to payroll tax concessions to employers but for the individual, other than the odd thank you at a fund raising sausage sizzle, the community relies of their personal passion and commitment to the community.

 

My children are third generation CFS volunteers (cadets). In our region, fires are put out by volunteer firefighters. Road side accidents are attended by volunteers SES, ambulance officers and fire fighters. At sea it is the volunteer coastal patrol who will come to our aid if we get into trouble.

 

It is impractical to imagine a full time funded organisation to provide these services. Therefore we have to rely on volunteers. And I am very proud to be part of that important part of our society.

 

What has also brought me to tears are the stories people are sharing as volunteers. The life times of dedication and support for their communities, our communities. For that matter our nation. 

 

Unfortunately concepts such as Tax Concessions For Emergency Service Volunteers requires the support of the federal government to create the appropriate legislation. I am championing this cause but I can only do it with your support on election day. Therefore, other than asking for your vote, I would implore you to share this idea with your friends, your colleagues, your fellow volunteers.

 

In asking this, I would also ask you to read about our other philosophies and platforms. I am sure you will find that we believe in a dynamic and progressive Australia where we can continue to enjoy our quality of life while at the same time preparing for the future needs of the nation. 

 

Australia is a big country with a relatively small population for that area. This means that when disasters strike we rely on our volunteers.

 

I just want to say thank you to you all.

 

Together we can make Tax Concessions For Emergency Service Volunteers a reality.

 

Dianah

 

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A proud South Australian, Dianah is family and community focused. She has a strong work ethic and commits fully to any role she undertakes – whether it is in a paid or voluntary capacity.
Dianah is an excellent communicator, an empathetic listener and is known for her ability to grasp a sense of the ‘bigger picture’ in her work, family and community life.

With 30 years of grassroots public and community service under her belt Dianah is ready to take her passion for her community as far as she can. Following an unsuccessful Senate bid in 2013 Dianah is now focussing on the future and continued advocacy for her regional community.
Dianah spent four-and-a-half years (2009 - 2013) as Assistant to Independent Member for Frome Geoff Brock MP. This has inspired and motivated her to continue in public service in a voluntary capacity. Among other employment, Dianah has worked for Centrelink, Social Security and Regional Development Australia Yorke & Mid North and is passionate about volunteering. Her children are third generation CFS Cadets. Dianah is currently self employed.

Embracing change, Dianah is an ardent advocate for regional communities, a proud Republican and a staunch supporter of legalising Medical Cannabis and Industrial Hemp. Dianah is also a keen supporter of the State's seafood industry and all facets of primary production.
Dianah's mantra is "Without our environment we have no economy." Dianah believes securing our food and water into the future is not something we should hope for but rather something we should strive for.
Dianah shares a global view.

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