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Wednesday, 15 February 2017

BOOST FOR EMERGENCY VOLUNTEERS IN BENDIGO WEST

Victorian emergency management volunteers are getting a well-deserved funding boost thanks to the Victorian Government’s $15 million Emergency Services Volunteer Sustainability Grants program.

Hundreds of grant applications for equipment, communications, facility upgrades and community engagement and training have already been received from volunteer organisations across the state.

State Member for Bendigo West, Maree Edwards MP, today visited the Marong SES to congratulate them on their three successful grant applications for:

  • Facility improvement - new.  Shed to accommodate trailer, storm trailer, sandbags and miscellaneous equipment - $21,452.
  • Facility improvement - replacement.  Crossover to driveway.  Driveway was installed with a spoon drain, needs to be converted to a crossover - $12,489.
  • Facility improvement - new.  Security cameras for the Marong LHC building - $7,751.

Other beneficiaries of the grant included:

  • Golden Square CFA –  $11,445 for Operational equipment a Drager thermal imaging
  • Maiden Gully CFA - $2,362 for Operational equipment, facility improvement, training and development.  Replacing all existing lights used at Maiden Gully with LED lighting.

This is a total contribution of $55,500 for emergency volunteers in the Bendigo West community.

These grants will assist emergency volunteers in Bendigo in the crucial work they do in keeping the community safe.

Applications for the ESVS Grants Program are still open and I would encourage all eligible emergency volunteers to apply. Organisations are eligible to apply for multiple grants.

To find out more about the ESVS Grants Program and to download the application form visit https://www.emv.vic.gov.au/esvsgrants.

Quotes attributable to Ms Edwards

"This is an exciting day for Bendigo and I congratulate all our grant recipients and hope that it assist them the outstanding job they do in keeping the community safe.”

“I encourage all volunteer brigades and units in Bendigo to visit the Emergency Management Victoria website and apply for a grant.”

“The Andrews Labor Government is supporting the significant contribution of the more than 100,000 emergency management volunteers, investing in equipment, training and facilities to keep our communities safe.”

“The Emergency Services Volunteer Sustainability Grants Program has been established to ensure emergency management volunteers can continue to deliver their crucial work, protecting Victorian properties and lives.”

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