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Wednesday, 15 February 2017


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 Castlemaine SES to congratulate them on their successful grant application for:

  • Facility improvement - new.  Sealing of carpark at rear of LHQ - $25,000.


Other beneficiaries of the grant include:

  • Campbell’s Creek CFA – $15,407 for Operational equipment - Drager thermal imaging camera kit, 2 x Pelican area lights with rechargeable batteries and Quickfill Honda petrol engine Davey gusher.

This is a total contribution of $40,407 for emergency volunteers in the Castlemaine community.

These grants will assist emergency volunteers in central Victoria 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

Quotes attributable to Ms Edwards

"This is an exciting day for the Castlemaine area 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 central Victoria 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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