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Thursday, 23 November 2017

FUNDING BOOST FOR BENDIGO FIRE BRIGADES & SES VOLUNTEERS

Volunteers in Bendigo are receiving a welcome funding boost, thanks to the Andrews Labor Government.

Minister for Emergency Services James Merlino recently announced the outcome of the 2017-18 Volunteer Emergency Services Equipment Program, delivering grants to 300 successful applicants.

Member for Bendigo West Maree Edwards, and Member for Bendigo East Jacinta Allan today announced that several Fire Brigades and SES Units will receive funding.

-       The Fortuna Group of Brigades will receive $26,000 to purchase a new Field Command Vehicle. The Fortuna Group of Brigades includes Bendigo, Eaglehawk, Golden Square, Huntly, Kangaroo Flat, Lockwood, Maiden Gully, Marong and Strathfieldsaye.

-       $4,500 of funding will also be provided to the Oscar 1 Emergency Response Team to purchase an underground Mine Communication System.

-       The Golden Square Fire Brigade will receive $155,460 to replace their 23 year old Salvage Vehicle.

-       $100,000 will be given to the Bendigo SES towards the purchase of a new Medium Rescue Truck. Each vehicle needs to be replaced every ten years and this boost will help them to purchase the vehicle.

-       The Marong SES will now be able to purchase a new Storm Assistance Trailer with $28,453 being presented.

Emergency services volunteers across the state will share in $13 million in grants to help them keep Victorian communities safe.

The program funds operational equipment, including vehicles, trucks, tankers, watercraft, trailers and minor facility upgrades.

Across Victoria the grants package assists all our emergency services volunteer organisations, including:

  • $9.55 million for volunteer CFA brigades
  • $2.05 million for SES units
  • More than $750,000 for Life Saving Victoria clubs
  • More than $320,000 for the Australian Volunteer Coast Guard Association
  • Almost $290,000 for other volunteer organisations
  • Almost $50,000 to cover additional costs incurred by volunteers.

The Labor Government is also allocating almost $2.5 million in state-wide initiatives. For more information about the grants, visit the Emergency Management Victoria website:  https://www.emv.vic.gov.au/

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