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Friday, 17 November 2017

FUNDING BOOST FOR BENDIGO SES VOLUNTEERS

Volunteers at the Bendigo SES 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 the Bendigo SES will receive $100,000 to purchase a new Medium Rescue Truck.

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/

Quote attributable to Maree Edwards, Member for Bendigo West

“SES Volunteers across our district do an incredible job keeping the local community safe and they deserve nothing but the best equipment.”

Quotes attributable to Jacinta Allan, Member for Bendigo East

“This funding boost will help the Bendigo SES to purchase a new medium Rescue Truck, providing a better service when there is an accident.”

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