Victoria State Emergency Service (VICSES) volunteer leaders have gathered in western Victoria for an annual leadership seminar.

Member for Bendigo West Maree Edwards, representing the Minister for Emergency Services James Merlino, addressed VICSES unit controllers from Victoria’s western region this morning.

The State Controllers Seminar is being held in Creswick, and is a great opportunity for unit controllers and deputy unit controllers to sharpen their skills and meet their counterparts from other areas.

The western region seminar follows on from a similar event for VICSES leaders in the state’s east, which was held in Eumemmerring in Melbourne’s south-eastern suburbs last month.

VICSES is a volunteer-based organisation which provides assistance to Victorians during emergencies, and also helps strengthen the community’s capacity to plan and recover when emergencies occur.

The Victorian Budget 2018/19 has allocated more than $43 million towards upgrading and building new VICSES, CFA and Life Saving Victoria facilities.

Major VICSES projects include providing funding so the Cobram SES and Wonthaggi SES can start work on their new headquarters, while a major rebuild of the Essendon SES unit will also take place.

The government is also funding the $10 million Emergency Services Volunteer Sustainability grants program, which provides training and development grants for emergency service volunteers across the state.

Quotes attributable to Member for Bendigo West Maree Edwards

“VICSES unit controllers do an outstanding job, and this conference is a great opportunity for them to develop skills and share ideas.”

“This is a fantastic knowledge-sharing event which enhances the skills of our volunteer leaders, helping them to effectively lead and motivate their teams.”

Posted by:Maree Edwards MP