GRANTS PROVIDED TO EAST GIPPSLAND CFA

The Andrews Labor Government has awarded new equipment to CFA stations across East Gippsland as part of a state-wide investment in new emergency services equipment.

Minister for Emergency Services Lisa Neville has announced 294 new grants totalling more than $13.75 million as part of the 2019–20 Volunteer Emergency Services Equipment Program (VESEP).

Member for Eastern Victoria, Jane Garrett has thanked all CFA volunteers for their ongoing dedication and support to the community and said the grants will make it easier for them to continue their great work.

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

See the list below of CFA stations who have received the grant and what they will be using it for.

Avon CFA – Light Tanker
Bairnsdale CFA – Supply & install electric gate
Bendoc CFA – Heat strip outdoor portable heater & timer
Briagolong CFA – Cabinetry in Communications room
Bruthen CFA – Thermal imaging camera
Dargo CFA – Patio area & shade sail
District 11 Headquarters CFA – Reversing camera & Defibrillator
Ensay CFA – Ride on mower
Glenmaggie CFA – Shelving
Johnsonville CFA – Colorbond shed
Lakes Entrance CFA – Multipurpose vehicle
Munro CFA – Chainsaw chaps & helmets
Riverslea CFA – Field Command Vehicle
Tarra CFA – Field Command Vehicle
Wairewa CFA – Fire station extension

Under the VESEP, the Government matches every $1 paid by volunteer groups with a $2 cocontribution.

The grants are open to organisations across the state, including the Country Fire Authority, Life Saving Victoria, Victoria State Emergency Service, Marine Search and Rescue units and other volunteer emergency services agencies.

Government contributions for this year include just over $10 million for volunteer CFA brigades and $2.36 million for SES units.

Marine Search and Rescue units will receive $289,259, along with a $791,008 contribution to Life Saving Victoria clubs.

For more information about the VESEP, visit the Emergency Management Victoria website – emv.vic.gov.au

Quotes attributable to Member for Eastern Victoria, Jane Garrett

“The volunteers in East Gippsland make a vital contribution to our emergency services, responding to many incidents every year.”

“Through the Volunteer Emergency Services Equipment program, the we’re providing our brigades, clubs and units with the essential equipment they need to carry out their work.”

“I’d like to thank all of our volunteer groups for their hard work and congratulate the successful applicants in the 2019–20 round of VESEP grants.”