GRANTS PROVIDED TO SOUTH GIPPSLAND CFA

The Andrews Labor Government has awarded new equipment to CFA stations across South 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.

Devon North CFA – Installation or strip heaters
Dumbalk CFA – Motor room door
Korumburra CFA – Motor room door
Meeniyan & Stony Creek CFA – Ultra light Tanker
Mirboo North CFA – Thermal imaging camera
Poowong CFA – Ultra light Tanker
Stradbroke CFA – Chainsaw & PPC

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 South 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.”