The Victorian Government is investing $460,094 in coast guard and surf lifesaving in Eastern Victoria to improve infrastructure and facilities, back in the important work that our volunteers do and provide a boost in employment within the local community.

Member for Eastern Victoria Jane Garrett today announced four projects would receive funding to deliver vital repairs and refurbishments.

The four projects are amongst 125 projects sharing in $20 million in funding under the Emergency Services Refurbishment Fund, as part of the government’s $2.7 billion Building Works package.
These four projects include:

Port Welshpool Coast Guard facility redevelopment.
– Demolition of existing building and construction of new shed and office area. $300,000.

Paynesville Coast Guard secondary vessel navigation upgrade.
– Replacement of existing aged navigational equipment with new interoperable Furuno systems. $19,326.

Woodside Beach SLC clubroom OH&S upgrades.
– Replacement of roof and staircases to the bunk rooms to ensure safety standards are met. Installation of non-slip commercial vinyl to floor in first aid room and amenities. Privacy screen and vanity installation in female and male bathrooms. Replacement of doors and windows for the front of the club rooms. $84,464.

Woodside SLSC MSAR vessel repair.
– Replacement motor for RHIB and fuel tank, maintenance of hull, repairs/procurement of safety equipment, chart plotter, and FLIR, including costs of marine surveyor to assess and service boats. $56,304.

The investment enables volunteer emergency services agencies to carry out urgent maintenance, repairs and upgrades to extend the life and improve safety of their existing facility and asset portfolios, and provide support to Victorian businesses and workers affected by the downturn in the Victorian economy caused by the pandemic.

Projects will commence in the coming weeks at local Country Fire Authority brigades, Victoria State Emergency Service units, Life Saving Victoria clubs and Marine Search and Rescue flotillas across Victoria. Agencies are engaging businesses from their local communities to undertake the work and to supply equipment and materials.

The funding will be administered by the Community Safety Building Authority, which oversees infrastructure projects on behalf of the Department of Justice and Community Safety.

Quotes attributable to Member for Eastern Victoria Jane Garrett

“The eight projects will improve the condition of critical infrastructure and ensure that emergency services in Eastern Victoria will be able to continue their incredible work keeping the community safe.”

“The Emergency Services Refurbishment Fund will extend the life of existing facilities and resources, while developing job opportunities within the local community.”