RECORD BOOST TO FUND TRUCKS, TANKERS AND NEW EQUIPMENT FOR EMERGENCY SERVICES VOLUNTEERS
Member for Benalla, Bill Sykes today encouraged local emergency services groups to apply for grants of up to $100,000 under the Victorian Coalition Government’s multi-million dollar program for new operational equipment.
Dr Sykes said the Coalition was investing a record $12.23 million to ensure emergency services volunteers have the tools they need to do their job protecting communities.
Under the Volunteer Emergency Services Equipment Program (VESEP), grants of up to $100,000 will go to emergency services groups for operational equipment such as vehicles, trucks, tankers, watercraft, trailers and to make minor facility improvements.
Many CFA groups throughout the Benalla Electorate have previously benefitted from VESEP funding. Some of the funded items and projects include amenity upgrades at Bright, Goomalibee, Booroolite and Maindample, a quick fill pump at Mudgegonga, command vehicle at Mansfield, medium tanker at Avenel, chainsaw and floating pump at Yarck, landcruiser at Benalla and light tanker at Baddaginnie.
The Coalition Government contributes $2 for every $1 contributed by volunteers from organisations such as the Australian Volunteer Coast Guard Association, CFA, Life Saving Victoria, VICSES, or any eligible volunteer emergency services groups.
Since 2011, the Coalition Government has paid $23.55 million towards new equipment for 457 emergency services groups under this program.
Dr Sykes said the VESEP was a partnership between the Coalition Government and communities to help emergency services volunteer groups purchase equipment that supports the ongoing protection and safety of all Victorians.
“Our emergency services volunteers are the backbone of Victoria’s emergency response so we want to ensure they have the latest equipment available to help them carry out their vital work.”
Dr Sykes said with this year’s record boost, it was anticipated even more equipment would be delivered to volunteer groups.
“We will continue to ensure our emergency services volunteers are better equipped to respond safely and effectively to emergencies, whether it be floods, storms or bushfires.”
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