NEW EQUIPMENT FOR MACEDON EMERGENCY SERVICES VOLUNTEERS

Emergency services volunteers in Macedon will share in over $230,000 in grants for new equipment, thanks to the Andrews Labor Government.

Member for Macedon, Mary-Anne Thomas, today announced that local emergency services volunteers will benefit from the latest round of funding.

Vehicles and Appliances grants

  • Langley-Barfold CFA will receive $118,500 for an Ultra-Light Tanker
  • Trentham CFA will receive $53,333 for a Field Command Vehicle

Crew Cab (Replacement)

  • Woodend SES will receive $51,944 for a VW Amarok 4×4 dual cab utility

Minor Facilities grants

  • Clarkefield & District CFA will receive $1,667 for a portable generator
  • Coliban Group of Fire Brigades will receive $2,150 for a marquee
  • Woodend CFA will receive $14,334 for a generator

These grants are among 230 new grants for emergency service volunteer brigades and units around the state, as part of the $13.3 million 2018-19 Volunteer Emergency Services Equipment Program (VESEP).

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

Under the VESEP, the Labor Government matches every dollar paid by volunteer groups with a $2 co-contribution – this year increasing the maximum contribution from $100,000 to $150,000.

Contributions this year include:

  • almost $9.8 million for volunteer Country Fire Authority brigades
  • more than $2.1 million for State Emergency Service units
  • more than $315,000 for Marine Search and Rescue, including the Australian Volunteer Coast Guard Association
  • almost $800,000 for Life Saving Victoria clubs
  • almost $340,000 for other volunteer agencies.

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

Quotes attributable to Member for Macedon, Mary-Anne Thomas

“Volunteers are at the heart of our emergency services and these grants will ensure they have the modern equipment they need to keep our local communities safe.”

“I want to congratulate and thank our local volunteers for raising the money they have to secure the funding they needed for this great new equipment.”