The Andrews Labor Government will provide new tankers and equipment to several brigades in the Macedon Ranges as part of a state-wide investment in new emergency services equipment.
Minister for Emergency Services Lisa Neville has announced 294 new grants totaling more than $13.75 million as part of the 2019–20 Volunteer Emergency Services Equipment Program (VESEP).
Member for Macedon Mary-Anne Thomas thanked the brigades 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.
The grant recipients include:
Bullengarook CFA – Medium Tanker Springfield CFA – Medium Tanker Romsey CFA – Field Command Vehicle Clarkefield CFA – Concrete Driveway, Shade Sails, Flag Poles and Quick Fill Pump Site Mount Macedon CFA – Defibrillator Toolern Vale CFA – Projector and Screen Under the VESEP, the Government matches every $1 paid by volunteer groups with a $2 co-contribution.
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 Macedon Mary-Anne Thomas
"CFA volunteers across the Macedon Ranges region make a vital contribution in protecting our communities, that’s why we’re providing brigades with the essential equipment they need to carry out their work."
"Summer is here and it’s important that families across the Macedon Ranges have their fire plans prepared."