At a recent visit to Gisborne SES, Member for Macedon, Mary-Anne Thomas said the Andrews Government will provide up to $12.54 million to support volunteer emergency services organisations to protect lives and property across the state.

Ms Thomas said applications for up to $100,000 for emergency service volunteer groups are now available under the Volunteer Emergency Services Equipment Program (VESEP).

Ms Thomas encouraged local volunteer groups across Hepburn Shire and surrounding areas to apply for the program saying it is “a great opportunity for volunteer organisations to boost their resources”.

“The grants can be used to purchase additional operational equipment, vehicles, trucks, tankers, watercraft, trailers and support for minor facility improvements.”

“Volunteers across Hepburn Shire and surrounding areas perform a vital role and are the backbone of the emergency services organizations that we all rely upon. Their dedication and hard work keeps our community safe and help us recover in times of emergency”.

The government will contribute $2 for every $1 of funding contributed by the local volunteer groups.

The program is open to the:

  • Australian Volunteer Coast Guard Association
  • Country Fire Authority
  • Life Saving Victoria
  • Victoria State Emergency Service
  • Other eligible volunteer emergency services groups as defined in the Emergency Management Manual Victoria.

“The Victorian Government is well aware of the importance of our emergency service volunteers being prepared when responding to emergencies such as fires, floods, heatwaves, storms, water resources or related incidents”.

“This funding, which is $400,000 more than made available under the previous government, ensures our emergency service volunteers are well prepared to carry out their roles safely and efficiently”.

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