Local groups benefit from emergency services grants
The Nationals Member for Gippsland South, Danny O’Brien, has congratulated local emergency volunteer groups, who shared in over $322,000 as part of the 2017-18 Volunteer Emergency Services Equipment Program (VESEP).
Emergency volunteer groups receiving funding within Gippsland South include;
Port Albert Volunteer Coast Guard ($3,700), Port Welshpool Volunteer Coast Guard ($39,553), Devon North Fire Brigade ($20,000), Loch Fire Brigade ($46,667), Port Albert Fire Brigade ($7,630), Pound Creek Fire Brigade ($24,353), Strzelecki Fire Brigade ($5,272), Welshpool Fire Brigade ($9,867), Seaspray Surf Life Saving Club ($30,613.95), Venus Bay Surf Life Saving Club ($7,757.33), Waratah Beach Surf Life Saving Club ($18,625.57), Woodside Beach Surf Life Saving Club ($8,000), and Leongatha SES ($100,000).
Mr O’Brien said our local emergency service volunteers do a wonderful job in protecting the community and these grants will help to ensure they have the equipment and facilities to do the job.
“The VESEP program funds operational equipment, including vehicles, trucks, tankers, watercraft, trailers and minor facility upgrades,” Mr O’Brien said.
"Our country communities are built on the backs of our volunteers and I take this opportunity to once again thank our tireless community volunteers, who give their own time and expertise to keep our communities safe.
“I congratulate all these organisations in my electorate who have been successful for this funding and hope it goes some way to assisting this summer.”