Locals win through emergency volunteer grants
Local emergency services volunteers are getting a well-deserved funding boost, thanks to the Emergency Services Volunteer Sustainability Grants Program.
The Nationals Member for Gippsland South, Danny O’Brien, has congratulated local emergency volunteer groups, who shared in over $150,000 worth of funding in round one of the grants program.
Emergency volunteer groups receiving grant funds within Gippsland South include; Port Albert Volunteer Coast Guard ($40,937), Port Welshpool Volunteer Coast Guard ($7,500), Stradbroke Group of Fire Brigades ($6,337), Willung South Fire Brigade ($6,350), Seaspray Surf Life Saving Club ($28,950), Venus Bay Surf Life Saving Club ($11,499), Waratah Bay Surf Life Saving Club ($7,500), Woodside Beach Surf Life Saving Club ($7,500), and Loch Sport SES Unit ($40,385).
“Our emergency services volunteers do a great job for our community and these grants will help them undertake much needed training, help supply small equipment and contribute towards important projects.
“There are new vehicles for Port Albert Coast Guard and Loch Sport SES and funds for the new patrol tower for the surf club at Seaspray.”
A number of statewide emergency volunteer groups will also be receiving much-needed funds.
Just over $5 million in funding was awarded in round one of the $15 million Emergency Services Volunteer Sustainability Grants Program.
Applications are being assessed on a regular basis and will be announced in stages until the program allocation is expended in 2016-17.
Information on how to apply for grants can be found on the Emergency Management Victoria website at www.emv.vic.gov.au/esvsgrants.
The Nationals Member for Gippsland South, Danny O’Brien, pictured congratulating Port Albert Volunteer Coast Guard commodore Terry Young, and with Seaspray SLSC president James Brown.