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The Nationals Member for Gippsland South, Danny O’Brien is congratulating local volunteer emergency service groups who were successful in gaining a share in over $14 million that was recently distributed as part of the 2020-2021 Volunteer Emergency Services Equipment Program (VESEP).

Mr O’Brien said there were several volunteer emergency services groups in Gippsland South that have been desperate for facility and equipment upgrades for some time now and it was great to the funds delivered.

“Our emergency service volunteers are invaluable, and it is crucial that they have the equipment they need to assist in a crisis,” Mr O’Brien said.

“These funds will go towards minor facility upgrades, operational equipment, and vehicles.”

The following Gippsland South Volunteer Emergency Services were successful in receiving funds from the 2020-2021 VESEP:

  • District 10 DPC CFA - $50,665
  • Kongwak & District CFA - $2,333
  • Loch Sport CFA - $66,667
  • Pound Creek CFA - $3,987
  • Ruby CFA - $193,333
  • Stradbroke CFA - $57,900
  • Won Wron CFA - $571
  • Yanakie CFA - $36,667
  • Venus Bay Surf Life Saving Club - $17,630
  • Waratah Beach Surf Life Saving Club - $123,069
  • Woodside Beach Surf Life Saving Club - $15,388
  • Gippsland Squadron, Australian Volunteer Coastguard - $3,876
  • Port Albert Coast Guard VF19 - $28,304
  • Port Welshpool Coast Guard VF20 - $7,398
  • Rosedale SES - $65,443.

Mr O’Brien said while he is pleased to see funds on the table for equipment and minor facility upgrades, he is concerned that many local emergency service volunteers are still left operating out of unsuitable facilities.

“New fire stations are desperately needed at Yarram, Foster, Golden Beach and Mirboo North.

“The brigade volunteers at these fire stations can barely get their truck into the outdated shed.

“The current stations are out-dated and not designed to cater for modern trucks.  It’s too cramped and not safe for the volunteers.

“Our firefighters do so much for the local community and they need to have modern up-to-date facilities that are fit-for-purpose.”

The Nationals Member for Gippsland South Danny O’Brien is concerned for the safety of brigade volunteers working out of stations that are not fit-for-purpose.

 

23 March 2021

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