BELLARINE BENEFITS FROM $13 MILLION BOOST FOR EMERGENCY SERVICE GRANTS

CFA, SES and Surf Life Saving Clubs will share in more than $13 million in grants for the equipment, trucks, and facilities they need to keep Victorians safe.

The Andrews Labor Government today announced the recipients of the 2016-17 Volunteer Emergency Services Equipment Program.

Under the program, the government commits $2 for every $1 raised by volunteer groups to help them buy additional equipment including trucks, tankers, watercraft and trailers, and carry out minor facility upgrades.

Member for Bellarine Lisa Neville said five locally based organisations, all who do a superb job in protecting the Bellarine, are among the recipients.

Mannerim CFA will receive $100,000 for a light tanker and Wallington CFA $2,000 for an alarm system.

Bellarine SES has received $19,000 for a new utility transport vehicle.

Point Lonsdale Surf Life Saving Club received $59,736 for an all-terrain vehicle and the Ocean Grove Coast Watch and Marine Rescue Squad $22,019 for a tow vehicle.

For more information about the Volunteer Emergency Services Equipment Program, visit emv.vic.gov.au.

Quotes attributable to Lisa Neville:

“These grants will provide a welcome boost to Bellarine volunteer emergency service organisations helping them buy the equipment they need to keep local communities and residents safe.”

“The Andrews Labor Government is supporting emergency service volunteers to do their life-saving work safely and effectively by providing grants for vital equipment and resources.”