FUNDING BOOST FOR BELLARINE VOLUNTEERS

Volunteers in the Bellarine Region are receiving a welcome funding boost, thanks to the Andrews Labor Government.
Minister for Emergency Services James Merlino recently announced the outcome of the 2017-18 Volunteer Emergency Services Equipment Program, delivering grants to 300 successful applicants.
Lisa Neville MP said that Leopold CFA will receive $46,667 to assist with the purchase of a Field Command Vehicle that will replace a 5 year old brigade owned vehicle.
Emergency services volunteers across the state will share in $13 million in grants to help them keep Victorian communities safe. “Volunteers on the Bellarine do an incredible job keeping the local community safe and they deserve nothing but the best equipment.” Ms Neville said.
The program funds operational equipment, including vehicles, trucks, tankers, watercraft, trailers and minor facility upgrades.
Ms Neville said, “This funding boost will help volunteers to keep the community safe and I wish them all the best.”
Across Victoria the grants package assists all our emergency services volunteer organisations, including:
• $9.55 million for volunteer CFA brigades
• $2.05 million for SES units
• More than $750,000 for Life Saving Victoria clubs
• More than $320,000 for the Australian Volunteer Coast Guard Association
• Almost $290,000 for other volunteer organisations
• Almost $50,000 to cover additional costs incurred by volunteers.
The Labor Government is also allocating almost $2.5 million in state-wide initiatives. For more information about the grants, visit the Emergency Management Victoria website: https://www.emv.vic.gov.au/