Labor Government To Deliver $12.8m Boost To Volunteer Groups

31 March 2016

The Andrews Labor Government will provide $12.8 million to help fund equipment for volunteer emergency services organisations across the state.

Minister for Emergency Services Jane Garrett today announced applications have opened for the 2016-17 Volunteer Emergency Services Equipment Program (VESEP).

VESEP offers grants up to a maximum of $100,000 for emergency service volunteer groups to assist them when responding to emergencies such as fires, floods, heatwaves, storms, water rescues or related incidents.

The grants are used to purchase additional operational equipment, vehicles, trucks, tankers, watercraft and trailers and to support minor facility improvements.

The Government will contribute $2 for every $1 of funding contributed by the local volunteer groups.

The program is open to:

  • Australian Volunteer Coast Guard Association
  • Country Fire Authority
  • Life Saving Victoria
  • Victoria State Emergency Service
  • Other eligible volunteer emergency services groups as defined in the Emergency Management Manual Victoria

The Government’s $12.8 million towards the program is almost $300,000 more than the previous year.

For further information on the program, visit Link

Quotes attributable to Minister for Emergency Services Jane Garrett

“Our local emergency service volunteers are dedicated to keeping Victorians safe. We rely on them to protect our communities from fires, floods, storms and water emergencies.”

“The Andrews Labor Government is supporting emergency service volunteers by providing access to funds for vital equipment so they can carry out their roles safely and efficiently.”

“I strongly encourage all eligible groups to apply for Volunteer Emergency Services Equipment Program funding, particularly local volunteer groups who would benefit from a boost to their resources.”

Reviewed 19 August 2020

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