The Andrews Labor Government today announced it is installing more back-up diesel generators in residential care facilities in areas of highest bushfire risk to make sure the power is always on for the residents who rely on electricity for their health and well-being.
Minister for Energy and Resources, Lily D’Ambrosio today launched the latest stage of the generator program, opening it up to applications from residential and disability facilities in 12 new regions.
Applications are now open to residential and disability facilities across East Gippsland, Campaspe, Greater Shepparton, Moira, Strathbogie, Ararat, Corangamite, Glenelg, Moyne, Southern Grampians, Warrnambool and Greater Bendigo.
The installation of generators is part of the Powerline Bushfire Safety Program which is working to make powerlines safer and reduce the chance of fires starting in high risk bushfire areas.
Quotes attributable to Minister for Energy, Lily D’Ambrosio
“This Government is opening up the biggest stage yet of this important program that is delivering improved power reliability to Victorians living in care facilities across regional and rural Victoria.”
“The installation of these generators will ensure critical life support equipment, air-conditioning and facility security remains operable during power disruptions, including disruptions from extreme weather and safety measures that reduce bushfire risk.”
“The generator here at the Whittlesea Lodge Residential Care Facility is making sure the power is always on for these residents who rely heavily on electricity for their health and wellbeing.”
Reviewed 19 August 2020