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Protecting Residents In Victorian Care Facilities

16 November 2016

The Andrews Labor Government has switched-on a further 62 power generators to residential care facilities located in areas of high bushfire risk across the state.

Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change Lily D’Ambrosio today announced the completion of Stage 5 of the Local Infrastructure Assistance Fund in Cowes, visiting the locally installed generator at Grossard Court which can now secure the electricity supply for its 80 residents.

The LIAF is a $40 million program to assure continuous back-up power to residential care facilities, cutting the risk of any disruption to power supplies during extreme bushfire weather conditions.

By December 2016, approximately 14,000 vulnerable Victorians in residential care facilities across 55 Local Government Areas will benefit from greater power reliability.

Once installed, the generators kick in within seconds of a power fault, ensuring the power is always on.

This work is part of the Labor Government’s $750 million Powerline Bushfire Safety Program, a recommendation from the Victorian Bushfires Royal Commission.

For more information on the generator program, visit www.delwp.vic.gov.au/energy/electricity/powerline-bushfire-safety-programExternal Link

Quotes attributable to Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change Lily D’Ambrosio

“We’re putting people first by implementing responsible prevention measures across rural and regional Victoria that save lives.”

“These residents can rest assured that the lifesaving medical equipment they rely on will always have a backup power supply.”

“Installing these generators will protect Victorians in residential care and provide jobs for local tradesman and suppliers.”

Reviewed 19 August 2020

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