Labor’s $12.8 mn boost to volunteer groups

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Melbourne: 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 has 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, an official press release stated.

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. (TIW)