Local emergency groups to receive equipment funding
05 November 2021
Eight CFA brigades and three SES units across the Euroa electorate will receive funding under the latest round of the Volunteer Emergency Services Equipment Program (VESEP).
Member for Euroa and Deputy Leader of The Nationals Steph Ryan said it was important local emergency services were well equipped, with an increased risk of grassfires forecast this summer following a wet winter and spring.
“These grants will allow brigades to purchase critical operational equipment and appliances to help serve and protect our local communities ahead of the approaching fire season,” Ms Ryan said.
“Eight local brigades and three SES units will receive a share of more than $300,000 of funding for vehicles and appliances and minor facility improvements that will ensure their betterment of future firefighting capabilities.
“The VESEP provides $2 for every $1 raised by local brigades whom do an extraordinary amount of their own fundraising throughout the year.”
Ms Ryan said successful CFA brigades and SES units included:
- Avenel CFA: $13,334 towards a new generator to provide community refuge during power outages
- Bailieston CFA: $6,666 towards building a new office space for brigade members
- Boho CFA: $442.00 towards new brush cutter and blower for station maintenance
- Euroa SES: $81,476 towards minor facility improvements
- Goomalibee and Upotipotpon CFA: $2,115.15 towards new station storage
- Mitchell Shire CFA Group: $43,334 towards vehicle and appliances
- Murchison SES: $21,221 towards minor facility improvements
- Ruffy CFA: $66,666 towards an extra station bay to store vehicles
- Rushworth SES: $67,347 towards vehicle and appliances
- Toolamba CFA: $14,983 towards electronic sign board indicating fire danger rating
- Tooborac CFA: $788.53 towards new operational equipment
“I congratulate local CFA brigades and SES units who have done the hard yards to fundraise towards these grants,” Ms Ryan said.
“We rely heavily on our amazing volunteers to protect us from fires, floods and natural disasters and it is important that we support those who support us.”