Emergency Service groups receive funding
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Emergency Service groups receive funding

Lakes Entrance Surf Life Saving Club and Johnsonville and Mossi-Tambo fire brigades have been successful in the latest round of the Volunteer Emergency Services Equipment Program (VESEP) grant stream.

Gippsland East Nationals MP, Tim Bull, said following last summer’s fires and other challenges that the region has endured in recent years, it was important local emergency services agencies were supported.

“East Gippsland is a great place to live, work and raise a family, but we have our fair share of challenges and our volunteer agencies are always at the forefront of that response, so it is imperative they receive our support,” he said.

Local recipients are:

• Tambo Valley SES $64,000 towards a new Toyota Hilux
• Sarsfield CFA $130,800 towards a big fill vehicle
• Swift’s Creek CFA $120,800 towards an ultra-light tanker
• Bendoc SES, $63,000 towards a new Toyota Hilux
• Cann River SES $64,300 towards a new Toyota Hilux
• Mallacoota SES $31,700 towards a generator trailer and electrical upgrade
• Mallacoota Surf Life Saving Club $20,500 for two new outboards, equipment and trailer
• Mallacoota Coast Guard $48,000 towards a new 4x4 quad cab and $7,300 for operational equipment
• Lakes Entrance Surf Life Saving Club $38,000 towards a Toyota Hilux
• Johnsonville Fire Brigade $53,300 for internal works
• Mossi-Tambo Fire Brigade $66,500 for extension works
• Stratford CFA $38,000 towards a field command vehicle
• Stratford SES $62,000 towards a new Ford Ranger

“The VESEP annual grants program gives volunteer emergency service groups the opportunity to apply for grants of up to $150,000 to purchase equipment including vehicles, trucks, tankers, watercraft and trailers, and for minor improvements including refurbishments and amenities, such as kitchens and change rooms,” said Mr Bull.

“The Government matches every $1 paid by volunteer groups with a $2 co-contribution.”

Thursday, March 25 2021