Twelve Western Victorian CFA’s and Life Saving Clubs will receive brand new equipment in the latest round of the Brumby Labor Government’s Community Safety Emergency Support Program (CSESP) grants, Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney MP announced today.
Country Fire Authorities in this round of funding include:
– Spring Creek CFA which will receive $100,000 for a new Light Tanker ($24,000 Brigade contribution)
– Franglingham CFA which will receive $100,000 for a new Light Tanker ($24,000 Brigade contribution)
– Peterborough CFA which will receive $100,000 for a new Ultra Light Tanker ($20,000 Brigade contribution)
– Hopkins-Curdies CFA which will receive $42,170 for a new Field Command Vehicle – Toyota HiLux ($21,090 Brigade contribution)
– Mortlake CFA which will receive $30,000 for a new Field Command Vehicle – Holden Colorado ($15,000 Brigade contribution)
– Anglesea CFA which will receive $3,207 for IT training equipment ($1,603 Brigade contribution)
– Wallacedale CFA which will receive $2,667 for a quick fill pump ($1,333 Brigade contribution)
Life Saving Clubs in this round of funding include:
– Kennett River LSC which will receive $51,869 for Clubhouse refurbishments ($26,869 Club contribution)
– Bannockburn LSC will receive $46,071 for a 4WD to replace the old vehicle ($20,850 club contribution)
– Lorne LSC which will receive $30,495 for a rescue equipment upgrade ($15,247 Club contribution)
– Port Fairy Marine Rescue Service which will receive $20,000 for a rescue vessel and equipment storage facility ($10,085 Club contribution)
– Otway LSC which will receive $13,188 for 4WD Vehicle red plate buy back, safety equipment and map books ($6,954 Club contribution)
“These CFA’s and LSC’s have a proud tradition of protecting our local communities and I am sure this new equipment will help volunteers as they carry out their important work,” Ms Tierney said.
“This is a great example of the CSESP in action, and underlines the strength of this partnership between communities, volunteers, emergency services agencies and the Brumby Labor Government.
“Last year there was unprecedented demand through this funding program and the Government has responded by doubling the funding available to more than $6.8 million for 2010, allowing local brigades to receive funding for extra emergency equipment.”
The grant is part of more than $5.2 million going to CFA brigades, and $400,000 going to Life Saving Victoria Clubs across the state helping 69 CFA brigades and 13 Life Saving Clubs secure $9.3 million and in additional emergency services equipment.
To date, CFA brigades have received 467 grants worth almost $17.3 million through the CSESP, enabling the purchase of more than $39.5 million in trucks, tankers and other equipment.
Life Saving Victoria clubs have received 151 CSESP grants worth more than $2.9 million enabling the purchase of almost $7.8 million in rescue equipment and vehicles.
“These grants are in addition to this year’s emergency services budget aimed at ensuring Victorian communities are better prepared to address future emergencies,” Ms Tierney said.
“Since 2001, more than $30 million in grants has been delivered through the CSESP, directly assisting Victoria’s emergency services volunteers purchase almost $65 million in emergency equipment to protect their local communities.”
Ms Tierney said the Brumby Labor Government was proud to support Victoria’s emergency services.
Ms Tierney said the 2010/11 State Budget announced a range of measures aimed at further strengthening the state’s emergency response.
“The State Budget gave Victoria’s emergency services a $136.6 million injection and cemented the Government’s commitment to providing our emergency services volunteers with the resources they need,” she said.
Measures funded in the State Budget include:
• $35.4 million for personnel training at Incident Control Centres;
• $28.5 million to upgrade and improve bushfire warnings and upgrade intelligence gathering, and;
• $41.8 million for CFA to help communities better prepare themselves for the bushfire season.
The CSESP is a Victorian Government initiative funded through the Community Support Fund.