A Win for Altona’s Emergency Services Volunteers

Altona Life Saving Club will share in $12.5 million to purchase much-needed equipment across Victoria, as part of the 2015-16 Volunteer Emergency Services Equipment Program (VESEP).

Jill Hennessy, State Member for Altona District, said the VESEP grants would fund operational equipment, such as trucks, tankers, watercraft, trailers and minor facility improvements for volunteer groups.

Altona Life Saving Club will receive a grant of $13,139 to replace a rusted and unsafe all-terrain vehicle (ATV), which is used by the club’s volunteers to patrol Altona Beach and the surrounding foreshore.

Under the program, the Andrews Labor Government contributed $2 for every $1 contributed by local volunteer groups from organisations including the Australian Volunteer Coast Guard Association (AVCGA), Country Fire Authority (CFA), Life Saving Victoria (LSV), Victoria State Emergency Service (VICSES), and other eligible volunteer emergency services groups.

Altona Life Saving Club raised over $6,000 in their local fundraising campaign.

The 2015-16 VESEP program offered grants of up to $100,000.  State-wide, the allocation means that:

  • 43 VICSES units will share more than $2 million to purchase a range of operational equipment including storm trailers, rescue trucks and rescue equipment.
  • 29 grants worth more than $665,000 will be provided to LSV clubs to support patrols with new water crafts and infrastructure upgrades .
  • 202 grants totaling more than $7.1 million will be provided to CFA brigades for equipment ranging from tankers and command vehicles to amenities upgrades.
  • AVCGA flotillas will receive 11 grants totaling more than $213,000 for vessel tracking equipment, radio upgrades and other essential amenities upgrades.
  • Other recipients such as Bush Search and Rescue Victoria, Shepparton Search and Rescue Squad, St John Ambulance Australia and the Torquay Marine Rescue Service will receive grants to purchase or upgrade equipment.

In addition to individual grants, volunteers will also benefit from state-wide initiatives such as $1.9 million to CFA to replace equipment, provide specialist clothing and thermal imaging cameras across Victoria and more than $51,000 to LSV to purchase helmets to improve member safety on inflatable rescue boats.

Quotes attributable to Member for Altona District, Jill Hennessy

“Altona Life Saving Club has been protecting our community since 1927, and they deserve our support. These grants will help give their volunteers the equipment they need to continue to save lives.”

The equipment needed to respond to emergencies is a big cost burden and this funding will go a long way towards reducing pressures on our volunteers.”

Quotes attributable to Minister for Emergency Services, Jane Garrett

The Andrews Labor Government recognises the enormous contribution of our 90,000 volunteers across the state and we’re pleased to support them by helping to fund life-saving equipment and vehicles.”

“Volunteers are the backbone of our community. They help protect the lives of more than 3.3 million Victorians and deserve our support.”

Quotes attributable to Altona Life Saving Club Secretary, Lisa Curran

“We are thrilled, the Club is moving from strength to strength and this grant will help us continue on that path.”

“It’s so important that we have good equipment for the kids who will be our next generation of patrollees”

 

Media Contact: Evelyn Ek 0412 887 853 | evelyn.ek@minstaff.vic.gov.au

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