Member for Eastern Victorian Region, Harriet Shing today announced $480,000 in funding for Gippsland councils to help prepare and protect the local community for emergency events.

Funded as part of the Municipal Emergency Resourcing Program, $4.6 million will be provided yearly to 64 councils located within Country Fire Authority (CFA) districts.

Harriet Shing said councils are key partners in emergency planning and management, with extensive local knowledge and a key connection to the local community.

Councils can be funded individually or in groups, with support ensuring councils are able to adequately prepare for future emergency events and help their communities to become more resilient.

Funding under the Municipal Emergency Resourcing Program reflects the Andrews Labor Government’s commitment to helping local councils strengthen their emergency management capacity and capability, particularly in rural, regional and peri-urban areas.

Quotes attributable to Member for Eastern Victoria Region, Harriet Shing

“With a wealth of local knowledge and strong links to their communities, this funding will support Councils across Gippsland to continue their important role in managing emergency situations.”

“The Andrews Labor Government understands that communities in Gippsland face their own unique challenges. This Municipal Emergency Resourcing Program is designed to assist local governments as they prepare and protect communities across the region.”

Funding allocated to Councils by LGA:

Baw Baw $60,000
Bass Coast $60,000
East Gippsland $120,000
Latrobe $60,000
South Gippsland $60,000
Wellington $120,000