Wednesday, 7 November 2018

Emergency services volunteers in Bass Coast will share in more than $13.3 million in grants for life-saving equipment, thanks to the Andrews Labor Government.

Member for Eastern Victoria Region, Harriet Shing, today announced the following grants:

Agency Organisation Name Category Project description  VESEP grant contribution
(ex. GST)
 Local co-contribution
(ex. GST)
Total Project Cost
(ex. GST)
CFA Bass Coast Vehicles & Appliances Rehabilitation Unit  $      140,000.00  $                   – $140,000.00
CFA Kilcunda Minor Facilities Interactive Whyte board  $           4,080.00  $      2,040.00 $6,120.00
CFA Koo Wee Rup Minor Facilities Electronic door latch and key fob  $           1,819.00  $         910.00 $2,729.00
CFA San Remo Minor Facilities Motorise Station Door  $        20,000.00  $   10,000.00 $30,000.00
VIC SES Pakenham Medium Rescue Rescue 1 Replacement  $      150,000.00  $   94,244.00 $244,244.00
LSV Wonthaggi LSC Operational Equipment Lifesaving  Rescue Equipment  and Storage Replacement  $        49,472.00  $   24,736.00 $74,208.00
LSV Inverloch SLSC Minor Building Works Installation of Solar on Observation Tower  $        13,636.37  $      6,818.18 $20,454.55
CFA Bass Vehicles & Appliances Ultra Light Tanker $       118,500.00 $21,500.00 $140,000.00

There are 230 new grants for emergency service volunteer brigades and units around the state, as part of the 2018-19 Volunteer Emergency Services Equipment Program (VESEP).

The program funds operational equipment in addition to vehicles, trucks, tankers, watercraft, trailers and minor facility upgrades.

Under the VESEP, the Labor Government matches every dollar paid by volunteer groups with a $2 co-contribution – this year increasing the maximum contribution from $100,000 to $150,000.

Contributions this year include:

  • almost $9.8 million for volunteer Country Fire Authority brigades
  • more than $2.1 million for State Emergency Service units
  • more than $315,000 for Marine Search and Rescue, including the Australian Volunteer Coast Guard Association
  • almost $800,000 for Life Saving Victoria clubs
  • almost $340,000 for other volunteer agencies.

For more information about the VESEP, visit the Emergency Management Victoria website at

Quotes attributable to Member for Eastern Victoria Region, Harriet Shing

“Volunteers are at the heart of our emergency services and these grants will ensure the Bass Coast region has the modern equipment they need to keep the local community safe.”

“Our emergency services volunteers are often the first line of defence during fires, floods, storms and water emergencies. We thank them and value the hard yards they put in to keep their communities safe.”