Wednesday, 7 November 2018

Emergency services volunteers in South Gippsland 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 grant recipients:

Agency Organisation Name Category Project description  VESEP grant contribution
(ex. GST)
 Local co-contribution
(ex. GST)
Total Project Cost
(ex. GST)
CFA Kongwak & District Operational Equipment Quick Fill Pump  $        19,211.00  $      2,000.00 $21,211.00
CFA Yanakie Vehicles & Appliances Ultra Light Tanker  $      118,500.00  $   21,500.00 $140,000.00
VIC SES Foster Building Refurbishment Renovate LHQ, cure rising damp issue  $        69,234.00  $ 105,766.00 $175,000.00
VIC SES Yarram Building Refurbishment Re-skin of building and renovate LHQ  $      127,333.00  $   63,667.00 $191,000.00
LSV Woodside Beach SLSC Vehicles and Appliances Vehicle Upgrade  $        32,128.00  $   16,064.00 $48,192.00
LSV Venus Bay SLSC Operational Equipment Patrol equipment trailer, mobile patrol tower, engineers report for tower  $           9,752.00  $      4,876.00 $14,628.00
LSV Waratah Beach SLSC Operational Equipment Mobile Patrol Tower, Manual Handling & PPE Upgrade  $        15,435.45  $      7,717.73 $23,153.18
LSV Seaspray SLSC Operational Equipment Inflatable Rescue Boat & Trailer  $        10,230.00  $      5,115.00 $15,345.00

They are some of 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 this grant will ensure the South Gippsland 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.”