19 Mar 2021 Media Release

Major boost for emergency services in eastern metropolitan region

The Andrews Labor Government has invested $224,931 in emergency services in the Eastern Metropolitan Region to provide an essential vehicle and minor facility improvements for local volunteers.

Member for Eastern Metropolitan Region, Sonja Terpstra has announced the Warrandyte Country Fire Authority (CFA), and Victorian State Emergency Service (VICSES) Manningham and Maroondah Units would receive funding to help protect their local community.

These projects are amongst 240 grants sharing in more than $14 million in funding under the government’s 2020-21 Volunteer Emergency Services Equipment Program (VESEP).

The Warrandyte CFA are receiving funds to improve their turnout room and security system, Maroondah VICSES have been awarded funds for vehicle and appliance upgrades, and the Manningham VICSES are now able to expand their vehicle fleet with $150,000 going towards a truck for the branch.

Under the program, the Victorian Government matches every $1 paid by volunteer groups with a $2 co-contribution up to $150,000 per project. This brings the total investment in these projects to $366,096.

The annual grants program gives volunteer emergency service groups the opportunity to apply for grants of up to $150,000 to purchase equipment including vehicles, trucks, tankers, watercraft and trailers, and for minor improvements including refurbishments and amenities, such as kitchens and change rooms.

For more information about the VESEP, visit the Emergency Management Victoria website – emv.vic.gov.au.

Quotes attributable to Acting Minister for Police and Emergency Services Danny Pearson

“We’re ensuring our emergency service volunteers are well resourced with the essential equipment they need to carry out their critical work.”

“Emergency service volunteers make selfless and brave contributions to local communities and the broader Victorian community – and the Volunteer Emergency Services Equipment Program supports their ongoing dedication to keeping Victorians safe.”

Quotes attributable to Member for Eastern Metropolitan Region Sonja Terpstra

“These important projects will give our hardworking CFA and VICSES volunteers in the Eastern Metropolitan Region the equipment and amenities needed to effectively carry out their duties.”

“I’d like to thank all of our volunteer groups for their hard work and congratulate the successful applicants in the 2020-2021 round of VESEP grants.”